3/10/09

A tourist in my own city.

Fort Mason to Fisherman's Wharf, on my way to the Musée Mécanique.

Fort Mason with Echium fastuosum syn. E. candicans

Fort Mason

Fort Mason

Fort Mason

Salvia leucophylla

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Alcatraz

Alcatraz

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Hercules



Fisherman's Wharf

Fisherman's Wharf

Fisherman's Wharf

Fisherman's Wharf

Fisherman's Wharf

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Fisherman's Wharf

Fisherman's Wharf

Take a tip from a local: This is the Inner Harbor, off Jefferson between Jones and Taylor. Come here to catch a 60-90 minute ride on a small fishing boat that goes around Alcatraz Island and just outside the Golden Gate Bridge for a mere $15. Much more fun than the ferry rides that do the same thing for a lot more money down by the piers. The ride outside the GG Bridge is just about the most fun you can have in San Francisco for $15. Expect to get a little wet tho'. You're also putting money in the hands of real fishermen who have had some bad years lately.

Fisherman's Wharf

Fisherman's Wharf

Musée Mécanique

Musée Mécanique

Musée Mécanique

Musée Mécanique

Musée Mécanique

Musée Mécanique

Musée Mécanique

Musée Mécanique

Musée Mécanique

Musée Mécanique

Musée Mécanique

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Musée Mécanique

16 comments:

Delphine said...

ho la la, Chuck, tes photos sont magnifiques !

weeder1 said...

The echium is blooming already???

Les said...

Looks like it was a great day, spectacularly sunny. Some of the larger puppets were a little scary, but I loved the coin operated miniatures, especially the opium den and the graveyard drunk.

Heather said...

Good morning- I love the tour of your city! I went to college at SSU in Rohnert Park and having been from a rediculously small town up north, I loved to visit SF. Nothing else like it in the nation! Thanks for bringing back good memories.
-Heather

Darla said...

These are great! If you like candles come by and enter for my give-a-way.

Bonnie Story said...

I used to love the Museo Mechanique!! Great to see those faces again. I visited it when it was located underneath the Cliff House, out at Land's End - now it's been moved to Fisherman's Wharf since the reno of the Cliff House, correct? Another wonderful blast from my past, Mr. b., Bravo!!!

gardenerprogress/Catherine said...

So much blue sky! I love the flowers in the first picture. They look like lupine, but the leaves look different.
I used to live very close to Fisherman's Wharf. Great tour!

All This Trouble... said...

Thank you so much for these photos!

I loved seeing your reflection in the hula dancer vid. And I thought the dragon was a nice touch in the Opium Den.

Abigail Rose said...

Great pictures. Funto look at.

Phillip said...

Those blue skies are spectacular. And did I spy the Ghiradelli factory? Oh my gosh, I could get in trouble there.

Do you live anywhere near the area where Harvey Milk lived? I'm watching that movie later this week. Would love to see how it looks today.

Anonymous said...

your pictures are beautiful what camera do you use for most of your shots?

chuck b. said...

I use a Canon Powershot A650IS. I love it.

Phillip, we visited the Castro several weeks ago. http://back40feet.blogspot.com/2009/01/castro-and-twin-peaks.html

Hi, everyone--thanks for coming by!

Frances said...

Hi Chuck, SF should hire you as a travel guide! The photos are the best ever! I wish I could figure out how to get a decent long shot with my camera. Or maybe I need a different camera. :-) The echiums are magnificent. That crab ready to go in the containers looks so yummy. Thanks for the tip about the boat ride, we took the ferry and enjoyed it but your idea seems better. Wonderful art on the puppets.
Frances

lisa said...

Man, I never get tired of your tours! You are super-fun, I sure hope you can make it to the Spring Meetup in Chicago! Your photography is more amazing all the time, and I know it's not just the camera! ;-)

donna said...

Thanks for the preview -- I'll be in SF next week! Yay!

Trina said...

I LOVE the Musee Mecanique! Gorgeous photos - makes me want to play tourist in my own town again! :)