Golden Gate Park

The lungs of San Francisco are in Golden Gate Park. I found myself often gravitating towards it. It’s a huge park at the city’s centre. In the park, there is the de Young art museum, a botanical gardens, a Japanese garden, the California Academy of Sciences, a conservatory, buffalo (!), and two windmills (a gift … Continue reading / view photos Golden Gate Park

Angel Island

One of the day trips you can do from San Francisco is to Angel Island, a thirty minute boat ride that passes Alcatraz (the inescapable prison, now closed). Once there, I walked up Mount Livermore – a pleasant two hour circular climb, ascending about 240m. From the top, you get good views of the San … Continue reading / view photos Angel Island

A little taste of San Francisco art

The de Young museum in Golden Gate Park is a pleasant way to spend an afternoon. It had a Gauguin exhibition on and a permanent collection of modern and classical art. The Legion of Honor, another art museum, had a surprisingly large Rubens collection, including a large version of The Thinker sculpture. View photos A little taste of San Francisco art

Dazzling San Francisco

Whether it’s Haight-Ashbury, The Painted Ladies, Pier 39 or another part of San Francisco, you’ll see plenty of colours in shop interiors, street art and architecture. View photos Dazzling San Francisco

The many faces of the Golden Gate Bridge

Golden Gate Bridge seems just like another bridge. As you see it more and more, you begin to realise its elusive quality. Mornings in San Francisco seem to always start with a fog hanging in the air. As the morning progresses, the fog is burned away if the sun does its magic. The Golden Gate … Continue reading / view photos The many faces of the Golden Gate Bridge

San Francisco architecture

09 July 2019 23:06 One of the first things I noticed about the housing in San Francisco is how unique each house is. Initially I thought this was a characteristic of one street. The more streets I saw, however, the more I realised that this was true of much of San Francisco and, as I … Continue reading / view photos San Francisco architecture

The streets of San Francisco

In the 1970s there were a lot of police shows, each of which had a distinctive feature or two. Some of the shows that come to mind include: Columbo: raincoat, “Just one more thing” Kojak: lollipop McCloud: cowboy in the city CHiPs: highway patrol Starsky and Hutch: car Banacek: clever crimes Hawaii Five-O: exotic location, … Continue reading / view photos The streets of San Francisco

Tiger Woods stopped my bike ride

Monterey, our final stop before San Francisco, looks like quite an affluent coastal town. There’s a beach there but we mostly walked around Fisherman’s Wharf and Cannery Row (where John Steinbeck’s novel is set). On the second day in Monterey, some of the group did a bike ride, which was supposed to be about 20km. … Continue reading / view photos Tiger Woods stopped my bike ride

Looking at elephant seals and big feet

After leaving Pismo Beach, we drove north along the coast towards Monterey. We stopped to see Morra Rock where this woman told me that she had retired there having lived in San Francisco. The area had ideal weather: the temperature was moderate all year round. The rock, I learnt, is a volcanic plug (the leftover … Continue reading / view photos Looking at elephant seals and big feet

Pismo and Avila Beaches

The hiking was now over and the group part of my trip was ending. After seeing the giant trees, we returned to the west coast to stay making our way back to San Francisco. The first stop was Pismo Beach; the second, Avila Beach – a few kilometres northwest of Pismo Beach. Avila Beach is … Continue reading / view photos Pismo and Avila Beaches