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November 4, 2010 |
The confetti that carpeted the parade route Wednesday morning was San Francisco Giants orange ? and so were the T-shirts and fright wigs, the hair dye and body paint, the lights on Coit Tower and City Hall and the tiny hearts stuck to Anna Goldberg's face. For the first time since the baseball team arrived on the West Coast 52 years ago, fans here had reason to really celebrate. And on Wednesday, they choked the Financial District and the Civic Center to cheer their beloved team's long-awaited World Series championship.
October 10, 2010 |
Man does not live by bread alone, and families can't count on theme parks for all their adventures. Here are 10 relatively unthemed Western destinations, all best enjoyed in the company of a 10-year-old: Cable cars, San Francisco: Of the three routes in operation, the classic Powell-Hyde Line begins at Powell and Market streets near Union Square, climbs Nob Hill, then descends dramatically to end at Aquatic Park, near Ghirardelli Square and...
May 2, 2010 |
The green-and-gold tram trundled down the road, a small Australian flag hanging out the driver's window. I stared in amazement, momentarily forgetting my morning coffee. As it rumbled past, I could see the words "Melbourne, Victoria, Australia" emblazoned on the side. But I was half a world away at an outdoor cafe in San Francisco. I wasn't the only one excited. "Look, Daddy, it's a fashion train!" cried the little boy at the next table. I smiled; the term "fashion train" seemed apt. The other tram lines in San Francisco come in standard-issue silver and red. This line — the F — features historic streetcars from around the world in various shapes and colors.
September 30, 2007
Cable cars: A Sept. 23 article listing contact numbers and information for San Francisco included an incorrect website for San Francisco Cable Cars. The website is www.sfcablecar.com.
September 9, 2007
San Francisco A free ride (almost) On a recent trip to San Francisco, we discovered a great way for oldsters (65-plus) to use public buses, cable cars etc. The Senior Pass goes for $10 a calendar month, with a three-day grace period into the next month. Cards are sold at some cable-car ticket booths and hotels. Muni, (415) 701-2311, www.sfmuni.com Owen Gillick Twentynine Palms -- Romania Guide to the past Our recent trip to Romania [above] was beyond our wildest expectations.
September 9, 2006
Re "In L.A., Desire of Some Is Named Streetcar," Sept. 5 The main differences between the effective but confusing DASH bus system and a trolley are the legibility and fixity of the trolley line and the fun riding experience of being on a special vehicle rather than a utilitarian bus. Why not: Paint a continuous dotted line of circles, each about a foot in diameter, on the street with a big spot at each stop. Call it DOT -- Downtown Omnibus Transport. Use modern vehicles, with electric power and rubber tires.