Matt Heffernan's Photo Album

San Francisco


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I have now been to both ends of I-80. The west end goes right by a spectacular view of downtown. Luckily, traffic was slow enough at this time to take the picture without moving. The guy in my mirror, however, probably thought I took a little too long to move.

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Of course, one of the first things I had to do in San Francisco was to take a ride on a "Muni" streetcar. This is the first one I ever rode on.

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I happened upon this church while driving around. Strikingly beautiful. It's obviously an eastern orthodox church, but I didn't see which nationality.

Chinatown


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This is Grant Street, the heart of Chinatown. There were decorations up for both the Moon Festival and the upcoming 50th anniversary of the Communist Revolution in China. Something for everybody, I guess.

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A corner building in Chinatown. An excellent example of Chinese-American architecture.

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An apartment building in Chinatown. A modest living space made beautiful with colorful detail.

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A street lamp on Grant Street. Everything has a Chinese flavor there...

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...even the McDonalds.

Financial District


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A small pagoda-like structure is shadowed by skyscrapers where Chinatown meets the financial district.

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I was driving around, and I looked out of my sunroof, and saw this staring down at me. I don't know which bank owns it, but it's a very impressive building.

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The TransAmerica Pyramid. Luckily it was a clear day. Usually the fog was so heavy that you couldn't see the top.

Lombard Street - "The Crookedest Street in the World"


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Looking up Lombard Street and its eight quick, sharp turns in one very steep block. The curves are filled in with gardens and sidewalks with steps go along each side.

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I think I could deal with the inherent inconvenience of living on Lombard Street with this view of the bay, and the non-crooked remainder of this beautiful street.

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Even if it weren't for the crooked street, Lombard Street would be known for its beautiful houses, like this one in particular.

Pacific Ocean


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A view of the ocean, looking southwest.

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Looking towards the northern peninsula. Those rocks take a severe beating from the surf.


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