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.
Wooden Sea Lion
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.
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 historic 11-story Southern Pacific building served as headquarters for the Southern Pacific Railroad.
Sea Lions basking in the sun
The Saints Peter and Paul Church has been featured in the movies Dirty Harry and Sister Act 2.
Saigon Dragon Dog
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 rocky and windswept shoreline of the Lands End area.
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.
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.
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 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.
Golden Gate Bridge view from my hostel.
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.
more 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.
Fort Mason Hostel Interior
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.
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.
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.
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.
Reunited with my cousin Lorelei after 35 long years! This was amazing!
Alcatraz Al Weiwei Chinese Dragon segments
Alcatraz Al Weiwei Chinese Dragon
Alcatraz Al Weiwei Kites
Alcatraz Al Weiwei Kites
Alcatraz Al Weiwei Large bird wing
Alcatraz Al WeiWei Porcelin Flowers in a toilet … a personal favorite. LOL
Alcatraz Al Weiwei songs of freedom made entirely of Legos
Alcatraz central walkway was Braodway
Alcatraz Prison cell. And they are cold!
Alcatraz escape plan and cell
Alcatraz from Fog Harbor on Fisherman’s Wharf
Alcatraz garden was part of the 1920’s beautification project
Alcatraz hospital room
Alcatraz massive kitchen pots
Alcatraz knife rack in kitchen
Alcatraz laundry area
Alcatraz Officer memorial
Alcatraz Officer’s Quarters being reclaimed by nature
Alcatraz shower room
Alcatraz solitary confinement cell
Alcatraz Solitary confinement cells
Alcatraz Water Tower
Alcatraz Wet Treatment Room