Tag Archives: San Francisco

MM 3-50 Take Me Out to the Ballgame

Our Irish cousins visited us in the Spring of 2008 and they asked us if they could experience a bit of our American Culture by attending a major league baseball game. So we rode on BART from Castro Valley to … Continue reading

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A Walk in San Francisco’s Presidio

A few days after our return home from Barcelona last Fall I drove across the Bay Bridge to have lunch with my siblings and a cousin and their respective spouses at the Presidio Café in the clubhouse of the Presidio … Continue reading

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Missions in Monochrome: San Francisco’s Mission Dolores

A Spanish soldier named Jose Joaquin Moraga and a Spanish priest named Francisco Palou founded Mission San Francisco de Asis on June 29, 1776, a week before John Hancock and others signed the Declaration of Independence three thousand miles away. … Continue reading

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San Francisco’s St. Mary’s Cathedral

The Cathedral of St Mary of the Assumption sits atop a hill on the corner of Geary Blvd and Gough St now called Cathedral Hill. It is the city’s third Catholic cathedral. The first, now called Old St Mary’s, was … Continue reading

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San Francisco’s Palace of Fine Arts

The Palace of Fine Arts was built in 1915 for San Francisco’s world’s fair, officially called the Panama Pacific International Exposition in honor of the opening of the Panama Canal in August 1914. All of the buildings of the fair … Continue reading

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The Palace and the Bridge

The California Palace of the Legion of Honor is a replica of the Palais de la Légion d’Honneur in Paris and was completed on Armistice Day, 1924. It stands in the middle of a golf course on San Francisco’s Lands … Continue reading

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Visiting High School Classmates in Belgium

It was my first day in my Sophomore year in high school and we were being seated alphabetically (more or less) and I found myself sitting behind a slender blonde kid named George DeCat. I got to see the back … Continue reading

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My Brother-in-law’s Italian Heritage

I grew up in San Francisco in the Irish Catholic tradition. Both of my parents and most of my relatives were Irish Catholics. The church where we worshiped and the school we attended was mostly Irish Catholic. As we transitioned … Continue reading

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Our Five Favorite Walks — Number Five: San Francisco

I grew up in San Francisco and walked all over town during my first 24 years. Then I moved across the Bay. But I still go on my favorite San Francisco walk at least once a year — when I … Continue reading

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My German Heritage, Part Four — The Second Elise

My great grandparents William H Theler and Emma Belduke were married in San Francisco in 1875 and by 1880 were living in a boarding house on O’Farrell Street in the Tenderloin. Their first daughter, Grace, was born on April 21, … Continue reading

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