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Urban Hiking

San Francisco hill

The uniformed lady shook her head and informed me that my planned walking route into Chinatown was no good. “It’s all hill,” she said, not realizing that she’d just confirmed my decision.

parking "SF style"

San Francisco’s drastic changes in elevation are no exaggeration. Cars systematically park with wheels turned in to the curb. The Metro buses and trolleys run strategically up and down the steepest slopes. Women do not where high heels without ready transportation available, but it’s a great walking city and navigating San Francisco is excellent exercise.

AlcatrazChinatown is always worth a wander as is the Embarcadero along the Bay. After a ferry crossing, Alcatraz is an engrossing ramble rich with eerie histories, and Golden Gate Park holds miles of parkland and gardens.

pier

I walked alone the last time, meeting people, taking photos, and just breathing it all in. I enjoyed wandering with vague purposes and grand appreciations and found myself gently nudging some lingering memories from my last visit there with an 11-year old boy who is now a young man.

A bike ride to Sausalito and late ferry ride back to the city, a run across the Golden Gate Bridge, an exotic pet store in Chinatown, breakfast crepes on a pier…   We jammed a lot into our time there some nine years ago and even more in the years that followed.  Life stayed “busy” the whole way through.

cable car

I’m so glad we took the time to hang off the sides of a few cable cars together.


San Francisco Things To Do

Consider the Fairmont Hotel for your overnight stay and enjoy elegant accommodations and memorable dining.  The historic Tonga Room features live music on a floating stage and periodic “rainstorms,” complete with thunder and lightning.

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Featured Photo: Arc View

Featured Photo: Arc View (Paris, France)

Standing nonchalantly above an undulating sea of people and vehicles, the Arc de Triomphe presented a contrasting first view to its standard travel photo persona. The wave of energy was in sharp contrast to the crowds just behind us to the southeast, embracing their leisure in the Jardin de Tuileries. This photo always stirs the same burst of delight that struck each time I turned a corner and glanced up at yet another of Paris’ iconic landmarks.

 

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Featured Photo: Bridge Climb

Featured Photo: Bridge Climb (Ronda, Spain)

No, I didn’t climb down, but people do (and it must be a terrific view up from the riverside floor!). The New Bridge in Ronda, Spain, completed “oh so recently” in 1743, rises 390 feet above the El Tajo gorge floor. The picturesque little village of Ronda hugs the steep cliff rock —as I was inclined to do as I knelt to take this shot!

 

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