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-The Gate, with the weather - Vädret!

         -GGB, joining the City & Marin (=Marin County)  

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-Bay, ship at sunset

 

 

 

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This photo is shot from SW of GGB (the Golden Gate Bridge)

 

Below the twin peaks of Las Papas is Mission Dolores, built in 1778 during the Spanish days. Spanish settlers (soldiers & missionaries) were first here in 1776 and the US flag was hoisted 1846.

Gold was discovered in 1848. The great gold rush that followed raised the population figures from about 900 to 20,000 in one year! On April 18 in 1906 came the great earthquake followed by a 3-day fire. Approximately 2000 acres were devastated in this fire.

The city  was "born of the meeting of sea captains and gold seekers" and is one of the most cosmopolitan cities in the world.

Market Street starting at the Ferry Building runs 3 miles SW and is a major business route, 120 ft wide.

Lombard Street is a major route driving from the GGB area to Van Ness Avenue.

Van Ness Avenue links Fort Mason with the Downtown area.


 

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The Presidio occupies the northern part of the peninsula closest to the Golden Gate Bridge, basically a military post and an active part in protecting the Gate, making the entrance to the harbor impregnable.

The reservation of 1,500 acres is an open park area for the citizens. However, it's surpassed by the Golden Gate Park of 1,014 acres which runs over the hills to the Pacific with semi-tropical vegetation and lakes.

Sooner or later you're likely to hear about "Barbary Coast"  which used to be a legendary area in and around Pacific Street with saloons, dance halls, entertaiment of all sorts and amusement not only for the betterment of man. Some say there's still "some action" down and around that area, or perhaps more on Broadway, but who knows...

There are many high-class hotels in the City. One is still the old and reputable Fairmont Hotel up on Nob Hill with a beautiful view over the Bay.


 

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Meet Dirty Harry, Don Siegel's classic 1971 (a cop and psycho movie) on a tour in San Francisco

Some pictures by Stevem

 

 

 

 

 



Driving or sightseeing in the area of San Francisco

  A few majors first; Golden Gate Bridge, GGB, connects the City of San Francisco with the county of Marin, and most of Marin County is, to most of us, north of San Francisco.

San Francisco Bay, 50 miles long and 5 miles broad, has access to the Pacific Ocean only through a strait 5 mile long and one mile wide, the far famed Golden Gate.  

We’re going north or drive north mostly by means of Hwy 101 (US 101), and that’s the highway crossing the Gate, or the Golden Gate Strait. Going north on the 101 can take you to Fortuna and Eureka and lots of other places.

  You hear and see a lot of the Bay, the San Francisco Bay, while in Bay Area, and understandably so as it really is a vast area of water, all the way from just north of San Jose (Mountain View)  in the south to way up north, passing San Quentin Prison and Richmond Bridge and reaching all the way north to where it pretty much meets with Hwy 37, and here it's turned into San Pablo Bay.

Hwy 37 is your link between Hwy 101 and Napa Valley, Vallejo, Interstate 80 (I-80), Interstate 5 (I-5) and even to the state’s distant capital, Sacramento. Interstate 5 (I-5) is the one to use going distances such as anything in between the City of San Francisco and Los Angeles, or between the City of San Francisco and Mount Shasta or Portland, Oregon for that matter.

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Interstate Highway 5 runs roughly parallel to Hwy 101, both run south to north, or north to south, but Interstate 5 is located more eastward, and is of course much faster, wider and will swallow a lot more traffic with a lot less traffic-jams than Hwy 101, which must be taken into consideration when driving a longer distance at work, or to work, or simply running errands.  

 

Hwy 101 is nicer, gives you more scenery and views, guides you into, in and around the City, but for those in love with the Pacific, nothing beats Hwy 1 which is closest to the Pacific Ocean. However, this isn't really the ideal trucking route.

Passing south on the Golden Gate Bridge, remember if you want to go to the International Airport, pick 19th Ave Exit just south of the bridge, on your right, and then be alert going south through Golden Gate Park etc. because if you go with the flow it'll take you onto 280 South which usually is a smoother ride and the best bet when driving to the airport. You'll see an exit sign for SFO Int'l Airport and 101.

If you're on your way Downtown you might want to stick to Lombard going east and make a right at Van Ness going south, whether you'll be going to Market Street, Geary or Broadway or to some other street in the central downtown area.

If you're just out driving or sightseeing you might want to stay on Lombard going east until you get up on Nob Hill. There is some nice scenery from up there and you're likely to see one or two cable cars in the progress.

   

Map of San Francisco, CA

If you're going down to Fisherman's Wharf area; Beach, Mason or Columbus, or further down along the old docks along the north-eastern waterfront, or even "down-a-ways" towards Bay Bridge, stick to Marina, Bay and Beach Exit.  

