Recently, I checked an item off my travel bucket list and finally made my way to The City by the Bay. It was all that I hoped, to say the least. I was even treated to a night or two of that famed San Fran fog. It was great.

I did all the touristy things, and allowed myself the typical photo ops along the way. Nevertheless, I got a few shots I thought worth sharing.

“Anyone who doesn’t have a great time in San Francisco is pretty much dead to me. You go there as a snarky New Yorker thinking it’s politically correct, it’s crunchy granola, it’s vegetarian, and it surprises you every time. It’s a two-fisted drinking town, a carnivorous meat-eating town, it’s dirty and nasty and wonderful.” — Anthony Bourdain

Some architectural abstracts from the the Golden Gate Bridge:

The view, in both directions, from Lombard Street:

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Coit Tower, seen from Embarcadero:

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Of course, my visit was just another day at work for the fine folks at the famed Golden Gate Fortune Cookie Company:

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And, finally, here’s yours truly at that most iconic literary landmark: City Lights Booksellers. I’ve wanted to visit since 16-year-old me went through a disturbingly obsessive Beat phase — one that I must confess I occasionally slip back into for a few days at a time even now.

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“San Francisco has only one drawback: ’tis hard to leave.” — Rudyard Kipling