Sunday, February 10, 2013

Sundays in My City - San Francisco Night Scenes - February 10, 2013

Lucky San Franciscans were able to see the fabulous Sony Holland and her 
extremely talented guitarist lyricist husband, Jerry Holland, both nights
this weekend at Café Divine. They are about the only reason, I would brave 
North Beach traffic.  I drove around for an hour Saturday night before, I finally 
found a parking spot. The area around Washington Square, the heart of San 
Francisco's Italian section, is full of wonderful eating spots and clubs and
Chinatown is just a few blocks away.

I always love the evening glow of Saints Peter and Paul Church, Coit Tower,
and the Transamerica Pyramid.  I do love India but this city captured my heart 
when I was 18 and it is still my favorite place on earth.

Coit Tower, atop telegraph Hill, was built in 1933, with the bequest of Lillie.
Hitchcock:Coit.  On January 29, 2008, it was named to the National Register 
of Historic Places.

Lillie Coit had a special relationship with San Francisco firefighters, from adolescence
onward and is, today, there matron saint.

The views from Coit Tower are incredible but, with accessibility only by one road,
there can be a very long wait to get to the top of Telegraph Hill.  Fortunately,
there are frequent buses.

Saints Peter and Paul Church, known as "the Italian cathedral of the West",
is a Roman Catholic church located in San Francisco's North Beach area.
Since it was consecrated, it has been the home church and cultural center
for San Francisco's Italian-American community. In recent years,, it has also 
become the home church for the city's Chinese-American community.  San
Francisco's Italian and Chinese sections border each other, providing a
wonderful glimpse of two cultures and incredible dining opportunities.

There were five bomb attacks against the church, in the course of one year,
from 1926 to 1927.  these were attributed to radical anti-Catholic anarchists.

Joe DiMaggio's first wedding was held here ( not the one to Marilyn Monroe )
and his funeral took place here.

When it was completed in 1972, the Transamerica Pyramid it was one of the five 
tallest buildings in the world.  It is still San Francisco's tallest skyscraper.  It is
no longer home to the headquarters of the Transamerica Corporation

I am participating in ,_San_Francisco


  1. Great selection of night-time images!


    1. My city really is beautiful at night - though sometimes it's so foggy,you can't get a shot at all!

  2. Wonderful photos and an interesting post. I love that you gave links to more info! And nighttime photos are always a challenge...these are beautiful!

    1. I'm glad you liked the pictures. I rarely shoot them at night in San Francisco.

  3. Thank you for your pictures. I enjoyed visiting San Francisco through your eyes.

    1. Thanks for coming along to San Francisco. I first fell in love with this city during a stopover when I was 18 and I've now lived here for over 35 years. I've visited 45 countries and in the world but San Francisco remains my favorite place.

  4. Anonymous3:04 PM

    Like the first image much. Please have a good new week.

    1. I always love seeing you here, Robert

  5. Wonderful work on your images!!

    1. San Francisco is a small town compared to your 20 million population in Mumbai!

  6. This really is such a wonderful city. I love it.

  7. Interesting idea with the bare trees in front of the Cathedral. :)