I left my heart in San Francisco


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Published: May 16th 2016
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San Francisco is one of my favorite cities to visit. Every time we visit we see something new. Tony Bennett could not have said it better...I left my heart in San Francisco, high on a hill, it calls to me. To be where little cable cars climb halfway to the stars. The morning fog may chill the air, I don't care...We crushed as much as we could into two VERY full days. From the upper most hills at Twin Peaks to the Golden Gate bridge and beyond we saw it all.


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Mission - Overlooking the cityMission - Overlooking the city
Mission - Overlooking the city

San Francisco’s Mission District virtually invented the term “gentrification.” Today the Mission has become home to the city’s hipster generation, with all the cupcakeries, music shops, and boutique clothing stores. Pictured is Dolores Park. On a sunny day, the young and beautiful come here to tan, hobnob, and take in the unbeatable views of the San Francisco skyline and the bay beyond.
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Mission

Mission Dolores is the oldest original intact mission in California and the city’s historic center
CastroCastro
Castro

One of the first gay neighborhoods in the U.S.
Castro MuralCastro Mural
Castro Mural

Harvey Milk mural. He was one of the first openly gay politicians that ran for a city office in the U.S. (1977, SF Board of Supervisors)
Castro - Gay PrideCastro - Gay Pride
Castro - Gay Pride

Even the rainbow colored crosswalks let you know you are in Castro
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Twin Peaks

Fog was too thick to see the city. On a clear day, Twin Peaks offers a stunning 360-degree panoramic views of the city, bay, and ocean.
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Haight & Ashbury

The Haight become known as the center of the hippie scene and rock music. 3 iconic groups lived within doors of each other.
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Haight - Jimi Hendrix

House where Jimi Hendrix's lived
Ashbury-Grateful DeadAshbury-Grateful Dead
Ashbury-Grateful Dead

House where the Grateful Dead lived, Just around the corner from Jimi Hendrix
Ashbury - JanisAshbury - Janis
Ashbury - Janis

House where Janis Joplin lived. Across from the Grateful Dead
Painted LadiesPainted Ladies
Painted Ladies

Houses featured during the opening scenes of the TV series "Full House"
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Mrs Doubtfire House

Before the movie was released, Robin Williams (in character of Mrs Doubtfire) would walk the neighborhood and call on neighbors. Can you imagine their surprise when they saw the movie!
Dock of the BayDock of the Bay
Dock of the Bay

Otis Redding wrote this SF song while staying on a house boat in the SF Bay. He died before he finished the song...hence the whistling at the end.
Muir woodsMuir woods
Muir woods

Redwood forest just across the Golden Gate bridge. A must see.
Muir woodsMuir woods
Muir woods

The trails are simply beautiful.
Marin HeadwaysMarin Headways
Marin Headways

Viewpoint from the other side of the Golden Gate bridge looking towards SF
Powell-Hyde Cable CarPowell-Hyde Cable Car
Powell-Hyde Cable Car

This is the line used for the Rice-a-Roni commercials.
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Cable Car - Ride

We waited 1+ hours to ride the cable car 5 blocks up to Lombard Street. Still a must do if you have never it. Katie riding on the outside (I don't recommend this, sitting down is much more enjoyable!).
Lombard StreetLombard Street
Lombard Street

Eight sharp turns are said to make it the most crooked street in the world.
Fishermans WharfFishermans Wharf
Fishermans Wharf

After our day of touring, we went to Fisherman's Wharf for the dungeness crab. From fishing boat to plate, can't be any fresher!


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