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Thursday, November 6, 2014

San Francisco

I love visiting San Francisco.  I have probably been there for work or holiday more than 60 or 70 times .  My first visit was with my parents when I was about 10 or 11.  I remember my first time at Fisherman's Wharf, Golden Gate Park and driving over the Golden Gate Bridge. I still like visiting those same sites.  I remember my first view of the cable cars going up and down the hills with people hanging on, jumping on and jumping off.  From the first time I visited I became enchanted with the sights, sounds and smells of San Francisco.  I have read history books about San Francisco. I love mystery books, movies and TV shows set in San Francisco.

Before the days of ATM's one every corner, I kept a bank account in San Francisco for use when I visited the city.

Over the years I bought suits, slacks and shirts at "The Tailored Man" and "Wilkes Bashford."

I loved to walk throughout the city.  I especially love to walk down Columbus Avenue from the Pyramid Building to the Cannery. I like to walk down the Marina Green. One year, the Lovely Sharon and I walked over the Golden Gate Bridge

I like to browse in the City Lights Book Store.  I like to have a cocktail at the Redwood Room in the Clift Hotel.  I used to like to dress up and go to the Top of the Mark and listen to jazz and watch the sunset.  My last time at the Top of the Mark was disappointing as it was full of people in tee shirts and jeans.  It did not feel like the elegant evening it used to be.

I am a devotee of black and white photos and the 1940's.  I found the following black and white photos of San Francisco in the 1940's on the internet.  Enjoy:

Heading home after a day at the office.

It would not doubt be more difficult getting out of the car than getting in the car.

A romantic walk in the fog.  Mist on your face and a hint of suspense in the air

Coit Tower.  A beautiful symbol of the city.

I have not been to San Francisco for a couple of years.  Its time to visit again.

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