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San Francisco’s undiscovered gems, on the cheap

San Francisco’s undiscovered gems, on the cheap (best breakfasts, crookedist street, wave organ, and much more)… San Francisco, that grand city by the Bay, is not known as an inexpensive destination. With hotels and motels going for $300/night and up, parking almost non-existent and pricey restaurants on almost every corner – the question comes, can […]

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San Francisco’s Hyde Street Pier, once part of US Hwy. 101, offers living history amid historic ships!

  Only the Captain and his family had luxury quarters on the 1886 Balclutha; the balance of the 29 person crew lived a much more Spartan lifestyle! Across the pier from the ferry Eureka is the old Eppleton Hall, built a hundred years ago in England, a side-wheel steel tug that once plied the Bay.   […]

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Warships, tall ships and historic watercraft of the Bay Area: Part II

The Hyde Street Cable Car turnaround is just a block up the street from the Hyde Street Pier. Here cable cars are turned on a hand-powered turntable and loaded for the trip back up Hyde Street! USS Pamponito, a World War II fleet submarine, sank six Japaneses ships and damaged four others; the sub and […]

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Warships, tall ships and historic watercraft of the Bay Area

Kids can get a lesson in piloting a huge aircraft carrier in the Hornet’s bridge, guided by docents, many of them former crew members (photo courtesy Carri Stever). The Hornet’s flight deck, as seen from the bridge, saw Jimmie Doolittle’s squadron of B-25s depart on secret mission to attack Japan in World War II (photo […]

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