Travel Scrapbooking: San Francisco

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San Francisco is a wonderful city with its old-fashioned urban charm combined with its quirky history. There are the famous sights such as the cable cars, the Golden Gate Bridge, and Lombard Street, and the more unusual sights such as the art that continually changes throughout the city. San Francisco is also known for its interesting weather which can be colder in the summer than the fall and is often different from one neighborhood to the next. With its colorful history, San Francisco still has many colorful people and events, and a strong sense of protecting the environment is evident throughout the city. We are lucky enough to visit San Francisco often since we have family there, but it is definitely worth visting even if you don't. If you have the opportunity to visit San Francisco, I'm sure you will take lots of photos and have fun creating scrapbook pages after you return. 

For this page which will serve as an introductory page about our most recent trip, I used photos that are typical of San Francisco: a cable car, Lombard Street, and signs from both Fisherman's Wharf and Ghirardelli Square. I also added a photo taken inside the Ghirardelli chocolate store, a highlight for both of my children. For those of you unfamiliar with the city, this entire set of photos can be taken in a single outing. We took the Powell and Hyde line on the cable car towards Ghiradelli Square, but got off at Lombard Street. Then we got back on another cable car later to finish the ride. After dinner and ice cream in Ghirardelli Square, we took the short walk over to Fisherman's Wharf where one can board the Powell and Mason line back, but we took one of the many other forms of public transportation since the cable car line was too long. I scrapped these photos using the Graphic 45 Steampunk Spells collection because of the combination of gears, which reflect the mechanical nature of the cable cars, and the flowers which coordinate with the flowers up and down Lombard Street. I used one of the many nicknames for the city as my title, and included a famous quote which is attributed to Mark Twain, although it is questionable whether he ever said it. 

Residents of San Francisco are very conscious of eating locally produced food, which is easy with the high-quality fruits and vegetables grown in California. We really enjoyed visiting the farmer's market at the Embarcadero and sampling the local foods. I scrapped a few photos of our visit to the market in this layout using the Graphic 45 Bohemian Bazaar collection.

Golden Gate Park can be easily reached by car or public transportation. There are many things to do in Golden Gate Park including several museums. My favorite is the Japanese Tea Garden. I have wonderul memories of visiting there when I was 9 years old, so I dragged my 9-year-old son there this past summer. He didn't have the same interest in the place, but did enjoy climbing on the bridge, and I was able to get some beautiful photos which I scrapped with the Graphic 45 Bird Song collection.

San Francisco has many wonderful museums to visit. The Exploratorium, shown in this layout, is an interactive science and technology museum which is perfect for children. In case you are wondering about the photo that looks like a toilet, it is actually a water fountain in an exhibit on how we perceive things. I used school- and gear-themed products for my scrapbook page. The title is actually a photo that was taken outside the museum. There was a sign with a hole in it, perfect for taking photos like this. 

There is always something going on in San Francisco. We were there just before the America's Cup sailboat race and got to see some of the qualifying races leading up to the big event. The city of San Francisco set the races in the bay between the Golden Gate and Bay Bridges such that the races were easy to watch from shore. They set up two big parks where people could watch the races live or watch commentary on big screens, and it was open to everyone and free. Although the American's Cup is now over, there are always events, art shows, and concerts in San Francisco which are easily accessible and worth taking advantage of during your visit.

One of the photographic challenges of visting San Fransciso can be getting a picture of the Golden Gate Bridge when it is not in a fog. Several years ago, we were not able to see the bridge during our entire visit and refered to it as the "Golden Gate Fog." Always carry your camera and get the photo of the bridge when you can.


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