Monday, August 24, 2015

San Francisco's North Beach: 24 August 2015

A ramble in the North Beach neighborhood of San Francisco on a cool cloudy morning.

This is the iconic and well regarded City Lights Books. It is located on Columbus Avenue; the bookstore was named a San Francisco Designated Landmark in 2001. Click on the image to see the full-size photograph.
La Boulange was a locally owned french bakery and coffee shop... until 2012 when Starbucks purchase the company for 100 million dollars. In June 2015 Starbucks announced that it will close all 23 retail outlets. What a dreadful decision, 745 people will be out of jobs and a beloved San Francisco coffee house will be gone. Click on the image to see the full-size photograph.
The Fireman's Memorial statue; it is sited in Washington Square Park, which is  located about 1/4 mile from Telegraph Hill, upon which Coit Tower stands on the summit. The statement on the base of the statue: "To Commemorate The Volunteer Fire Department of San Francisco 1849-1866. Erected 1933 By Bequest of Lillie Hitchcock Coit." Ms. Hitchcock Coit, who died in 1929, also bequest Coit Tower to San Francisco in 1933. Click on the image to see the full-size photograph.

The route. The approximate distance traveled was 7.6 miles. The approximate cumulative elevation gain was 603 feet. Click on the image to see the full-size map.
The graph shows the elevation changes encountered during the ramble. Click on the image to see the full-size chart.

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