Russian Hill: A Marvelous Spot For Tourism In San Francisco

Russian Hill is located in San Francisco, Ca. This area of northern California is known for the smell of the ocean, mingled with the California Redwoods and the Napa Valley wine country. Russian Hill is one of the original 7 hills that make up San Francisco, Ca. Of the 42 hills that are now present the other 35 are man made. Facing North and slightly elevated a tourist will find their selves in the Nob Hill district. This district has traditionally been one of the rich upper class society type, As one travels down facing South they find their selves smelling the great seafood and bay area smells that make San Francisco so great to visit. Volumes of fresh sea food are served, prepared, and sold on the tourist destination called Fisherman’s Warf. Trolley cars and cable cars are every where to be rode by the individual that seeks a fabulous site seeing adventure.

Russian Hill Photography 2013

To the West side of Russian Hill a tourist will see the famous Cow Hollow district, along with the Marina District. At the top north section of Russian hill is the beginning of Ghiradelli Square. Russian Hill is fabulous for its elevated breath taking views of the city called,” The city by the Bay”.

The location of Russian Hill finds its roots and association with a cemetery that was once located on the top of Russian Hill. Russian Boat crews from 1806 were said to have been buried on top of Russian Hill. As early legend goes the truth of the matter nobody really knows. But as curiosity and the legends go’s the story has stuck with the origins of Russian Hill.

Between Hyde and Leavenworth street a tourist will have the experience of a lifetime. The street called Lombard Street, winds its way down the hillside with seven complete side winding turns, this same street is called the most windiest street in the world. Walking the street, or driving the street can be a real treat and adventure. The original street layout was conceived because the street was just too steep to navigate. Tourists will see the Golden Gate Bridge with its mile upon mile stretch of golden arches, and its breathtaking construction architecture, the site is well presented for photography. Tourists who enjoy the natural wonders of mankind’s ability’s will find the bridge awesome. Across the bay another site awaits the eyeful tourist the site of the island of Alcatraz. Alcatraz is long remembered for the prison that help such villi ons as John Dillinger, Al Capone and many famous convicts a like.

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The Bird man of Alcatraz once was housed in the confines of this ex-military base, that once had the role of guarding the ports of San Francisco bay, and Russian Hill. In the early 1860s life and what is know as Russian Hill changed drastically. Sub Divisions began to form and the California Gold Rush began to bring immigrants along with tourism to these coastal shores. Some had dreams of striking it rich on the gold that was said to be in the placer hills. In 1968 the area called Russian Hills was cast in a movie called,”Bullitt”, a Famous actor of the time,”Steve MC Queen”, who had the staring role in the movie.The scenery of Russian Hill was cast into Hollywood fame by The movie,”Bullitt”… Again in 1982 Eddy Murphy a all star comedian along with Nick Nolty played in 48 hours. The comedy found the two comical, dysfunctional convict and cop riding the hills of the district called Russian Hills. As a place for seeing and experiencing it all, from Art, Legend, Scenery, And culture Russian Hill has the venue packed for any seasoned tourist. Something is present for all who want a little of everything.

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What is for Lunch at the Fantastic Parada 22

San Francisco is known for breathtaking views, signature landmarks, cable cars, and plenty of place to met and conversate with friends and family. San Francisco is also known for excellent food, fun and all-around excitement. With so much to do and so much to see the question may be where to eat. Parada 22 at Haight-Ashbury is just one of the many options, but what makes this restaurant the place to eat. Well, today you’ll find out.

San Francisco viewsFor many restaurants the goal is to stand out, create an environment that makes people want to eat there and come back often. Parada 22 has created just that. Parada 22 has built a reputation among the locals as being a splendid place for brunch, lunch, and dinner. Parada 22 has established a restaurant with exceptional service, memorable food, ideal value and prices, with an enticing atmosphere. Parada 22 has an ideal location near Golden Gate Park, this highly rated restaurant creates an atmosphere that is warm, friendly, cozy, and inviting.

