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October 2011

North Beach

North Beach is sort of an edgy neighborhood sandwiched between Chinatown and Fisherman's Wharf. It's home to the city's Little Italy and headquarters to the Beat Generation (Alan Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac) in the 1960s, but today also hosts the red light district. Here are some pictures to give you an idea; the bathtub is from the Beat Museum, which we visited.

North Beach

North Beach

North Beach

North Beach

North Beach


Fisherman's Wharf

After visiting Lombard Street we walked down the hill to Fisherman's Wharf, a rather tacky waterfront area reminiscent if the streets surrounding Niagara Falls: lots of t-shirt & souvenir shops, wax museums, and bad food. But we did discover the World Famous Bushman, a homeless man that has been scaring passersby since 1980. He started out dressing up as a robot but found there were too many of those, so now crouches down behind some eucalyptus branches which he shakes at people as they past. He cajoles tips out of them afterward and is reported to have made $60k in a good year! That's him in the last shot.

Fisherman's Wharf

Fisherman's Wharf

Fisherman's Wharf

Fisherman's Wharf

Fisherman's Wharf


Cable Cars

We couldn't come to San Francisco and not ride the cable car! It's a tourist trap for sure, but fun to see the last manually-operated trolley in the U.S. and ride it up those steep hills. It was created in the 1870s by a man that witnessed a horse-drawn carriage succumb under its own weight on the steep incline, and he thought a cable system would be a better way to transport goods (and spare the animals).

Cable Cars

Cable Cars

Cable Cars

Cable Cars