San Francisco (Set #3): Forget it Jake, it’s Chinatown …

My third and final set of San Francisco photos from my recent weekend visit focuses on Chinatown and the nearby TransAmerica Pyramid, which dominates the skyline of San Francisco from just about every angle. The Pyramid is just a hop, skip, and a jump from Chinatown, so it’s almost always present at every street crossing.

I walk through Chinatown every time I visit San Francisco and each time something new catches my eye. This time I was amazed by some of the murals on the side streets, and beyond that, some of the buildings’ paint jobs, like that striking green (no filter added) building above.

My walk through Chinatown always ends at a legendary San Francisco bookstore, City Lights. From there I walk down Columbus Avenue towards the TransAmerica Pyramid and always encounter Francis Ford Coppola’s Zoetrope Building. I’m always struck by the juxtaposition of these two buildings, even though they’re blocks apart. They’re both such iconic structures representing different eras—and cultures—in the city. I almost always have to snap a few photos of them, separately and together.

That’s it for San Francisco, folks. Coming up later this year: Seattle, Portland, New York City, and (drum roll, please): LONDON!

All photos were taken with an iPhone 6. Click on the thumbnails to see the photos larger on your screen and in slideshow mode. If you like my photos please follow me on Instagram @gg92101.



 

San Francisco (Set #2): Lions, Jukeboxes, and Gandhi …

This second set of photos from my recent weekend in San Francisco includes Haight-Ashbury, Pacific Heights, and near the Ferry Building. It was a rainy Saturday (and a cloudy Sunday) for walking, but I put in the miles and took some great photos, including this mural (above) on mural-filled Haight Street. Did you know there are lots of lions in Pacific Heights? They’re all ornamental, but they’re there nonetheless. And did you know that Gandhi gets no respect? I’m not quite sure why there’s a statue of the famed peacemaker at the Ferry Building, but birds seem to love him. This set also includes books and bookstores (The Booksmith on Haight and Books Inc. in the Marina District), the charming houses of San Francisco, both large and small jukeboxes at Mel’s Diner on Mission St., and the requisite Vespa shot. Plus some seagulls, including Steven Seagull, behind the Ferry Building overlooking the Bay Bridge. And cheese. Lots and lots of cheese.

One more photo set to come: Chinatown and the always-looming TransAmerica Pyramid!

All photos were taken with an iPhone 6. Click on the thumbnails to see the photos larger on your screen and in slideshow mode. If you like my photos please follow me on Instagram @gg92101.


 


 

San Francisco (Set 1): The City & Berkeley…

I was able to cram in one small (4 days) quicky vacation to one of the cities I love: San Francisco, before my life becomes an endless ramp-up to one week in July.  I love SF because it’s still a city you can go to and walk around and visit actual, honest-to-god BOOKSTORES. (I also love it because my dear friend Caryn lives there, and hey … any chance to see her is okay by me.) And, oh yeah, San Francisco has other stuff, too.

Every time I travel these days, I come home and realize that no matter how much I love San Diego (and I LOVE San Diego, don’t get me wrong), its downtown area is made up of one dying shopping mall (Horton Plaza)—which was considered wonderful and revolutionary at the time of its inception—and a bunch of chain or ethnic restaurants. That’s pretty much it. San Francisco, Portland, Seattle, and of course, New York City, are so vibrant and buzzing and teeming with shopping and entertainment and museums, and San Diego is just … blah . . . these days to me. It’s a small downtown area, beautiful in its own way, but it needs something major to shake it up, and the new Horton Plaza park (which opens May 4, 2016) is NOT going to be it.

But I digress. As I was saying, I love San Francisco. I’ve visited many times, so my photo expeditions are becoming a bit smaller and more focused, because otherwise I end up repeating myself. I have three sets to share with you, including this one, which concentrates on a bit of the city (the first sight I saw coming up the escalator from BART; a noirish alleyway; the dome of a–believe it or not–MALL), and my usual bookstore expedition to Berkeley, which takes me through “hidden” Berkeley, away from the university and by beautiful old homes and businesses, including the funky, old Elmwood Theater, which is impossible for me to walk by and NOT take a few photos.

All in all, I visited 12 bookstores and 2 comic book stores. It’s a great bookstore town, as is Berkeley (home of 5 of those 12 above mentioned bookstores, and both cats featured below).

More photos later.

All photos were taken with an iPhone 6. Click on the thumbnails to see the photos larger on your screen and in slideshow mode. If you like my photos please follow me on Instagram @gg92101.