Now lets talk about the meat and potatoes of a restaurant, the food. Everyone talks about the food, what a place serves more than anything and Parada 22 has a wide variety of Puerto Rican cuisine for your appetite. The home-style cooking will surely enlighten your taste buds and leave you wanting more. Some ideas you can order include shrimp with red beans and Spanish rice and a Latin tradition plantains. You can also order pollo, which is chicken for those who don’t speak Spanish. Some other items on the menu include Biftec, which is a marinated sirloin steak with onions over green beans. Not only can you enjoy traditional food, but they have a great wine and beer menu.

Parada 22 interior photo

Another concern for any patrons is how affordable a is restaurant and most of the items on the menu are under $12. This is perfect for a quick lunch with co-workers, friends or family.

Parada 22 is also perfect for brunch which commonly starts at 9 a.m San Francisco time on the weekends. Some of the items you can order include a world famous breakfast burritos, their signature buttermilk pancakes, and biscuits served in a creamy herb gravy. Pandara 22 is also great for dinner as the restaurant is close to Cha Cha Cha night spot.

Parada 22 has a setting that is very intimate, with only ten tables this restaurant is ideal for a one on one conversation as the noise level is minimal. This perfect for date night with a blind date or a couple looking to keep things spicy. The decor oozes Latin flavor, but not too much, and makes you feel like Puerto Rico is just outside the doors.

Some other notable facts about the restaurant are the convent hours the restaurant serves patroness. Parada 22 is open from 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday-Friday and 9 a.m.- 10 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. The attire is casual and you can order carry out. Parada 22 is also kid friendly and has a great lunch menu to suppose that environment.

The restaurant is highly rated as I mentioned before many have submitted reviews regarding the food, service, and atmosphere. “We love the shrimp with red beans and Spanish rice here. “The Camarones à la Criolla is so delicious.” These are just some of the things people are saying about this petite restaurant with great food, superior service, an inviting atmosphere and an all-around great place. So the next time you’re in San Francisco come to Parada 22 and find out for yourself what everyone is raving about.

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You Can’t Buy Pigs at the Pork Store Cafe in San Francisco

If you are walking down to the corner of Haight and Ashbury, you will definately come across the Pork Store Cafe.
Many questions will come to mind. What is this place? How did it get the name? Why are people standing in line to get in? Do they sell pigs in there?

Reviews- Pork Store CafeNo, you can’t buy pigs here, but you can get a great meal. The Pork Store Cafe is open for breakfast, brunch, and lunch. There are three extremely popular items here at the Pork Store Cafe. These three items are the Pork Store Special, Eggs In A Tasty Nest, and their Hash Browned Potatoes. They also serve other breakfast items, sandwiches, salads, and more. They even have a low carb and vegan menu.

This is a casual dress cafe and kids are more than welcome. As a matter of fact, the kids may enjoy watching their food being prepared in the open kitchen. You will want to sit at the long bar for that.

The Pork Store Cafe has been in business since 1979. It was many things before it became what it is today. It started out in 1916 as a butcher shop known as the Haight Street Pork Store. The owners had a stained glass sign made and installed at the location that read “Pork Store”. In the 50’s there was a cafe at the location. The owners covered the sign up. Other businesses in this location have included a hair salon, a coffee shop and another restaurant. The stained glass sign was never uncovered. In 1979 the sign was uncovered and the new business that started there became the Pork Store Cafe.

The great tasting food, the huge portions, the excellent service, and the affordable prices keep people coming back time after time. Word of mouth has brought even more people to the restaurant. Often times you may see a line forming outside to get in. This isn’t a bad thing. They bring you a small cup of coffee to drink while you wait. Besides, the wait is usually just a few minutes.

Last Reviews 2013 - Pork Store Cafe

When in San Francisco, do what the locals do. Go down to the Pork Store Cafe and have a great meal. No, you can’t buy pigs there, but you will have a great meal.

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Lombard Street: One of San Francisco’s First Transformed Pieces of Real Estate

One of San Francisco’s first truly transformed pieces of real estate”Lombard Street” one of the city’s main attractions. People flock from all over the world to see one of the World’s crookedest streets. How this happened has become part of San Francisco legend. San Francisco is a tourist destination for travelers around the world and few feel they have seen it without taking the time to visit “Lombard Street”.

