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San Francisco

January 13th, 2015

San Francisco is the cultural, commercial and financial center of Northern California, yet only encompasses 49 square miles. Founded in 1776, it’s the most densely populated city  in the state of California, and the second most densely populated major city in the United States. The Gold Rush of 1849 brought rapid growth at the time, today San Francisco is a popular tourist destination, known for cool summers, fog, steep rolling hills, various landmarks and an eclectic mix of architecture. AND a great place to meet up with a cousin!

 

San Francisco fishing boats on a sunny day.

San Francisco fishing boats on a sunny day.

Wooden Sea Lion

Wooden Sea Lion

Wooden Fisherman

Wooden Fisherman

War Memorial Opera House

War Memorial Opera House

A couple of "painted ladies" in San Francisco. The term refers to the use of 3 or more colors of paint being used.

A couple of “painted ladies” in San Francisco. The term refers to the use of 3 or more colors of paint being used.

Hearts in San Francisco is an annual public art installation started in 2004.   Each year, uniform heart sculptures are painted by different artists and installed around town, including Union Square.

Hearts in San Francisco is an annual public art installation started in 2004.
Each year, uniform heart sculptures are painted by different artists and installed around town, including Union Square.

The Transamerica Pyramid is the tallest skyscraper in the San Francisco skyline.

The Transamerica Pyramid is the tallest skyscraper in the San Francisco skyline.

The historic 11-story Southern Pacific building served as headquarters for the Southern Pacific Railroad.

The historic 11-story Southern Pacific building served as headquarters for the Southern Pacific Railroad.

Sea Lions basking in the sun

Sea Lions basking in the sun

The Saints Peter and Paul Church has been featured in the movies Dirty Harry and Sister Act 2.

The Saints Peter and Paul Church has been featured in the movies Dirty Harry and Sister Act 2.

Saigon Dragon Dog

Saigon Dragon Dog

More basking sea lions

More basking sea lions

The Palace of Fine Arts in Presidio was originally constructed for the 1915 Panama-Pacific Expo and still sits on the original site.

The Palace of Fine Arts in Presidio was originally constructed for the 1915 Panama-Pacific Expo and still sits on the original site.

The rocky and windswept shoreline of the Lands End area.

The rocky and windswept shoreline of the Lands End area.

The Pacific Gas & Electric Company building was completed in 1971 and is 490ft tall.

The Pacific Gas & Electric Company building was completed in 1971 and is 490ft tall.

The Neiman Marcus Rotunda serves elegant Contemporary American food along with the view.

The Neiman Marcus Rotunda serves elegant Contemporary American food along with the view.

San Francisco National Cemetery is a U.S. National Cemetery, located in the Presidio.

San Francisco National Cemetery is a U.S. National Cemetery, located in the Presidio.

The Matson Building is a historic office building constructed to serve as the headquarters for the largest shipping and transportation company between the West Coast and Hawaii.

The Matson Building is a historic office building constructed to serve as the headquarters for the largest shipping and transportation company between the West Coast and Hawaii.

A pagoda devoted to eternal peace towers over this concrete-paved plaza in the heart of Japantown.

A pagoda devoted to eternal peace towers over this concrete-paved plaza in the heart of Japantown.

The Hearst Building is part of the colorful California history that stretches back to the gold rush days. It witnessed developments by its owner that changed the way newspapers were read and politicians of the day were viewed.

The Hearst Building is part of the colorful California history that stretches back to the gold rush days. It witnessed developments by its owner that changed the way newspapers were read and politicians of the day were viewed.

The Japanese Tea Garden in San Francisco, California, is a popular feature of Golden Gate Park.

The Japanese Tea Garden in San Francisco, California, is a popular feature of Golden Gate Park.

Dutch Windmill that operated to pump water in the Golden Gate Park.

Dutch Windmill that operated to pump water in the Golden Gate Park.

Golden Gate Bridge view from my hostel.

Golden Gate Bridge view from my hostel.

Golden Gate Bridge in the morning

Golden Gate Bridge in the morning

Ghirardelli Square is a landmark public square with shops and restaurants in the Fisherman's Wharf area. They no longer make chocolate at this location.

Ghirardelli Square is a landmark public square with shops and restaurants in the Fisherman’s Wharf area. They no longer make chocolate at this location.

more Fishing Boats

more Fishing Boats

Fishing Boats

Fishing Boats

Fisherman's Wharf is a neighborhood and popular tourist attraction in San Francisco. It roughly encompasses the northern waterfront area of San Francisco from Ghirardelli Square or Van Ness Avenue east to Pier 35 or Kearny Street.