 

If you live in, drive from, or is commuting from, Marin (Marin County) or even someplace further north and you're headed to an East Bay location such as Berkeley, Oakland, Hayward or Fremont, you should definitely try Richmond Bridge via one of the 101-exits at San Rafael or Sir Francis Drake and after crossing the bridge stay on I-80 and 580, and use 980 through Oakland down south if you want to be close to the Bay. 

I-80 can take you from San Francisco,  via Bay Bridge, to Sacramento.

Sometimes it really pays off to stick to the waterfront, even when going downtown to the Financial District etc.

By the way, did you know Jack London was born close to the docks. Look for the plaque on the office building at the corner of Third and Brannan! Of course that building, the original building, burned down in the fire 1906. This isn't far from the new ballpark, Pac Bell Park.

Now, if Silicon Valley is of interest to you for some strange reason, you want to go south of the City. Look for Palo Alto, Mountain View & Sunnyvale. Use 280 or 101 going south to southeast.

 

 

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Moose's  1652 Stockton St, San Francisco, CA 94133  415-989-7800
Where Herb Caen would be tonight if he was still alive. This place has a great view, great clientele and very good American food. Overlooking Washington Square in the heart of North Beach.
[5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Mon. - Wed.; 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Thu. - Sat.; 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sun.]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Links to the best sites featuring photography of the city of San Francisco including Cinco de Mayo, murals, the Golden Gate Bridge and architectural photos of The City.

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

Otis Redding and "Dock of the Bay"...

..."during a week he had spent on a houseboat in Sausalito when performing at San Francisco's Fillmore West Theater in the summer of 1967. Just sittin' on the dock, looking out at the bay, it's easy to see where Otis got the inspiration for the song, "(Sittin' On) The Dock Of The Bay"."

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

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Bars & Clubs 


BayInsider Club Guide
Find out upcoming music shows in and around Bay Area clubs. Includes dates, ticket and venue information.


1015 Folsom
This SOMA district clubs boasts three separate dance areas, a range of DJs, and a cocktail lounge.


26mix
This San Francisco nightclub features a lounge, DJs, and is open seven days a week. 26 Mix.


3300 Club
Bar in the heart of the Mission district also hosts a series of live poetry readings. Learn about the bar's history and check out the calendar.


550 Barneveld
A dance club with a high-tech atmosphere and staged dance floor. Site includes directions and photo gallery.


Agenda Lounge
Bar, restaurant, and cellar information, as well as a pictorial tour.


Alberto's Nightclub
Dance club's site includes directions, calendar of events, a history of salsa, schedule of instructors and bands, and pictures of the club.


All Kook Radio Kook
Comedy club. Find out about shows, read bizarre news, or listen to amusing guest interviews and streaming audio of satire or humorous jokes.


Apple Jack's
La Honda club offers a calendar of live acts, as well as links to local musicians and a history of the venue.


Ashkenaz
Music and dance community center in Berkeley. International and local musicians and styles. Available for private parties.


Bay 101
Serves up menus from the bar, cafe, and restaurant, along with a listing of card games, and even a few gaming tips.


Bay Area Open Mic Calendar
Get the schedule for open mic nights at venues throughout the Bay. Brush up on your open mic etiquette.


Beach Chalet
Amazing oceans views and live music complement the American Bistro-style food and house-brewed ales. Check out events calendar and full menus.


Bimbo's 365
Longstanding music club features a calendar of events, as well as information on shows and historical background.


Blackthorn Tavern
Look at pictures of patrons, see what upcoming events are on the calendar, get directions on where to find them, or check out related links.



Britannia Arms
Traditional British pub includes catering and dining menus, as well as basic information and soccer links.


Bubble Lounge
Upscale North Beach bar serves up champagne and cocktails and all things bubbly.


Butter
White trash eats and smooth beats make this SF bar/bistro a hit.


Cactus Club
Alternative music and dance club features photos, directions, menu, and band listings, with music resources and link to local ticket agency.


Cafe Babylon
Multi-ethnic coffee house in San Jose featuring an art gallery, Internet access, live events, light menu and dessert.


Cafe Du Nord
Features club history, directions, schedule of live shows, and eat and drink menus. Includes links to performers' pages.


Catalyst Nightclub
Offers a tour of the club, as well as calendar of live shows and food and beer menus, band photos, bios, and other information.


Cheers Nightclub
The Sunnyvale nightclub for young adults ages 16 and over; contains schedules, photo galleries and more.



Club Cocomo
Live swing bands and dance lessons are two attractions of this Potrero Hill club that also features a rockabilly night and an outdoor patio.


Club Deluxe
Hosts live jazz and swing performances. Check out the calendar of events, read performer bios, and find directions to this Haight Street venue.


