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San Francisco - More than the bridge

Golden Gate, Chinatown, Alcatraz, driving around in Marin County, celebrating St Patrick's day and the usual stuff.

  • Urban pyramid

    The Transamerica Pyramid in the heart of the Financial District is visible from several locations, being the tallest building in the city even though it's only 835 feet. (Also see the superior version by Thomas Hawk)

    [Financial District seen from Coit Tower]

  • A view to a kill

    Driving north on Highway 101.

    [Golden Gate bridge]

  • The abyss

    They frequently say it's the crookedest street in the world, which it is not. Not even the crookedest in San Francisco, since Vermont St wins that title. But nobody mentions the diabolical slope. It has eight sharp turns on a 40-degree slope. These turns are known as switchbacks and were built in the 1920s to allow traffic to descend the steep incline.

    [Driving down Lombard street]

  • A view to a kill

    You can see all the way to the Golden Gate bridge.

    [View from Coit Tower]

  • Bon appetit

    How about a squid for lunch?

    [Chinatown]

  • Spire and dome

    The pyramid is the tallest building but from the right angle it can be matched by the Columbus Tower, also called the Sentinel Building. It reminds of the Flatiron building in New York and legend states that the early restaurant Caesar's here first created the Caesar Salad dish. Francis Ford Coppola has his office in this building.

    [Transamerican Pyramid and Columbus Tower]

  • Red and wide

    It must take ages to paint this thing.

    [Golden Gate bridge]

  • Not so ancient

    This building was designed by Bernard Maybeck for an exhibition in 1915 and featured in the movie The Rock.

    [Palace of Fine Arts]

  • Green day

    Mel's Drive-in was the backdrop for George Lucas' classic movie American Graffiti but it also has something called El Rancho, the best tortilla wrap in town.

    [Celebrating St Patrick's day at Mel's Drive-in]

  • A view to a kill

    The Washington Square is an island of life in the sea of buildings. The steep streets in the northeast were prominently featured in the infamous car chase from 1968 movie Bullitt.

    [View from Coit Tower]

  • Brink of war

    It's a great country in many ways, but sometimes it makes me sad.

    [Reine at a motel, the day before the start of Iraq-USA war 2003]

  • Time for a nap

    The sea lions usually make tons of noise, but this guy needed a break from it all.

    [Pier 39]

  • At a safe distance

    The island with the infamous prison is firmly placed in the middle of San Francisco Bay.

    [Alcatraz island]

  • Neon nights

    The narrow thing to the left is Ross Alley, where several scenes from Big Trouble Little China were shot.

    [Chinatown]

  • The light in the end of the tunnel

    [Driving south through Marin County towards the Golden Gate bridge]

  • A long and winding road

    A fantastic evening was spent getting lost in the hills of Marin County.

    [Driving in Marin County]

  • Ghost rider

    Driving across Golden Gate bridge under the full moon.

    [Reine at Golden Gate bridge]

  • Warp speed

    [Driving across Golden Gate bridge at night]

  • Warp speed

    The full moon rising above Alcatraz island.

    [San Francisco Bay]

  • Jailbreak

    'Freeeedom!'

    [Reine breaking free from Al Capone's cell at Alcatraz]

  • No swimming

    [Alcatraz island]

  • Framed by nature

    [View from Telegraph Hill]

  • Spin

    Now this is what I call a record store.

    [Amoeba Music, Haight-Ashbury]

  • Differences

    The island has seen a lot of different tenants.

    [Alcatraz island]

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