The Golden Gate Bridge

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I was so pleased to be able to get many views of this historical bridge that has been photographed by millions. This first photo and next photo collage images were taken on Thursday from the Presidio and from China Beach.

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The name of the bridge has nothing to do with the color but with the fact that the waterway that the bridge spans has been considered a gateway. The Golden Gate Strait is the entrance to the San Francisco Bay from the Pacific Ocean.  The strait is approximately three-miles long by one-mile wide with currents ranging from 4.5 to 7.5 knots.  It is generally accepted that the strait was named “Chrysopylae”, or Golden Gate, by John C. Fremont, Captain, topographical Engineers of the U.S. Army circa 1846.  It reminded him of a harbor in Istanbul named Chrysoceras or Golden Horn.

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On Friday I took a hop on hop off bust tour of San Francisco and it was a very grey and rainy day. These are the shots I got from the tour bus.

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This photo was taken from the Top of the Mark on our first day in San Francisco. We walked to the hotel to have a drink and small bites in their top floor restaurant with 360 degree views of the town.

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Don’t forget to look up when you are on the tour bus. I’m glad I didn’t drown or soak my camera lens!

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Now for a treasure of a photo from 1959! This is my sister Vera, our lifelong friend Milla with our friends from San Francisco, the Hamzieffs. We must have been strolling across the Golden Gate Bridge.

Hope you all have a great Friday and weekend. An update on me going grey, my hairdresser decided a gentle approach with foils would be the best way to go. A little silver at a time till my hair catches up. She’ll leave whatever grows out naturally uncovered and add streaking to the ends of the new growth. I don’t know if I explained that right but the grey/white will be subtle. Now today I’ve got to get my cleaning skills out of the closet and get moving!

9 thoughts on “The Golden Gate Bridge

  1. You have shown me Golden Gate as I have never seen it before (in pictures for I still haven’t seen it in person). Thank you for those unique views. Wonderful vintage photo with your sister, too. They look so cute and dressed up for their walk across the bridge.

  2. Your hairdresser has a good idea and I look forward to watching the new, silvery you, emerge shining.
    I would love to see the Golden Gate! The photo of your sister and friends is lovely – a snap that really gives one a sense of time and place.

  3. Can’t wait to see your new look, Ellen ! and thank you for the history behind the name.. I always wondered … I have ‘seen’ the Golden Gate Bridge flying in to the airport… but it was only a short lay over and I didn’t get to cross the bridge … I love the old photo .. and you updated ones as well.

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