San Francisco Lombard Street Design 2013This tourist attraction began as a very steep cobblestone street. At a grade of 27 percent, cars were an impossible idea. The idea of 10 percent grade is very steep for a vehicle and 27 percent grade is frightening for anyone driving a car. To increase land value and to make the property more accessible a curved street was designed initiated. The crooked street called “Lombard” swirls down the hills of San Francisco with beautiful flower gardens and lovely homes in the backdrop.

Lombard Street in San Francisco seen from the Coit Tower.

Lombard Street in San Francisco seen from the Coit Tower

Pictures of Hydrangeas were shown beautifully on a post in the early 80s attracting droves of tourist ever since. The space of land of land was a not a prime location in the early years but as it developed it became and still is some of the most attractive piece of real estate property in the San Francisco area. The streets are cobblestone which reminds one of the days of San Francisco’s Barbary Coast days. This once not so accessible piece of real estate is now high-end real estate filled with stately homes.

Lombard Street gives the full feel of the “Hills of San Francisco. “ The scenery is beautiful with flowers in bloom that make for a gorgeous photo to send home. The curves of the street lined with beautiful flower beds strategically planted along the way add a flare to this uniquely designed street. This street was engineered for the best access for residents and has turned out to be a great advantage for visitors too.

PLACES FOR TRAVELERS AROUND SAN FRANCISCOLombard was one of San Francisco’s first truly transformed pieces of real estate, turning it into a tourist destination for people all over. The gracious homes located along the route furnished with the latest amenities of the modern world reminds visitors of the present, while the street itself with its beautiful gardens so carefully cared for takes you back to yesterday, when life was a little bit slower. Drive or walk through this stretch of road and momentarily go through a time tunnel of San Francisco history.
 – Guest blogger: Marcelin P. 1959/Architect From France 

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Castro District: 2013 Portal Destination of Gay Pride

Castro Street in San Francisco, California is what is considered the main battlefront ground for the alternate lifestyle individual.

Many modern activists supporting gay rights and gay culture has launched from this prominent battlefront. Castro Street was originally called Castro Street because Jose Castro a politician and activist bolstered the movement to oppose Mexican opposition to the United States governing of California around the 19th century time period.

 Castro District San Francisco Graphics 2013

The Castro district we know in these modern ages was created from the Market Street Railway Company that embarked on the quest of building the railway and creating a line of track from Eureka Valley to what is known as down town San Francisco today.

1906 was a year that brought a lot of destruction to San Francisco. The great earthquake was a disaster that nearly destroyed San Francisco and its cultured neighbourhoods. The mansion of Alfred E. Clark survived the natural disaster and today the mansion is located on the corner of Caseli Ave and Douglas. The mansion is now called the Caselli Mansion. The mansion is well worth a tour to experience rich exposure to Scandinavian craftsmanship.

Originally known as, “Little Scandinavia” the Castro District was saturated with predominantly Swedish, Norwegian, and Danish decedents. Scandinavian architecture can be viewed all over the city near Market Street, Cove Street, and 15th Street. Church Street in the Castro District has some of the finest Scandinavian Architecture to be seen. Roof timbers still grace the buildings and are viewable to the general tourist from a glance.

Originally Gay servicemen were dishonourably discharged in World War 2 for being practicing homosexuals. Those same men were offloaded and began the building of the gay culture and alternate lifestyle acceptance in modern Castro District. The Castro district is now primarily known for its wonderful acceptance of alternate lifestyle cultures. Acceptance can be found in and among its many residence for those who feel that they have no place to flourish and practice their lifestyle choices.

Harvey Milk in 1973 opened a camera store in Castro District. The camera store fast become a gay activist headquarters lead by no other than Harvey Milk. Harvey Milks Camera store is still there and now is a favourite tourist attraction for those who wish to see this pioneer headquarters from the past. The tour and visit is sure to open new ideas and new acceptance of what was a major factor in helping gays around the world find love and acceptance.

