Soul

Part of our exploring week also were two trips to San Francisco. As said I already fell in love with this city after one day. No need to mention how I feel about it after seeing even more. This post is called “Soul” because I thought that would perfectly match and contrast the “Spirit” theme for Berkeley. Enjoy a walk and journey through this magic city.

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Our first trip begin at the pumping vein of the central downtown area as perfectly illustrated by this fire truck. We had time to explore some ways around Powell and Market Street.

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This large mall had endless floors and twisting escalators.

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Through coincidence we found our way to the South of Market district which is apparently known for its various bars and restaurants but also partly had a ghetto character. We stumbled upon this cute little place which combined a burger place with a bakery.

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Our last stop for the day was the Folsom Bar which would have a Hip Hop evening on Thursdays. But with time passing the crowd changed from young, hip and Hip Hop oriented to old and gothic-alternative with an enjoyment for noisy music which would lead to bleeding ears. At least we could enjoy a free drink and some Fugees classics before leaving.

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Our second trip started where it all begins, one more time at the Golden Gate Bridge. After a long BART and bus ride of over two hours we finally arrived at our destination. Even if we were not really lucky with the weather during the week and it had been foggy and cloudy the whole day the sun immediately broke through when we got there. It was just a perfect moment that I will keep in my memory for a long time.

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The typical and unique Cable Car. It is hard to imagine how that old and simple cable mechanism is still able to pull that much weight up the high hills.

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The beautiful park near Fisherman’s Wharf.

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A little glance at the Bay and and some beautiful sail boats.

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The typical San Francisco house and street. The definition of hideous urban housing is hard to be found.

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Finally arriving in Little Italy, a little charming northern district.

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Walking or more climbing up this hill to get an amazing view over the city.

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You can see the bridge leading to Berkeley and Oakland, the Bay Bridge, on the left side.

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The stunning San Francisco skyline and its wavy lines.

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The pier and a view of the America’s Cup, the wide ocean and a lonely ship going to a far away place somewhere in the world.

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The Coit Tower served firemen some decades ago. Today it is a main attraction for tourists to get to one of the highest spots in the city.

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Leaving Little Italy for the Financial District and China Town.

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You could not find as many useful things as at a store in China Town.

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To round off the day we took the Cable Car down the hills.

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Somehow the city has the charm of an old soul that captures you. I hope to see more of it during this year.

Credits: Clara Speer / Rike Ludwig

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