Category Archives: San Francisco

Walking the Steps in San Francisco.

It was an early morning recently in San Francisco and I headed over to 16th Avenue and Moraga…

The 16th Avenue Tiled Steps Project, San Francisco, California

…in the Inner Sunset neighborhood to checkout The 16th Avenue Tiled Steps Project.

The 16th Avenue Tiled Steps Project, San Francisco, California

The 163-step staircase dates back to 1826.

The 16th Avenue Tiled Steps Project, San Francisco, California

The project to create and add the mosaics started in 2003, being completed a year later by residents and contributors from the neighborhood. You’ll find handmade animals, birds, flowers and fish themed tiles amongst colorful patterns on this hidden gem.

The 16th Avenue Tiled Steps Project, San Francisco, California

As your going up the stairs, turn around to capture the panoramic neighborhood views straight out to the Pacific, San Francisco Bay and beyond.

The 16th Avenue Tiled Steps Project, San Francisco, California

The 16th Avenue Tiled Steps Project, San Francisco, California

Making it to the top is definitely work. Several runners went by, going up-and-down, as I got my exercise in for the day. ๐Ÿ™‚ You’ll find Grand View Park once up-top.

The 16th Avenue Tiled Steps Project, San Francisco, California

The greenery and landscape along the sides is well maintained and worth a look in its own right.

The 16th Avenue Tiled Steps Project, San Francisco, California

The steps are easily accessible, a few streets east of State Route 1 (19th Avenue). Find a place to park at the bottom within the neighborhood on 16th Avenue. Photos and walking up-and-down the stairs is free.

It was a great morning walking the steps in San Francisco. When you’re in town make sure to checkout this mosaic masterpiece.

#ElCafeDe2013 Coffee tip of the week: Planning the Java!

I’ll be returning to the Bay Area in California next week on an extended visit, part business, part personal. Some time in San Francisco will be had. There will be some coffee consumption and coffee shop exploration of course. This leads me to…

Tip #18: …planning the Java!

I’ve been to San Francisco many times, but have only really experienced the coffee scene during the last visit or two. I have been busy reaching out on Twitter and asking friends for recommendations.

Been checking out the trusty Google Maps to find out which places are closest to each other. It doesn’t come any closer than that of Ritual Coffee Roasters and the Blue Bottle Coffee Kiosk in the Hayes Valley neighborhood!

My roaming will include returning to places that I have fallen in love with. Hi Four Barrel Coffee.

Four Barrel Coffee - San Francisco, California coffeehouse

A summarization of where I want my feet to take me:

  • Four Barrel Coffee in the Mission District
  • Blue Bottle Coffee Kiosk in Hayes Valley
  • Blue Bottle Coffee at the Ferry Building Marketplace
  • Ritual Coffee Roasters Coffee Cart in Hayes Valley
  • Sightglass Coffee in SoMa (South of Market).
  • The Mill in Alamo Square
  • farm:table in Nob Hill
  • The Buena Vista Cafe around Fisherman’s Wharf

What it looks like within Google Maps.

Some coffee fun will soon commence. I’m sure there will be some places I don’t make it to and some hidden gems that I’ll run into randomly while exploring. That’s all in the fun of traveling! Planning the Java is giving me goosebumps and it will help to make sure I don’t forget any of the places I want to get to. Hope to see you all out on the open caffeinated road!

Do you like to map out a plan of attack before traveling? Any recommended apps to do so? Any non-chain coffee shops and/or cafรฉ recommendations in San Francisco and the Bay Area?

San Francisco: Your First Ocean Beach.

Back to San Francisco I go! I’ll soon be returning to the city by the bay and like the many times before, your first Ocean Beach. Last summer was no exception. The first thing I did when entering San Fran was head over to the beach to capture a few shots along the Pacific Ocean in the early evening.

Ocean Beach, San Francisco, California

Ocean Beach, San Francisco, California

Ocean Beach, San Francisco, California

On another day I headed back over driving along the Great Highway which runs alongside the beach and parked at about 6 a.m.

Ocean Beach, San Francisco, California

The marine layer and infamous fog was out in full force and there was a cold breeze off the Pacific. That didn’t faze me as I was at one of “those” spots that I’ve relished coming to since I was a kid. I hung out and relaxed with my coffee and there were some birds, a few runners, surfers and people with cameras around.

Ocean Beach, San Francisco, California

Ocean Beach, San Francisco, California

I started climbing up the incline where Great Highway turns into Point Lobos Avenue. I was heading towards the Cliff House, capturing some pictures of the beach from above.

