July 23, 2014

San Francisco – Chinatown, North Beach & Telegraph Hill

The following day, I briefly visited the Ferry Building and its gourmet marketplace.  Prices were on the high side so it was just a look see look see for me J.

 The “Grand Nave” on the second floor of the building

Next, I took a walk around Chinatown, stopping for a quick visit to the Old St. Mary’s Cathedral, the first Catholic cathedral in San Francisco.

The Chinatown Gateway Arch 

 Dr. Sun Yat Sen’s statue at St. Mary’s Square

 Senior Chinese citizens whiling their time away at St. Mary’s Square

Old St. Mary's Cathedral

I headed to North Beach next.  Originally the Latin Quarter, it is now known as San Francisco’s Little Italy with dozens of Italian restaurants and coffeehouses.

Transamerica Pyramid – San Francisco’s tallest building 

 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco’s answer to New York’s Times Square, complete with strip clubs and peep shows, interspersed by countless restaurants and clubs

The Washington Square is one of the oldest parks in the city and the Saints Peter and Paul Church, the neighbourhood’s religious centre, is located here.

From here, I climbed the scenic steps of Filbert Street up to the Coit Tower on Telegraph Hill to take in the panoramic views of the city and the bay.

View of the Alcatraz from Coit Tower

More on San Francisco here, here and here.

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