Do You Have The Time?

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Ingleside Terrace residents always know the time thanks to the giant sundial at the base of Entrada Court. The 26-foot tall sundial was constructed in 1913. It is made of concrete and granite and back in the day it was surrounded by manicured lawns and gardens. A reflecting pool and two bronze seal statues used […]

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San Francisco on Film

Arts and Entertainment
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Last night the San Francisco Museum and Historical Society celebrated Kim Novak, the star of Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo, and awarded her with the San Francisco Cinematic Icon award.  To further celebrate San Francisco’s rich film history, the SF Museum and Historical Society is featuring a special exhibit at the Old Mint. The exhibit opens tomorrow runs […]

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Camera Obscura

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Tucked behind the Cliff House stands a piece of technology dating back to the 15th Century. The Giant Camera, known as Camera Obscura, was built in 1946 as an attraction at Playland by the Sea. Walking into the small building is a bit like walking into a fun house. I had no idea what was […]

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Corona Heights Hike

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Corona Heights Park is often overlooked in favor of the taller near-by hills of Buena Vista and Tank Hill. This former quarry has stunning 360-degree views of the city and offers a unique vantage point not seen on some of the taller hills. This 16-acre parcel of land, formerly known as Rock Hill, was home […]

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The Odyssey on Angel Island

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“Tell me, O muse, of that ingenious hero who travelled far and wide after he had sacked the famous town of Troy.” The Odyssey, written by Homer in 800 B.C.E. is an epic poem about adventure on land and the high seas. Most people read a small portion of the poem in their high school […]

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Cobblestone Peek-A-Boo

History
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I noticed this spot of cobblestone peeking out from under the asphalt on Liberty Street, near Noe Street. I started to imagine this Victorian-lined street with a quaint cobblestone road and I had to snap a picture before this piece of history was paved over once again. After a little research I discovered that the […]

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Bike and Sip: Wine Tasting in Healdsburg

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Sonoma residents affectionately refer to San Franciscans as lizards. We slither out from the San Francisco fog to bask in Sonoma’s sunshine. The life of a lizard is pretty grand- especially when cycling through vineyards in search of the perfect glass of wine. Cycling past rows of grape vines, colorful barns and sheds, majestic oak […]

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Getting Away From It All: Twin Peaks and Mt. Sutro

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The walk begins at the Castro MUNI Station at Castro and Market Streets. This walk can be customized depending on the trails you decide to take in the Mount Sutro Open Space Reserve area.  Following my path below the walk is a little over 4 miles. In addition to exploring San Francisco’s forested areas, this […]

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The Maltese Falcon

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About Dashiell Hammett Hammett lived in San Francisco from 1921-1930. Before moving to San Francisco, Hammett served in WWI. During his service he contracted Spanish Influenza that later turned into Tuburculosis. Hammett was disabled by the Tuburculosis and spent November 1920 to February 1921 in a military hospital receiving treatment.  It was in the infirmary […]

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Tales of the City

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Armistead Maupin is a long-time San Francisco resident and author of Tales of the City. Maupin moved to San Francisco in 1971 as a reporter for the Associate Press San Francisco bureau. A few years later Tales of the City made its debut as a weekly column in the San Francisco Chronicle.  The column became a book, […]

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