Ocean Beach, San Francisco, California

Ocean Beach, San Francisco, California

Along the way I stared at the ocean and waves…

Ocean Beach, San Francisco, California

…the beach and shoreline…

Ocean Beach, San Francisco, California

…and the coastline looking south.

Ocean Beach, San Francisco, California

Doing a 360, there was the San Francisco’s Camera Obscura, which is on the National Register of Historic Places, and the Seal Rocks, a rock formation island right off the coast.

Ocean Beach, San Francisco, California

Right alongside the Camera Obscura and Cliff House I looked down at the rocks, beach and ocean waters before heading back towards Ocean Beach.

Ocean Beach, San Francisco, California

Ocean Beach, San Francisco, California

Ocean Beach, San Francisco, California

Ocean Beach, San Francisco, California

Another trip to San Francisco, more great times around Ocean Beach and the Pacific coast. It doesn’t matter whether it’s sunny or fogged-in your first Ocean Beach, when in San Francisco. ๐Ÿ™‚

Ocean Beach, San Francisco, California

For cities or places that you frequent in your travels, what’s that one place you always seem to want to get to right off the bat?

San Francisco: 360 Degrees from Coit Tower.

Coit Tower is one of those places that attracts tourists in San Francisco and for good reason. Up-top it provides three hundred and sixty degree views of the city.

Coit Tower, San Francisco

Coit Tower has stood on top of Telegraph Hill within Pioneer Park since 1933, named after Lillie Hitchcock Coit and was built as the result of her wanting San Francisco to be beautified. I have great memories coming here as a child, so it’s a place I keep coming to when in the city.

Coit Tower, San Francisco

You can take the windy Telegraph Hill Boulevard up the hill, but traffic can be backed up at peak hours because parking is limited at the top. A bus or walking up the Greenwich or Filbert stairs are other popular options.

Coit Tower, San Francisco

Once up-top, after taking the old-school elevator for a nominal fee, you’ll gravitate right away towards the observation windows. There she is, the San Francisco skyline, centered by the Transamerica Pyramid.

Coit Tower, San Francisco

Rotating to other windows there is Washington Square Park, the Russian Hill neighborhood and the fog and marine layer off in the distance.

Coit Tower, San Francisco

Fisherman’s Wharf straight ahead and Alcatraz is sitting out there in the bay.

Coit Tower, San Francisco

Looking at Nob Hill and beyond that is Twin Peaks.

Coit Tower, San Francisco

A couple more skyline shots focusing on the Transamerica Pyramid.

Coit Tower, San Francisco

Coit Tower, San Francisco

IF you look straight up, there is the clear, blue open sky.

Coit Tower, San Francisco

Now stare down at the bottom of one of the observation windows. Opposite the window on the outside lies change and other items. I wonder how that stuff got out there and how many different currencies are represented. ๐Ÿ™‚

Coit Tower, San Francisco

Scenic views can also be had within Pioneer Park outside of Coit Tower. San Francisco Bay, Fisherman’s Wharf and the fog and marine layer straight ahead.

Coit Tower, San Francisco

Washington State Park and the Russian Hill neighborhood again with lots of greenery in the foreground.

Coit Tower, San Francisco

There sits the Transamerica Pyramid beyond the greenery and trees. I was chilling on the grass as well when capturing this shot.

Coit Tower, San Francisco

Hello the beautiful San Fran skyline.

Coit Tower, San Francisco

The San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge and open waters of San Francisco Bay with a palm tree along for the ride, perfect! ๐Ÿ™‚

Coit Tower, San Francisco

Can’t capture enough of the open San Francisco Bay and all the blue.

Coit Tower, San Francisco

I mentioned it was a spot I came to (quite a bit actually) as a child. Found a couple of shots up-top from back when. ๐Ÿ™‚ Just as scenic.

Coit Tower, San Francisco

Coit Tower, San Francisco

It was great early afternoon checking out the city from up-top Pioneer Park and Coit Tower. What places do you like to checkout San Francisco from up-top?

Photo of the Week: A Romantic Park Bench SF Style.

Your on a park bench. Your up-top a hill and cliff. You’re in San Francisco. You’re in California. Your sitting where San Francisco Bay flows into the Pacific Ocean. It’s nearing sunset. The Golden Gate Bridge is within view. It doesn’t get much better and romantic then this spot at Land’s End, part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area.

Romantic Park Bench, Lands End, San Francisco, Cailifornia