May 17, 2012

San Francisco Revisited

Returned stateside a week ago and have been very busy.  Not much time to write.  Just wanted to post some new photos of old familiar stomping grounds.  The Bay Bridge is getting upgraded. They are adding a new curved section with suspension cables where that one dangerous section currently exists.  (Remember the truck that crashed and caught fire several years ago?)  Anyway, I'm not up on all the details, but snapped a quick photo of the new section.  Very different! 


Also visited the Palace of Fine Arts a few days ago, and am ashamed to say I wasn't clear on the reason for it's cosntruction until then.  I always thought it was built for a World Fair in the early 1900's.  I was pleasantly surprised to learn it was actually built in 1915 to celebrate the completion of the Panama Canal!    It took four years to construct and was part of the 635 acre Panama-Pacific International Exhibition that ran from 2/20/1915 to 12/4/1915.  It drew 19 million visitors during that time.  It now houses the San Francisco Exploratorium.  The building and ground were being renovated when I lived in the city in the late 1960's.  It's quite nice to stroll though the grounds at this time....


I took this last photo as a professional photographer was setting up for wedding photos.  It was a gay marriage.  I love San Francisco!