Everybody knows this bridge, but for a Portuguese is... "I think I've seen it before". And that's because the bridge has a twin in Lisbon.
I know, that this one is a little bigger and older, and the... more
There are at least two jokes in Portugal about the size of things in the USA:
One says that in the USA everything is so big that even the small things are big.
The other says that the streets are... more
The buildings on Alcatraz Island, in the middle of San Francisco Bay, were originally an Army garrison, but the island is best known for its now-defunct Federal prison, 1934-1963. The prison was close... more
Who saw one Chinatown in America has seen them all.
I saw many, but this one was my favorite. Small, clean, nice smell (well... not so bad!), some beautiful buidings, and as expected, chinese goods... more
Colt Tower rises above the North Beach neighborhood tempting people with wonderful views if you pay the fee of $8.00 to take the elevator up top. Be warned though, once you get up there everyting is... more
Thousands of people in Portugal discuss the best way to promote tourism in our country. Well, sometimes it just a question of luck, as in San Francisco. The sea lions decided to invade pier 39, and... more
I guess the Fisherman's Wharf is on everybody's list who are first time visitors. It is pretty cool, with all the fresh seafood you can handle and the cool restaurants overlooking the wharf and boats... more
If you have wee folk along on your mural walk (see previous tips), this is a great place to let them out of the stroller and run wild for a bit. This little gem of a playground has been an oasis for... more
I knew that with its European look, its fog, cold and humidity, San Francisco was England instead of USA.
The disguise failed in Alamo square. Ah! Ah! Got you. Those Victorian houses don’t... more
So after my walk in the Mission, it was time to trot over to the Castro; only a few blocks away but a 180-degree shift in local culture. As the Haight was the infamous center of '60's Flower Power, so... more
Golden Gate Park is a bus ride from downtown, but well-worth the effort. It's a long, narrow park with more acreage than New York's Central Park; it offers something for everyone. Just a few of the... more
No, I'm not a midget.
No, I have no inferiority complex. No. The truth is that the tree is really very big. They say it's redwood, the only tree higher than giant sequoia.
Having been there, a few... more
The Top of the peaks of the Twin Peaks provide a more magnificent view of the Bay Area! That is if you can climb the 200 step foot path reinforced with wood going to both of the peaks of the twin... more
well the cheesecake factory atop the eight floor of Macy's west is a things to do tip also, why? because it offers panoramic view of the whole union square area and you will see the skyline of St.... more
When you're in this area of San Francisco it's hard not to notice this standout piece of architecture. However, the most extraordinary thing about it is that, like the Eiffel Tower, it wasn't meant to... more
We visited Ghiraldelli square just because we wanted to taste the famous Chocolate store. The square took its name of Domingo Ghirardelli that took the square in 1893 and made here the base for the... more
We really did it.
We went to Ashbury-Heights, and, despite all the musical warnings that we listened to in Portugal, we forgot to wear a flower in our heads. Sorry! And we did feel bad, because, the... more
Beach Blanket Babylon Musical Revue
Steve Silver's Beach Blanket Babylon was recommended to us by two friends independently. one currently living in San Francisco and the other had just returned from... more
And you've got to try my favorite intro to SF. Riding the length of the Hyde Powell Line Cable Car line starting at Market Street and ending near the bay with a great view of the Golden Gate Bridge.... more
This building is very easy to identify. It is somewhat of a symbol of San Francisco and resides in the modern downtown district. I had a little bit of fun getting my camera and walking to where the... more
We arrived here looking for a little serenity and emerged needing valium. The garden has been a fixture since 1894 and described as having "peaceful waters" over which one can have a "meditative cup... more
Riding over the bridge, the views are expansive over the harbour (pic 4) and when you reach the other side you can look back and see the bridge from a different angle (pic 5).
So, as you descend the... more
Wow! A Gothic church in USA! Am I dreaming?
Of course not. It's just one more sight of American complex for the lack of history, using their wealth and technology to reproduce the signs of European... more
We decided to splurge (being carefree honeymooners) and book a limo with driver and spend a day in Sonoma Valley. It is not cheap; it was $800 Canadian, as we could not help but notice on our Visa... more
Sail under Golden Gate Bridge and around Alcatraz on this one-hour tour of San Francisco Bay. Red and White offers its Golden Gate Bay Cruise with narration in 6 languages (English, German, Spanish,... more
San Francisco is chock full of things to do. I think it's America's most physically beautiful large city with incredible views everywhere you turn. San Francisco has a vibrant cultural scene, a...
San Francisco is chock full of things to do. I think it's America's most physically beautiful large city with incredible views everywhere you turn. San Francisco has a vibrant cultural scene, a great food set up, and gorgeous outdoor opportunities at its doorstep.
If Herb Caen, famed Pulitzer Prize winner and devoted SF Chronicle gossip columnist, had envisioned the Iraqi War, no doubt he would have dubbed San Francisco something other than Bagdad by the Bay as...
San Francisco is a city of amazing diversity and stunning beauty. It is also a city of tremendous freedom and openness. George Lopez said it best when he referred to San Francisco with the quote "It's...