Alive and naked at Haight-Ashbury, San Francisco
Monday September 16 2013
Terribly touristy, but a must-do is the hop-on-hop-off bus tour to the Golden Gate Park (on most bus tours this it the so-called “green line”), that will also take you along Alamo Park and through Haight-Ashbury, the neighborhood where the hippies are still alive. This was the home of the famous Jefferson Airplane, The Grateful Dead and Janis Joplin.
The area still maintains its bohemian ambiance, with mainly independent local businesses, a bar named after The Summer of Love (1967), street musicians on every street corner, the smell of marijuana, naked people in the street (haha), stores filled with hippie style clothing and accessories. The Haight is the best place for shopping, if you ask me. To name a few: Betty Page (pin-up style), Ambiance, Goorin Bros hat shop and Mendel’s craft store. Eat a crepe at Crepe Express and browse among the latest books and magazines at The Booksmith. From what I’ve seen of San Francisco, so far this is my favorite neighborhood. Not to stay, but certainly to visit during the day.
Don’t forget to walk along Haight Street all the way to Alamo Park for the most gorgeous houses, called the Painted Ladies: Victorian houses with 3+ exterior colors. Built by Matthew Kavanaugh between 1892 and 1896 for no more than $7000.-, they survived the big earthquake and fire of 1906 (which destroyed over 80% of the city), and are now selling for over $4.000.000,-. Oh, I’ll stop now, I’m starting to sound like one of the entertainers on the bus…
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