Dan Welyk Calgary Realtor® Since 1999

There Is No Substitute for Experience.

San Francisco - My New Favourite US City

This past July my wife and I decided to go on a little vacation to San Francisco.  I never really had much desire to visit this city not knowing much about it aside from the hippie movement and the 1906 earthquake and fires.

After touring around and learning a great deal of this city's history, I gained a huge respect for what it has to offer.
I took over 1000 pictures (not kidding) when I was there, only sharing a small batch here.  I found myself snapping pictures of almost everything as so much intrigued  me.
First is a view from our hotel room  at the Fairmont on Knobb Hill over looking Fisherman's Wharf and Alcatraz.  The hotel itself is like a museum - it's truly amazing.  
Here is a picture of the main foyer.  When you see pictures after the earthquake and fires - these pillars are still standing.
main hotel foyer
 One of the most incredible things to see is how homes are built into the cliffs (and on top of each other).
homes built into the clifs

Amazing architecture everywhere.  I was in awe. 
amazing architecture

Was fascinated by the trolley cars around Fisherman's Wharf.  Everyone talks about cable cars…I thought these were super cool!
trolley cars

And a picture of Alcatraz as the fog rolls in at sunset.  The silhouette reminded me of a battleship.  

Up in the Haight and Ashbury area, the homes are amazing.  This one is a favourite of mine.
homes in ashbury area

One of the most surprising things was how chilly it is.  One would think, "going to California, bring shorts!" …well, bring sweaters and pants to SFO.  The fog rolls in and out of the city encompassing the Golden Gate Bridge.  
Here is an awesome pic of me ;)
Dan in San Francisco

Walking the bridge had to be done - here a vertical shot up one of the towers.
san francisco bridge

You always hear about the hills in San Francisco.  Well, nothing quite describes it like actually being there.  Amazingly steep.  I think driving there with a stick shift would be a serious challenge.
steep roads in san francisco

I had never been in a helicopter before so my wife treated me to a heli-tour for my birthday.  Here is a picture of the famous Lombard Street from the air.
view from scenic helicopter tour
This clock tower was in so many old pictures of the city from the early 1900's.  Incredible to see it up close, thought it was gorgeous.  (Almost equally impressive was my camera taking a night shot of it :)
San Francisco clock tower at night

And finally, one of my favourite apartment buildings.  If you enjoy history and architecture - San Fransisco is definitely a place to visit.  Definitely will be going back again.
one of my favorite San Francisco apartments
What's your favorite city? Let me know in comments below.


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Dan Welyk

Dan Welyk has been a Licensed Real Estate Professional since 1999 and has grown up in the Real Estate Industry. FindNewDigs.com brings home buyer's and home owners together to find useful information, tools and ideas.


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