basics


We are in the high tourist season here in San Francisco, and it has made me think a lot about how we travel, and what we forget when we are on the road. It is easy to forget, while we’re on vacation, that people actually live and work in the […]

General Travel Tips



When you think of San Francisco, you don’t automatically think of beaches. And, with some good reason…there are very few beach-type days here, at least not in the stereotypical sense. But you would be remiss to not check out Ocean Beach. It is a huge strand of a beach; I’m […]

San Francisco’s Ocean Beach



I recently had the pleasure of spending quite a bit of time at SFO, some of it in the International terminal. This was the first time I had used the International side since it was redone a few years ago, and I was pleasantly surprised! When you arrive to SFO […]

Arrival and Departure: San Francisco


The recent earthquake in China (and the cyclone in Burma, and, in the not too distant past, Hurricane Katrina and The Tsunami) was a cruel reminder that Mother Nature’s wrath can strike anytime, and in any place, often without warning. As independent travelers, we often don’t think about this, traipsing […]

San Francisco Earthquake Preparedness




Farmer’s Markets are a very important part of the San Francisco lifestyle (and the Bay Area as a whole). In a city that prides itself on promoting sustainability, buying from the local farmers is one key component. Markets are held during the week and on weekends. There are other, neighborhood […]

Farmer’s Markets in San Francisco


A quote widely, and falsely, attributed to Mark Twain goes, “The coldest winter I ever spent was a summer in San Francisco.” While Twain never said it, the sentiment still stands. Summers here can be tremendously cold. Yes, you are in California. Yes, the calendar reads July. And Yes, the […]

Weather in San Francisco


One of the most common questions I see about San Francisco is, “Do I need a car?” The short answer is no. The longer answer is not really. If you are planning on mainly staying in the City proper, or perhaps doing a nearby stop to Sausalito/Tiberon or the East […]

Getting Around San Francisco



Hello. Hola. Ni hao. Ciao. こんにちは. здравствулте!. Welcome to San Francisco, where you are as likely to hear Spanish, Mandarin, Italian, Japanese, Russian, or a multitude of other languages as you are to hear English. This west coast boomtown is truly like no other, and I am lucky enough to […]

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