Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Travel Log 2011: San Francisco, Part II

Post II about my adventures in San Francisco. We spent a good amount of time hanging out in The Mission and North Beach, where I chased the ghosts of Beatniks past through the alleys. Safe to say, I officially heart San Francisco.

Dolores Park : where all the cool cats hang  

Chillin' at Dolores Park

The Mission is filled with amazing street art.

View from Coit Tower

 Neal and Carolyn Cassady's old home - 29 Russell Street. Jack Kerouac (one of my all-time favorite authors) lived with them for several months and began writing sections of what later became his most famous work, On the Road, and his most experimental work, Visions of Cody.

 This cracked me up. I found it in The Beat Museum.

City Lights Bookstore. It's an independent bookstore and publisher that was founded by Beat poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti. It's major claim to fame is that it published Allen Ginsberg's controversial poem, Howl.

Inside of City Lights 

Vesuvio is right across the alley from City Lights and it was a popular hangout for writers including Kerouac and Dylan Thomas. (If you didn't already pick up on it, I have a slight obsession with Beatnik writers and I made a point to see these places while I was in California.) Aside from being a historical space, it's also just a really cool bar.

Modern girl dressed like Bettie Page in Beatnik bar. You'd think she was posing for me or something.

Inside of Vesuvio

The Buena Vista - the best Irish Coffee I've ever had outside of Ireland.

The beautiful Palace of Fine Arts

View of the city from Lombard Street

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