Ah, San Francisco. Hard to believe it's been over twenty years since I lived there.
I still return as often as I can, which is never often enough.
This isn't really a "guide" in the usual sense— there are already plenty of of those.
Instead, I've combined photographs I've taken with old postcards I've collected,
and assembled this portrait of The City by the Bay.
Here is the way I see San Francisco. It may or may not be the way someone else sees
Oh, well. That's what makes it idiosyncratic!
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Ever have trouble telling the Golden Gate Bridge from the Bay Bridge? This handy
comparison will end your confusion forever, at least about which bridge is which!
Once nicknamed "The Slot," Market Street remains the busiest, most eclectic street
in San Francisco.
Don't bring your swim trunks. North Beach isn't a beach at all, but rather one of
San Francisco's best-known neighborhoods: home of first-rate Italian restaurants
and third-rate strip joints.
Epicenter of the San Francisco $hopping district.
Charming tourtist attraction or dangerous, overcrowded ghetto?
GOLDEN GATE PARK
A thousand acres of greenery in the middle of The City, which has gone through some
major changes in recent years.
THE CLIFF HOUSE
For over a century, it's been “where SanFrancisco begins.” (or ends, I guess, if
you happen to be coming from the other direction...)
THE FERRY BUILDING
After decades of exile behind the Embarcadero Freeway, San Francisco's Ferry Building
has come back in a big way.
THE POWELL ST. TURNTABLE
Time and time again, the postcard photographers have returned to the spot where the
cable cars turn around.
Most people have seen “the world's largest firehose nozzle” atop Telegraph Hill. But
the real show is inside.
Twenty places and things it's too late to go visit.
EARLY 1940s POSTCARD SET
A set of classic black & white views of The City, and the folder they came in.
OLD 35mm SLIDES, part 1
Vacation pictures from somebody's trip to San Francisco. (My wife Carla found these
at an estate sale.)
OLD 35mm SLIDES, part 2
From the same estate sale: A very color-faded set of slides from some long-forgotten
giftshop. If you’ve ever wanted to see The City tinted pinky-orange, this is your
Gone but not forgotten, Herb Caen's column was a part of every San Franciscan's morning.
Here we’ll examine some of Herb’s lesser-known writing...
KTVU's CAPTAIN SATELLITE
Afternoon TV hero to millions of Bay Area kids during the sixties.
"OUR LADY OF DARKNESS"
Perry Lake returns to San Francisco to search out the real-life locations described
in Fritz Leiber's classic horror novel.
"MY ROADTRIP WITH MIKE"
A cautionary tale to anyone considering driving to The City with me, as told by my
friend Perry Lake..
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