When Suzanne and John arrived to Vineyard RV Park, we made plans to bike the Golden Gate Bridge together. The weather cooperated with no rain or fog and temperatures were in the mid 70's. Arriving before noon at the parking lot on the northwest side of the Golden Gate Bridge, we easily find parking. We are on our way..
Bike and walker traffic was heavy on the east pedestrian side of the bridge this time. It seemed good to get out of the rush of people, get some lunch and continue to explore more of this side of San Francisco.
While standing on the bridge we noticed this huge dome-like structure and were intrigued how it was higher than the surrounding buildings, therefore we all decided to bike over and check it out. It seems we have found the Palace of Fine Arts. This impressive landmark was built in 1915 to showcase San Francisco's emergence from the devastating earthquake of 1906 and to signify the Panama Pacific International Exposition (a celebration of the completion of the Panama Canal.)
Indeed, this place was remarkable with it's classical European feel.
There is also an adjoining theater building that showcases ballet and other dance/musical performances. What is also amazing, this structure was meant to be torn down after the Exposition but because it was so popular, it was decided to leave it for the people to enjoy.
Click here for more historical information on the Palace of Fine Arts.
After exploring this prominent landmark, we needed some refreshment. We bike over to the Ghirardelli Square and indulge in some of the best chocolate ice cream San Francisco has to offer. Biking back over the Golden Gate Bridge, the views all change with the setting sun. There are sail boat races on the bay and thankfully the pedestrian crowds on the bridge are reduced. What a fantastic day we have shared with our friends, Suzanne and John.
You can see the dome-like structure of the Palace of Fine Arts in the photo below. Look just above the trees to the center, left.
as we have eased on down the road to San Diego.