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Saturday, August 1, 2015

Travels with Beaverhausen: Touring Fog City in Style

Today, Steve took me on a tour of San Francisco in his car. Home of the hippie counterculture, Sexual Revolution, Anti-war Movement and the Summer of Love, all these influences on the city were very much in evidence as we drove through.

The tour officially kicked off on Embarcadero Drive, pretty much starting at the Port of San Francisco and the huge, relatively new sports stadium in that area. Embarcadero is the main avenue running through the city.

There were many good views of the Golden Gate Bridge, and of Alcatraz across the Bay. Spectacular homes, many colorfully painted throughout. Tasteful-looking mansions and villas as well. 

The exterior of The Palace of Fine Arts was indeed very impressive, perhaps just less than the majestic shoreline views of the Pacific Ocean. There were several parks and gardens all along the way. 

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We ended up in Haight-Ashbury. It has become very yuppified and exclusive since I first visited in the summer of '69 with my friend, Michael Stein. We both had graduated high school that year. Still, its flower-power feel has remained intact. Lots of groovy boutiques, especially vintage clothing stores. I'll have to return.

Here I am on the corner of Haight and Ashbury, in front of Ben & Jerry's ice cream store. 

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