Architecture, California, Cityscape & Urban, Coffee, Travel

why gold?

Why is it called the Golden Gate Bridge? Well, this is a question that a lot of people ask themselves, including me when I first visited it a few years back. In fact, many San Francisco residents don’t know the story of the bridge’s name, so I’m not alone! you are not alone!
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Well, this term actually refers to the Golden Gate Strait which is the entrance to the San Fran Bay from the Pacific Ocean. Since the bridge straddles the Golden Gate Strait, it makes sense that it would be called the Golden Gate Bridge! A lot of folks believe that the Golden Gate Strait and Golden Gate Bridge were named after California’s famous gold rush, but this is not the case. The gold rush had nothing to do with the naming of the Golden Gate.
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It’s gold though! Those wondering “Why is it called the Golden Gate Bridge?” have probably noticed that the bridge is actually gold. Well, technically the bridge is painted a color called “orange vermilion,” which is also known as “international orange.” Its bright color was selected because of its name and location – making it truly “The Golden Gate Bridge.” (sources say from my surface browsing).
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On other other news, the sad and great news… I am not allowed to drink any caffeinated beverages these days and yes, that includes my favorite “coffee” 😦 . The reason? it’s my hyper-acidity gone wild :D, for how long? I dunno. To me, this is the perfect time though (not the hyper-acidity) ‘coz I’ve been trying to tame the addiction for a while now and as the saying goes – “old habits die hard”, I wasn’t any close to being successful on that department. So, yeah…

Happy spring anyway!

13 Comments

  1. Gorgeous images of the bridge! I never knew the history, either, and I have family (cousins) who live out there.

    Your coffee image on the right made me smile today. 😉

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    • Oh, that’s really nice to know you have family there, maybe you can ask if they know the history 😀

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  2. I never knew this, Prem. Thank you for sharing here. The photographs are beautiful.
    You take care of that tummy!!

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    • Thanks Lisa… I’m glad to be able to share a bit. 🙂 Have a nice week!

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  3. Oh no! No coffee? How will that go? will we see tea-posts for a while? :-p

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    • I don’t think you’ll see tea posts either… they too have caffeine 😦 I’m doomed! hahahah…

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  4. Aw, sorry about the hyper-acidity! What are your symptoms? I love coffee, too, but have to keep it to a minimum because of my anxiety. 😦

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    • ahhh… I had fever early this week, i felt bloated, nauseated and even vomiting. So, i had to go to the doc already. This was my 2nd major attack. So I have to be mindful this time ‘coz I don’t like the idea of those tubes in me inserted thru my mouth, you know? 😀 and I hate taking medicines.

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    • Oh, I also had the acid reflux all the time which isn’t pleasant. 😦

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