Club Ecco
San Jose's premiere 15,000 square foot nightclub; schedules, live webcasts, special event info and more.



Club-i
Club i in San Francisco's Multimedia Gulch combines a coffeehouse/cafe and gaming center; private and corporate events welcome.



Cramper
San Francisco guy-around-town tells tales, shares photos, holds drinking events for the cocktail clique.


Cyber Café Guide
Lists more than 200 Internet cafes worldwide in an online directory, including the San Francisco area.


Dalva
Contains cocktail and happy hour menus, as well as reviews and art exhibit information.



DNA Lounge
SOMA bar and dance club featuring live music from the '50's through the cutting edge. Site includes band photos and showtimes.


Dylan's Pub
A pub featuring grub, theatre and antics. Offers upcoming events, beer menu, gallery of photos, and more.


Edge,The
Palo Alto dance and music venue provides calendar of concerts and events, as well as band photos and links to other local sites.


El Rio Outdoor Cinema
Outer Mission bar in San Francisco screens an eclectic array of films on the back patio. Check out the schedule.


End Up, The
Many people do end up at this South of Market dance club that's open after hours. Read about its nightly music themes and roaming nightclubs.


EOS Restaurant and Wine Bar
Fusion cuisine with an adjacent wine bar features a continually changing menu. Includes details of weekly lectures from local wine proprietors.


Fillmore, The
The historic San Francisco music hall is still alive and kicking. Contains concert schedules, venue history, psychedelic posters and more.


Freight and Salvage Coffeehouse
Includes calendar, historical, and advance ticket information for the all-ages, non-smoking, alcohol-free performance venue.


Funk Theory Productions
Features calendar of weekly events and techno/dance events in the Bay Area.


Glas Kat
Large supper club near the Moscone Center features lunch and dinner as well as nightly DJ entertainment. Available for private events.


Great American Music Hall, The
Club features a variety of live music, including jazz, blues, rhumba, and international sounds.


Harry Denton's
Located on top of the St. Francis Drake, San Francisco's most famous nightclub features show and dining info, plus swing lessons.


Hi-Ball Lounge & Bamboo Hut
San Francisco's hippest swing club goes online with style. Web site list dance lesson times, and provides a map. Also Bamboo Hut, the tiki-bar.


Hobson's Choice
Victorian punch house in San Francisco specializing in rum drinks.


Holy Cow
A nightclub featuring a music selection that reflects a mix of top 40, disco, and 80's classics. Information on location, events, and more.


HotTickets:BayInsider & Tickets.com
The hottest tickets to shows, sports, travel, and events around the Bay and beyond!


Ibiza Resort Privé
Clothing optional playground for adults. Located near the airport in Oakland. Secluded garden, 75 rooms, world-class nightclub., modern design.


Inferno Lounge
Featuring hot swing and jazz music South of Market this swank supper club caters to the hip set.


Jezebels Joint
San Francisco bar for doms, daddies, trannies, and strippers.


John Lee Hooker's Boom Boom Room
Blues hot spot in San Francisco's Fillmore district offers a calendar of events, driving directions, and 360-degree image of the club.


Johnny Foley's Irish House
Classic Irish pub in SF Union Square area with events calendar, menu, photos, and contacts.


Jupiter Taproom
Serves up information on the bar, its beer, food, and more.


Kimball's
Home for top-notch jazz, blues and R&B. Web site provides directions to club, along with an events schedule, and a map. Buy tickets online.


Kodiak Jack's Honky Tonk & Saloon
Home of "Kodiak" the Bull, this Petaluma Western dance club features Western swing, hot jazz and country music.


Last Day Saloon, The
Historic Clement Street bar and nightclub features a variety of live music and entertainment seven nights a week. Check out the calendar.


Lexington Club
Comfortable bar close to the hustle and bustle of the Mission club scene attracts a lesbian and a straight crowd.


LineXpress CyberLounge
San Rafael's The LineXpress Cyber Lounge lets you surf the Web while sipping a cup o' joe. Other services are available.


List, The
Enormous and essential listing of local rock, punk, ska, indie bands and upcoming shows. Gig schedule, club and radio listings.


Localmusic.com
Provides music venue, artist, shopping and interaction for the San Francisco Bay Area and other cities. Vote for your favorite local band.


Lou's Pier 47
Situated in the tourist mecca of Fisherman's Wharf, Lou's features live music, with an emphasis on the blues, seven nights a week.


Lower Haight Resource GuideCommunity service provided by Scowl, Nu? dot com. Find out the current scoop on Lower Haight. Bars and restaurants, neighborhood changes, stuff.


Lucky 13
With an astounding array of beer on tap, this hipster hangout lives up to its motto: "No cheap beers, no sports, no knuckleheads."

 

 

 

 

 

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