Before I had visited San Francisco, whenever I would hear the name of the city, the first picture that came to mind was the Golden Gate Bridge. Designed by Joseph Strauss, it is one of the world’s most famous landmarks and probably the most photographed bridge in the world. It connects San Francisco to Marin Headlands. After four years of construction, it opened on the 27th of May 1937 and was described by the San Francisco Chronicle of the time as ‘A thirty-five million dollar steel harp’ as this was how much the bridge cost.
It is huge. The towers are 4200 ft (1280meters) apart, each one is 746ft (227m) above the water and or 500ft (152m) above the suspended roadway. 80,000 miles of steel cable were used in the bridge and until 1964 it was the longest suspension bridge in the world.
We visited the bridge a few times and even drove through it during our stay in San Francisco. One time it was cold and foggy, so cold that I thought that my fingers would freeze while taking photos in a chilling wind. Another time we were lucky to have stunning blue skies all around. I loved seeing it. Orangey-red against a clear blue sky or almost entirely hidden in the fog. It is a impressive structure and a stunning sight.