Archive for July, 2010

SAN FRANCISCO…IT CALLS TO ME!

We are certain that everyone loves their hometown, their city, and their favorite destination.  But San Francisco is different than any other place on earth.  Wherever you go in the City By The Bay, the vistas are breathtaking, the Pacific Ocean to the west, the San Francisco Bay to the East, the Marin coastline to the north and the beautiful peninsula to the south.  The food is incredible, beginning with San Francisco’s sour dough bread.  Here are just a few glimpses of this magnificent city.  Many of the photos were taken by my sister, Suzanne, when she and Terry (my favorite brother-in-law) attended the Black and White Ball.  WARNING:  viewing the following photos may cause you to break out in song, “I Left My Heart In San Francisco”.

Here is one of the venues of the Black and White Ball before things got started.

There is no other bridge in the world like the Golden Gate Bridge, the view is from San Francisco looking toward to Marin County.

The Transamerica Pyramid building makes San Francisco’s skyline one of the most recognizable skylines in the world.

It seems that Coit Tower stands proudly above the City from almost any vantage point.

San Francisco’s China Town has fabulous restaurants.  This is Debbee Thibault’s favorite!

We try to go here when Debbee visits us.

SF’s Playland was torn down years ago, unfortunately.  But many of the items from Playland can now be found at the Musee Mechanical on Fisherman’s Wharf.  This is Laughing Sal, who greets visitors with a very loud and sometimes frightening laugh.

Here is another view of the beautiful Coit Tower.  When visiting SF, you should go inside the tower to see the magnificent murals.

This is Lombard Street, the “Crookedest Street in the World”.

A view of the San Francisco Bay Bridge looking toward the Oakland Hills.

Alcatraz Island is a great place to visit, but you wouldn’t want to live there!  It is a fun excursion, but seriously cold out there on the bay.

Christopher Columbus looks out to the Golden Gate.

Known for its hills, San Francisco is beautiful from every angle.

I think that the building in this shot is Mission Delores.  Please correct me if I am wrong.

Here is the perfectly manicured gardens in Golden Gate Park between the Aquarium and the DeYoung Museum.

To the west lies the beautiful blue waters of the Pacific Ocean.

Are you still singing?…..”when I come home to you, San Francisco…”