Fisherman’s Wharf is a neighborhood and popular tourist attraction in San Francisco. It roughly encompasses the northern waterfront area of San Francisco from Ghirardelli Square or Van Ness Avenue east to Pier 35 or Kearny Street.

Fort Mason Hostel Interior

Fort Mason Hostel Interior

Fort Mason hospital turned hostel exterior

Fort Mason hospital turned hostel exterior

Fishermen's Grotto opened in 1935 as the first sit down restaurant on San Francisco's world famous Fisherman's Wharf.

Fishermen’s Grotto opened in 1935 as the first sit down restaurant on San Francisco’s world famous Fisherman’s Wharf.

Disney Family Museum in the Presidio.

Disney Family Museum in the Presidio.

City Hall in San Francisco. The structure's dome is the fifth largest in the world - taller than that of the United States Capitol by 42 feet.

City Hall in San Francisco. The structure’s dome is the fifth largest in the world – taller than that of the United States Capitol by 42 feet.

Chinatown Gate at The Chinatown centered on Grant Avenue and Stockton Street in San Francisco, California, is the oldest Chinatown in North America and the largest Chinese community outside Asia

Chinatown Gate at The Chinatown centered on Grant Avenue and Stockton Street in San Francisco, California, is the oldest Chinatown in North America and the largest Chinese community outside Asia

Famous Boudin Bakery famous for over 100 years for it's sourdough.

Famous Boudin Bakery famous for over 100 years for it’s sourdough.

Blue Mermaid is a popular seafood eatery known for its chowders in the Ghiradelli Square area.

Blue Mermaid is a popular seafood eatery known for its chowders in the Ghiradelli Square area.

The old AT&T Building was San Francisco's first significant skyscraper development when construction began in 1924. It is currently home to Yelp.

The old AT&T Building was San Francisco’s first significant skyscraper development when construction began in 1924. It is currently home to Yelp.

Reunited with my cousin Lorelei after 35 long years! This was amazing!

Reunited with my cousin Lorelei after 35 long years! This was amazing!

 Alcatraz Al Weiwei Chinese Dragon segments

Alcatraz Al Weiwei Chinese Dragon segments

Alcatraz Al Weiwei Chinese Dragon

Alcatraz Al Weiwei Chinese Dragon

 Alcatraz Al Weiwei Kites

Alcatraz Al Weiwei Kites

 Alcatraz Al Weiwei Kites

Alcatraz Al Weiwei Kites

Alcatraz Al Weiwei Large bird wing

Alcatraz Al Weiwei Large bird wing

Alcatraz Al WeiWei Porcelin Flowers in a toilet ... a personal favorite. LOL

Alcatraz Al WeiWei Porcelin Flowers in a toilet … a personal favorite. LOL

Alcatraz Al Weiwei songs of freedom made entirely of Legos

Alcatraz Al Weiwei songs of freedom made entirely of Legos

Alcatraz central walkway was Braodway

Alcatraz central walkway was Braodway

Alcatraz Prison cell. And they are cold!

Alcatraz Prison cell. And they are cold!

Alcatraz escape plan and cell

Alcatraz escape plan and cell

 Alcatraz from Fog Harbor on Fisherman's Wharf

Alcatraz from Fog Harbor on Fisherman’s Wharf

Alcatraz garden was part of the 1920's beautification project

Alcatraz garden was part of the 1920’s beautification project

Alcatraz hospital room

Alcatraz hospital room

Alcatraz massive kitchen pots

Alcatraz massive kitchen pots

Alcatraz knife rack in kitchen

Alcatraz knife rack in kitchen

Alcatraz laundry area

Alcatraz laundry area

Alcatraz Officer memorial

Alcatraz Officer memorial

 Alcatraz Officer's Quarters being reclaimed by nature

Alcatraz Officer’s Quarters being reclaimed by nature

Alcatraz shower room

Alcatraz shower room

Alcatraz solitary confinement cell

Alcatraz solitary confinement cell

Alcatraz Solitary confinement cells

Alcatraz Solitary confinement cells

Alcatraz Water Tower

Alcatraz Water Tower

Alcatraz Wet Treatment Room

Alcatraz Wet Treatment Room

 Alcatraz Wheelchair

Alcatraz Wheelchair

 

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  • Richard R. Henry Jr. says on: January 13, 2015 at 11:01 am

     

    That was really cool I remember the fishermans worf sign and the grave yard but that’s about it I’m so glad you had a fun time

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Tamara's Journeys

Journeys as great as the destinations.