Travelling #4: San Francisco panorama no. 7

golden gate bridge, san francisco, macingosh photography
Just a snapshot from the upper deck of a sightseeing bus. Like so often the bridge is hiding itself in heavy fog.

(Fujifilm GX617, Ilford Delta 100)

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Travelling #4 (Part III): San Francisco architecturals


Today’s focus is fixed to San Fran’s architecture, as you probably assumed by reading the headline. Not much more to say. Have a look.

Travelling #4: San Francisco panorama no. 5

f-line streetcar, san francisco, macingosh photography
A streetcar of the historical F-line. The F-line with its original streetcars from the 1950s was reinstalled in the 1980s mainly as a tourist attraction and also as a substitute for the cable car line which was out of business for two years due to technical overhaul. Over the years more and more waggons were bought and today the F-line is a normal transportation for locals as well as for tourists.

The waggons come in many different colour designs following the original paintwork of the cities where they once ran. Actually I wanted to take a shot of each colour combination there is, but missed it because time was running out and in the end this was the only one I took.

Travelling #4 (Part II): San Francisco Chinatown


Some snapshots from Chinatown, which of course we just had to visit. It’s one of the leading tourist attractions of the city and with 80.000 inhabitants it’s the second largest Chinese community in the world. (The largest community can be found in a place called China.)

Entering this cultural microcosmos is more than impressive, a real must-see. In fact, it attracts more visitors than the cities most noticable landmark, the Golden Gate Bridge. In my personal view it’s also a very good place for eating, as there are reasonable-priced restaurants everywhere. Don’t miss out when you are there.

Travelling #4 (Part I): San Francisco first impressions

Finally, here it comes. The first row of snapshots taken during my last trip to San Fran. As before I was truly impressed by the beauty of the city as well as by its multifacedness.

At first when booking the trip I wanted to locate directly at Fisherman’s Wharf, the touristic centre of the city or rather its tourist trap to shorten down ways to the harbour. In the end I was happy I didn’t. I booked a hotel on Russian Hill which was perfect for discovering the city in all directions. It’s really easy to explore San Francisco afoot or by bike as there are bike rentals nearly everywhere. The only obstacle you may find might be your physical fitness when climbing the hills of the city. But that’s up to you.

Some words about security: people generally warned me about strolling alongside Market Street or Tenderloin after dark. It’s true that those places are… let’s call it “funky” especially during nighttime and I saw a lot of people of all ages who obviously where kind of out of their minds for some reason. But I never felt uncomfortable and nothing ever happened to me there, not even bad words. Most San Franciscans are polite and friendly, so just be relaxed and act respectful just like you would in your hometown and you don’t have to worry.

More to come during the next days and weeks.

P.S.: the only unfriendly people I met there were those … cab drivers.