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The Metro

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I love these old theater marquees – again, we built beautiful things when we cared about how things were built. Look at the detail.   This is the Metro Theatre in San Francisco.

The Metro

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June 19, 2010 at 8:45 pm

View from the Pan Pacific Exposition – way back when

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This shot was taken in San Francisco near the site of the Pan Pacific Exposition of 1915.

The Panama Pacific International Exposition was the 1915 worlds fair held in San Francisco, California. Taking over three years to construct, the fair had great economic implications for the city that had been almost destroyed by the great earthquake and fire of 1906. The exposition was a tremendous success, and did much to boost the morale of the entire Bay Area and to help get San Francisco back up on its feet.

Officially, the exposition was a celebration of the completion of the Panama Canal, and also commemorated the 400th anniversary of the discovering of the Pacific Ocean by the explorer, Balboa. San Francisco was only one of many cities hoping to host the PPIE. New Orleans was its primary rival, but in 1911 after a long competition of advertising and campaigning, President Taft proclaimed San Francisco to be the official host city.

Beautiful View

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June 18, 2010 at 4:36 pm

Let’s Go Out for Drinks

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Some nice spots in San Francisco – if you have a thirst ~~~

Bar and Lounge

Blue Mermaid - San Francisco

Dirty Martini

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June 17, 2010 at 6:31 pm

Westfield Dome

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Westfield Dome

Reposting this photo using enhancements with Topaz Adjust

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June 17, 2010 at 3:49 pm

One of my favorite hotels

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One of my favorite hotels – The St. Francis, San Francisco, CA

The Grande Dame Of San Francisco Union Square Hotels

At the turn of the century, the guardians of the Charles Crocker family announced plans to buildThe Westin St. Francis. Their vision was to make San Francisco the “Paris of the West,” and their stunning Union Square San Francisco hotel would be their flagship. After studying all of Europe’s grand hotels – from those in Berlin, Vienna, and Monaco to Claridge’s in London and The Ritz in Paris – construction on the original St. Francis began. Two years and $2.5 million later, on March 21, 1904, the doors of The St. Francis opened. By seven o’clock that evening, a line of carriages and automobiles stretching three blocks waited to approach her brightly lit towers. The hotel became so popular that within six months, the owners announced plans to add a third wing, two floors of apartments, and a ballroom. The St. Francis had become the center of the city’s social, literary, and artistic life.

Source: http://www.westinstfrancis.com/our_history/

The St. Francis back when

The St. Francis back when

photo credit: http://www.westinstfrancis.com/our_history/
The St Francis from Union Square

The St Francis from Union Square

The St Francis at the clock

The St Francis at the clock

The St Francis Lounge

The St Francis Lounge

Rotunda – Westfield – San Francisco

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Rotunda - Westfield

Rotunda - Westfield

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September 18, 2008 at 4:59 pm

San Francisco Restaurants

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There are so many places in San Francisco to eat.  Every kind of taste or ethic food is available at a wide range of afford.  I was totally caught up in the signage.  I loved the streets and signs (some pretty old, so you know they’ve been in business for a long time).  Some were new, or funky, or cute, or reminiscent of Bogart.  All great places.  I wish I could have tried them all.  One thing for sure – there’s no excuse for not eating and walking in San Francisco!

Alcatraz Pizza

Alcatraz Pizza

Bechelli's Restaurant

Bechelli's Restaurant

Blue Mermaid

Blue Mermaid

Lefty O'Douls Daily Grill

Lefty O'Douls Daily Grill

Pompei's Grotto

Pompei's Grotto

The Cannery

The Cannery

Tarantino's

Tarantino's

A Rolls by any other name —

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would have MY name on the title!!!

I found this nifty Rolls Royce in a dealership in San Francisco.  One couple that was looking at it said it was going in the mid $40Ks and thought he could find the same a bit less in New York.  Then again, you have to travel around and spend a few dinero to go to NY and get the car (which actually could be driven through salt).  So I say – hey, buy this one.

San Francisco is a great city.  I love it.

Nice RR

Nice RR

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September 12, 2008 at 8:49 pm

The Palace of Fine Arts – San Francisco

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Ladies Weeping - Palace of Fine Arts

Ladies Weeping - Palace of Fine Arts

 

The Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco was constructed as a temporary attraction in playing host to the Panama-Pacific International Exposition, The Fair, which opened on February 20, 1915, San Francisco was honoring the discovery of the Pacific Ocean and the completion of the Panama Canal; it was also celebrating its own resurrection after the shattering earthquake and fire of 1906.

 

Those column-top statues of sorrowing (weeping) maidens turned away from prying eyes are using their tears to water the long-gone oaks that originally stood in the planters that they surround.  One story I heard was that the tears were for the dead soldiers (lost love?) of the Panama Canal Zone war.

 

I like the romantic aspects of this.

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September 11, 2008 at 12:34 pm

Metro Theatre

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I really liked this very retro theatre marquis in San Francisco.  Lately I’ve had an eye for older things – their present beauty from a time past. 

The Metro

The Metro

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September 9, 2008 at 9:09 am