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The Embarcadero


A palm-lined boulevard stirred by the clanging of cable cars and a steady breeze…


“The Embarcadero” is the rather grand moniker of the roadway lining San Francisco’s eastern waterfront.  It begins below the Oakland Bay Bridge, winds past the old Ferry Building, Pier 39 and Fisherman’s Wharf, finally ending at Pier 45.


Along the way, one has views of many San Francisco landmarks including Coit Tower and Alcatraz Island.  The BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) can be easily accessed at the Embarcardero Station southeast of the Ferry Building.

It’s an easy reference point:  wander west in San Francisco and eventually you’ll land on the Embarcadero.   Further still?  Wear a swimsuit.


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GoCar Go!


I guess it’s easier than riding a horse.  It parks compactly within the space of a motorcycle and isn’t likely to kick up its rear and send you spinning up, out and then down to the dirt (I’ve inserted a personal memory there).

GoCar going

The GoCar actually seems like an entertaining way to do a city tour at your own pace.  With built-in GPS navigation and a number of route options, the bright yellow two-seaters were hard to miss on San Francisco’s streets.  Occasionally one of the “talking cars” would approach from behind and broadcast an interesting data bit relevant to where I was currently walking.  They are new and novel enough to catch the attention of passersby, and the tours proceed as fast or slow as you care to go.  The GoCar’s GPS system routes drivers around the steepest hills where a passenger’s additional weight would make it a no-GoCar.

The last time I visited San Francisco we rented audio headsets to tour Alcatraz, a more fluid option than constantly stopping to read through a brochure.  This is the same principle -only you don’t even have to move your feet.

*Also available in Miami, Barcelona and Lisbon with rental rates that vary by location.

and a number of route options,

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Asian “Island” in America

Lanterns and TransAmerica

Dating back to the 1850’s, Chinatown San Francisco is the oldest such district in North America and the largest outside of Asia. The first Chinese immigrants arrived in 1848, predating the California gold rush.

Where at first the Chinese faced exclusion in California and the rest of America -their children barred from public schools and their employment and housing opportunities diminished by targeted legislation, they persevered and created a thriving haven of inclusion and cultural celebration. The sights, sounds and aromas of present day Chinatown stir the soul, whether drawn in collectively as a sort of cultural potpourri or observed one lively detail at a time.

The Transamerica Pyramid rising a total of 260 meters in the distance is a familiar face of San Francisco and a startling contrast  to “old world” Chinatown when spotted beyond its dangling red lanterns.

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