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San Francisco

City by the Bay. One of the most impressive cities I have ever seen. San Francisco is surrounded on three sides by water. It is famous for its bridges, fog, and foghorns. S.F. also has a reputation as an intellectual, liberal and slightly crazy city – a city where new and different ideas can be explored.

When my summer vacation started (in the middle of June), my husband Ivo came to to the US to enjoy a couple of last days off with me. It was our last incredible American adventure.

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June 21, 2006: We set off for journey from Los Angeles Union Station on Wednesday morning

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June 21, 2006: and at that time we took a morning train AMTRAK, quite slow, stopping, but comfortable and at reasonable rates.

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June 21, 2006: And after eleven hours on train, watching the landscape and taking pictures of the beautiful coastline of California and enjoying doing nothing :-)

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June 21, 2006: finally, late at night, we found our hotel where we stayed two nights.

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June 22, 2006: In the morning we decided to treat ourselves to a Limousine Tour. Sam, our guide and taxi driver driver, was exceptionally nice to us and showed us the most significant places. Thus, within four hours we were given San Francisco’s most comprehensive tour. Without having his professional attitude and service we would have missed a lot from S.F.

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June 22, 2006: Jari in the limousine (for the first, and most likely, for the last time in my life :-)

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June 22, 2006: Ivo in the limousine.

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June 22, 2006: Oakland Bay Bridge – the gate to the city. On the right side you can see Transamerica Pyramid – San Francisco’s most distinctive building and arguably the most innovative modern contribution to the city’s skyline.

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June 22, 2006: Yeah ... one of the seven wonders of the world. Golden Gate Bridge. Still hidden in fog.

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June 22, 2006: Ivo and I. Transamerica Pyramid just between us.

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June 22, 2006: City Hall. It is a beaux-arts masterpiece with a dome that can be seen from many points around San Francisco.

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June 22, 2006: Asian Art Museum. There is the largest collection of its kind in the US.

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June 22, 2006: Chinatown. The Chinese have been present for longer, and in much greater numbers, than any other non-Anglo ethnic group in San Francisco, greatly contributing to the city’s multicultural character.

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June 22, 2006: Little Italy. The area with many shops and restaurants.

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June 22, 2006: The view from Nob Hill.

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June 22, 2006: Alcatraz, “The Rock”, in the distance. Easily viewed from any high point in the city, Alcatraz is as much a part of San Francisco as the Golden Gate Bridge or cable cars.

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June 22, 2006: San Francisco’s skyline.

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June 22, 2006: Angel Island and US Military Base.

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June 22, 2006: Victorian Houses near Russian Hill and North Beach. North Beach’s wealth of cafe’s and bookstores recall its links with beat Generation of the 1950s.

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June 22, 2006: Coit Tower.

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June 22, 2006: Pier 39 – shopping, Dining, Bay Views and Fun!

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June 22, 2006: Typical San Francisco. Up and down the street.

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June 22, 2006: Lombard Street. Traffic zigzagsvery slowly down Lombard Street, moving around colorful gardens.

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June 22, 2006: Tom was patiently waiting for us while we were taking pictures.

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June 22, 2006: Few can resist a ride on a cable car.

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June 22, 2006: You simply cannot leave San Francisco without seeing the structure that has become its symbol – the Golden Gate Bridge. This beautiful orange suspension bridge, which opened in 1937, goes between San Francisco and marin Country to its north. The bridge is a remarkable feat of artistry as well as engineering. We drove over Golden Gate Bridge, which showed up in its magnificent beauty.

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June 22, 2006: We went more up to take more photographs from different views.

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June 22, 2006: Breathtaking ...

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June 22, 2006: Some more views from the hills.

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June 22, 2006: Our hotel

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June 22, 2006: Evening shopping

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June 23, 2006: Next morning we took a cable car and went to Fisherman’s Wharf to do some shopping and have fun.

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June 23, 2006: On the cable.

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June 23, 2006: Directly north of North Beach is Fisherman’s Wharf, the only section of San Francisco pitched squarely at visitors.

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June 23, 2006: Former factories and fishing piers have been converted to complexes of stores, restaurants and tourist attractions.Despite the obvious commercial trappings, Fisherman’s Wharf was a very enjoyable experience.

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June 23, 2006: Alcatraz.

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June 23, 2006: Ivo has been always attracted by seamanship stuff ... :-)

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June 23, 2006: With a fisherman holding a crab. By the way you must taste clam chowder seafood soup. It is really delicious.

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June 23, 2006: I left my heart in San Francisco ...

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