The Castro District of today is full of many different stores that show off the art that San Francisco culture is well noted. Stores that have blown glass and beautiful artisan crafted glassware offer the curios tourist the glimpse of fine art desired by most. Culture and activities seem to govern the atmosphere in this district. There is never a dull moment for the tourist that wished=s to see some debating supporting the gay activist culture. Politically the movement is always present in the Castro district of San Francisco.

Life as most know is quite different when an individual wakes to the smell of the fresh seafood and smells of the water front rolling up the Avenue while staying as a tourist in the Castro District. A short hop away from the Castro district and the trolley car can arrive the interested tourist at a destination called Market Street. Market Street will give a tourist the taste of the freshest sea food money can buy. Seafood of every variety and every prepared way is available to taste. Tourist will find this destination full of fun and sparked full of new ideas for other destinations.
– Guest writer: Eric Palad from San Francisco 1971/Journalist

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Haight-Ashbury, A Tourists Dream Of Submersion in 1960s Culture

Haight-Ashbury is a location in San Francisco, California.

San Francisco is a place in Northern California near coastal shores and abundant metropolitan cities. San Francisco by itself is a large cornerstone city of California. Established in the Gold rush years, San Francisco is still growing and has never seen its hay-day as of this date.

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Haight-Ashbury is a district located near Golden Gate Park. Stanyon Street and the Golden Gate Park border Haight-Ashbury on the western side of the district. Baker Street and the beautiful park Buena Vista are awaiting a visit to the East of the district. Towards the South side of the district is the neighbourhoods of the infamous Cole Valley noted for its cheap 1960s style of housing that was sought by most individuals that wanted a cheap affordable place to call home.

Haight-Ashbury street names get there names derived from early settlers of the late 1870s. Henry Haight and Mr. Munroe Ashbury gave these streets there popular cultured names. The neighbourhood was primary designed by Mr. Ashbury and his then aspiring Nephew. A lower level of the neighbourhood was called Lower Height and the elevated neighbourhood was glamorized as Upper Height. Upper Height was primarily were Hippies and the Bohemian movement became popularized in the 1960s. Japanese and African American culture dominated the Lower Height district.

As its call to fame the Haight-Ashbury district finds its roots and glamour from the Hippie movement and culture. Still to this day Haight-Ashbury is popularized by its standing among unique places to visit and rich culture experience. Some of the greatest Rock Stars of all time found their beginning in Haight-Ashbury. Stars like Janis Joplin, Jefferson Airplane, Jimmy Hendrix, all these rock and Rock musicians knew the district of Haight-Ashbury. Most of these musicians lived worked and had friends that still reside in the Haight-Ashbury district.

Counter-culture is in unison of the name,”Haight-Ashbury”. American culture was taking a very different line from were it currently is now. In the summer of 1967 Haight-Ashbury found itself infiltrated with Hippies. Hippies were a culture of individuals that listened to the new Psychedelic Music of the age. Messages were said to be in some of these songs. Subliminal messages were always being listened for by the practicing Hippie. Hippies believed in the concepts of world peace and brotherly love for all people who wished and embraced its ideas. War was an evil concept that most Hippies protested and wanted nothing to do with at all. Hippies wanted one thing,” Put peace back into the World”.

Haight-Ashbury location  San Francisco

As a tourist destination the sights are many and the culture exposure can be awesome. Along its many streets the Haight-Ashbury district is graced with retro shops offering a trip back in time to the land of the Hippie and Bohemian. Head Shops and bead shops flank the store fronts. Restaurants with Hippie décor make a visit feel like a trip back into the time when the Summer of Love of 1967 was at its full swing. The Summer of love has came and gone but the Haight-Ashbury district will bring back a vision for the most sceptical tourist of what it really was like in the Sixties.

When experiencing the Haight-Ashbury district it is important to keep in mind that the whole focus of the district is about a time when Psychedelic Music, Marijuana, Free Love, and alternate lifestyles were learning to be excepted, and most importantly, not judged. Culture differences and ideas were radically different. The tourist will enjoy every moment spent in the district of San Francisco’s Haight-Ashbury district. Still to this day there are individuals practicing and living the Hippie way of life. Some of these individuals will be happy to share with the avid interested tourist a way of life long gone.

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