Oct. 13th, 2013 07:54 pm
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The Mission District is named for Mission Dolores, the historic site that sits just two blocks from where I live. Mission Dolores was built and founded in 1776 by Father Francisco Palou - sidekick to the famous Father Junipero Serra. (Serra himself was down south in San Diego at the time, dealing with problems in the mission there.) The mission marked the northernmost extent of the Spanish missions in Alta California.

The Mission District is bounded, roughly, by 14th Street to the north, Army Street (Cesar Chavez) to the south, Sanchez on the west, and Potrero on the east. I live near the north-western corner, just north of Mission Dolores and around the corner from the Church Street Muni underground station.

The Mission is a great place to explore, and I went for a walk this afternoon. The weather was beautiful, clear and cool. I headed down toward 20th and Alabama, where I rent an art studio that mostly serves as a storage room. Down there, it's quiet and there are leafy trees leaving their leaves on the street. It smells like autumn. (Closer to where I live - in the hipster territory around Dolores Park and Valencia - another aroma is more common.)

Working downtown, I'd gotten in the habit of heading up to Church Street - away from the Mission - to catch the Muni downtown. My visits with TNG took me in that direction too, so I lost the habit of exploring the Mission. Today was a good chance to catch up.

I headed back home up along 16th Street and stopped for some very spicy, very tasty veggie curry at Pakwan. It really hit the spot.
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Tel Aviv

Oct. 28th, 2012 09:32 pm
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This is your classic Tel Aviv picture. About 70 percent of the city looks like this: crumbling Bauhaus. I find it both repellent and irresistible.
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Instant pictures, SX-70 style!

Apparently in some quarters this qualifies me as a "hipster":

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I'm back to posting on Flickr.


During my recent visit to Israel, I had the chance to make the trip from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem a few times. This began with the trip from my hotel to the main bus station, which is in south-central Tel Aviv. I could have taken a taxi but I preferred to walk; the walk took me south on Allenby street, and I recorded some of the sights. Those pictures are in the group titled "South on Allenby".


Back Home

Nov. 17th, 2011 11:13 am
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I'm back in San Francisco after 2 weeks in Israel. I stayed in Tel Aviv and visited Jerusalem. Lots of pictures to post. I'm especially fond of the ones I took on Allenby Street, heading into southern Tel Aviv on the way to the bus station.

Here's a first look:

I'll crop these later to get rid of that time-and-date notation. Stay tuned for the whole batch.
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I'm moving away from posting on Flickr (and don't get me started about Yahoo). There's a really nice European-based service called 23 (http://www.23hq.com/) that I've been signed up with for several months. You can visit my 23 page here:

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... from my time in Turkey. That was around 1985-1987. Also visited Israel during that time.



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