S: San Francisco, CA 2012
BC: "San Francisco has only one drawback. 'Tis hard to leave" ~Rudyard Kipling | Created for Antony with much love. Mom :)
FC: San Francisco 2 0 1 2 | If you're alive, you can't be bored in San Francisco. If you're not alive, San Francisco will bring you to life. William Saroyan
1: Antony's Graduation Trip to San Francisco, California | June 29-July 6, 2012 | Antony enjoys photography so it made sense that he chose California as the destination for his high school graduation trip. After realizing just how big California is, and the fact that we only had a week, we decided to narrow it down to one region. San Francisco is one of the top tourist destinations in the world, and is renowned for its cool summers, fog, steep rolling hills, eclectic mix of architecture, and landmarks including the Golden Gate Bridge, cable cars, and its Chinatown.
2: Once we arrived in San Francisco we knew it was a great choice! This place has so much diversity.... the arts, cultures, parks, food, scenery.... you name it! Some of our experiences are displayed in this album, but without the cool air, sounds, and smells, it's not quite the same.
3: San Francisco has so much to see and do.... and not enough time to do it all! | "Painted Ladies" | Alcatraz from the Pier
4: Hotel Mark Twain | 345 Taylor St. | Hotel Mark Twain is situated near the Powell Station and Union Square. We enjoyed the hotel's Lemonade Station located in the lobby. | "The coldest winter I ever saw was the summer I spent in San Francisco." ~ Mark Twain
5: I left my heart in San Francisco... | Heart sculptures are painted by different artists and installed at various locations throughout San Francisco. The heart sculptures are auctioned off each year with the proceeds going to the San Francisco General Hospital Foundation.
6: The Golden Gate Bridge is a suspension bridge spanning the Golden Gate, the opening of the San Francisco Bay into the Pacific Ocean. Irving Morrow, a relatively unknown residential architect, designed the overall shape of the bridge towers, the lighting scheme, and Art Deco elements such as the streetlights, railing, and walkways. The famous International Orange color was originally used as a sealant for the bridge. Many locals persuaded Morrow to paint the bridge in the vibrant orange color instead of the standard silver or gray, and the color has been kept ever since.
7: Golden Gate Bridge facts to illustrate its size: Total length: Including approaches, 1.7 miles Width: 90 feet Clearance above the high water (average): 220 feet Towers: 746 feet above the water 500 feet above the roadway There are about 600,000 rivets in EACH tower.
8: Union Square retains its role as the ceremonial "heart" of San Francisco, serving as the site of many public concerts & events, art shows, impromptu protests, private parties and events. | In and around Union Square | Bathrooms @ Macy's | CROSSCUT
9: Union Square is a plaza of 2.6 acres bordered by Geary, Powell, Post and Stockton Streets. "Union Square" also refers to the central shopping, hotel, and theater district that surrounds the plaza for several blocks. The area got its name because it was once used for rallies and support for the Union Army during the Civil War. | Lombard Street is known as "the crookedest street in the world".
10: The Haight-Ashbury district is noted for its role as a center of the 1960s hippie movement. | Golden Gate Park and its surroundings | City Hall was modeled after St. Peter's Basilica
11: Golden Gate Park is a beautiful oasis in the middle of a bustling city, you'll find museums, gardens, a lake, and even a herd of bison. | The Golden Gate Park Band celebrated July 4th with patriotic and American music at the historic Spreckels “Temple of Music”.
12: The festive (and very steep) streets of CHINATOWN | Chinatown, in San Francisco, California, is the oldest Chinatown in North America and the largest Chinese community outside Asia. Established in 1848. | 20,000 cookies are made each day at the Golden Gate Fortune Cookies Co.
13: Chinatown | 56 Ross Alley
14: We rented a car for two days. The first day out we headed north to Sausalito where we enjoyed a drive through the hills and breakfast at Fred's Coffee Shop. We cut over to Muir Woods where we walked the trails through tall redwoods and took a side road to Muir Beach Overlook which had beautiful views of the Pacific Ocean, cliffs, and Muir Beach.
15: Muir Woods Monument: The trees' ages range from 400 to 800 years, their height up to 250 feet.
16: Our drive north to Napa Valley
17: There are approximately 400 wineries in Napa Valley.
19: "I don't know of any other city where you can walk through so many culturally diverse neighborhoods, and you're never out of sight of the wild hills. Nature is very close here." ~ Gary Snyder,Pulitzer prize-winning poet and essayist
20: Google Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOG) is an American multinational corporation which provides Internet-related products and services
21: Silicone Valley Home to many of the world's largest technology corporations | Yahoo! Inc. (NASDAQ: YHOO) is an American multinational internet corporation headquartered in Sunnyvale, California
22: Making our way around San Francisco
25: At Pier 39, there are shops, restaurants, a video arcade, street performances, an interpretive center for the Marine Mammal Center, the Aquarium of the Bay, virtual 3D rides, and views of California sea lions hauled out on docks on Pier 39's marina.
26: Los Angeles? That’s just a big parking lot where you buy a hamburger for a trip to San Francisco | John Lennon | American Graffiti was filmed here! | Oldest Coffee Shop in Sausilito | Locals' favorite breakfast spot for 40 years. | Garlic, lime & cilantro fries | l
27: San Francisco is a city where people are never more abroad than when they are at home. Benjamin F. Taylor | Voted one of the best breakfasts in San Francisco by Citysearch.com