“The coldest winter I ever spent was a summer in San Francisco”
― Mark Twain

Now that I have finished my summer travels, I have time to relive my experiences through the pictures that I was able to capture.  My first trip of the summer was a family vacation to California.  We started our week-long adventure in

San Fransisco.  I have already written one post about Alcatraz and one about the Golden Gate Bridge.  If you did not get a chance to see those posts, you can view them here:  Alcatraz  and Golden Gate Bridge

My family and I were not as prepared as we should have been for how cold it is in June in San Fransisco.  Luckily, we had some long pants and jackets with us.  They came in quite handy.  It was twenty degrees cooler in San Fransisco than the other places we visited in California that week.

One of the things that we did to give us an overview of the city was to take one of the double-decker bus tours.  I found this to be a wonderful thing to do as it gave us an overview of the city, some history,  and took us by places that we made a note to revisit on our own to further investigate.

During the bus ride, I enjoyed photographing the light as it danced across the buildings.

Afternoon Reflections

San Fransisco has the oldest Chinatown in North America.  After driving through Chinatown on our bus tour, we ventured back on our own to shop and photograph.


One of our favorite places to visit during our stay was Fisherman’s Wharf.  There was so much color to be found there.  We also found some delicious lobster rolls to enjoy along the way.

Splash of Color

Pier 39 was a wonderful spot early in the morning.   We went specifically to see the sea lions.  You can view a live webcam of the sea lions at Pier 39 here.  When we were there, the sea lions were not very active.

Sea Lions

One of our last stops while in San Fransisco was Lombard Street.  It was easy to see why many refer to Lombard Street as the crookedest street in the world.  It is challenging to drive on Lombard Street.  It is also extremely challenging to photograph.

Lombard Street

If you arrive early in the morning, you can get a photograph of the street without cars and people.  Since hydrangeas are my favorite flowers, I loved the beauty of this street!

If you get a chance to visit San Francisco, I highly recommend the bus tour to get an overview.  Then find the spots you want to revisit for a closer look.





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Mary Presson Roberts
Mary Presson Roberts

I am a travel and fine art photographer living and working in the Carolinas. My camera has taken me to places I never would have experienced and to people I never would have met. Photography has truly changed my life! Using my blog, I hope to share the joys of both travel and photography.

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    Very nice Mary, I have only been to San Francisco once for a short while but you caught the city, or parts of it, well.

    1. Mary Presson Roberts

      Thank you, kindly, Pete!

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    They’re all great, but I think my favorites are “Chinatown” and “Splash of Color”. The latter is like Rainbow Row for boats!

    1. Mary Presson Roberts

      Thank you, sweet friend!

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    I always enjoy your adventures! We visited San Francisco in July several years ago! Wore sweatshirts that we bought while sightseeing because, unlike you, we were NOT prepared! ❤

    1. Mary Presson Roberts

      Thank you, Frances! We still couldn’t believe how cold it was!

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    Stunning photos Mary, you are an amazing photographer.

    1. Mary Presson Roberts

      Thank you, Michelle, for your incredibly kind words!

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