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Itchy Feed keeps a Wandering …

♫ Are you going to San Francisco…

… be sure to wear some flowers in your hair …

Ah yes, that beautiful song by Scott McKenzie.

The Hippie Movement has always intrigued me. The flower children advocating peace and love, dressing differently and creating a new form of ‘psychedelic’ music which literally changed cultures and lifestyles for the young, all over the world. I think I would have happily been a hippie but unfortunately was born in the wrong place, at the wrong time.

Oh well, no harm then visiting the site where early hippies hung out and began their love trips. (Better late than Never.)

Haight-Ashbury ~ where it all began

When the influx of young ones, also known as Hippies, began growing for their Summer of Love event, Haight-Ashbury soon became known as “Hashbury”. Even today, it is so appropriate and in my humble opinion, it’s a very sweet nickname. 😆

The scent/aroma was just there! It made me wonder if I would feel the effect of the second-hand smoke (not that I’m complaining).

Jimi Hendrix lived at 1524 Haight Street

It would have been a bonus if some ‘smoke shop’ had played Jimi Hendrix’s Purple Haze while I strolled by.
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San Francisco ~ Chinatown

How can I possibly not visit one of the oldest Chinatowns (which can be traced to have begun around the mid 1850’s) in the USA?

I wasn’t sure if one is supposed to begin one’s exploration via the entrance or simply walk through using many of its mini-sidestreets.

The “entrance” to Chinatown.

We roamed the steep gradient streets and found the official entrance which had the slogan  天下为公 (read from right to left) meaning The World is for All and decided to re-do our walk-in.

We were greeted by several of our primate ancestors’ effigies so I decided to capture a photo of one, simply as a reminder.

Me and my Gorri

Apart from the usual touristy shops, what captured my attention was the street wall-art. No matter which Chinatown one visits, wall art will always pertain to Chinese astronomy, religion and movie celebrities.

Chinese Zodiac Animals

Luke Dragon and a touch of Black History

Lord Buddha and Bruce Lee

The late Kung-fu celebrity Bruce Lee was born in San Francisco in the year of the Dragon, which is how he ended with the screen name 李小龍 or Little Dragon Lee. Thus, many of the images I saw of Bruce Lee had dragons for company.

A few hours of walking got us hungry, so did we settle for Americanized Chinese takeaway? Korean-Sushi cafe food?  We (at least I did) wanted real Chinese food with no substitutes or toned-down versions, hence a mini food hunt began …

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San Francisco

We had booked our air ticket much earlier in 2017; then came Hurricane Irma with her wrecking ball. Oh well, if Mother Nature can destroy, she can also re-create, right? Let her have her way. No reason to change our travel plans.

In the meantime, sadly, she decided to destroy parts of our vacation venue as well. Our 1st stop out of Florida was San Francisco. In the news for many days was the devastating wild fire that swept Napa, Sonoma & Mendocino counties.

We smelt the smoke & saw the haze ~ a sad sight indeed.

Scene of haze taken while I rode on the BART (Bay Area Transport Service)

Visits to the (burning) vineyards and wineries were out, so on to the next iconic site of San Francisco ~ The Golden Gate Bridge.

Part of what was visible of the Golden Gate Bridge,

A sad scene …

Consolation: Not many visitors get to see the Golden Gate Bridge clouded in smoke, fog maybe, but not whiffy smoke, right?

Alcatraz Island

Alcatraz (sometimes called The Rock) – made famous by the movie Escape from Alcatraz, starring Clint Eastwood as Frank Lee Morris – also grimly stood in the haze.

The prison that housed some famous inmates.

OK, enough of scenes in the Bay area and their sad state.
Time to move inland …

 

 

 

 

A Great Wall

I just thought I’d share a couple of photos of this great picturesque wall of a house I saw, along one of the coastal roads, in Cape Cod ~ of Cedar Shingles and Lobster Floats.

Simply Eye-catching!

Pretty Lobster Floats

 

Meeting venue (without agenda) of Chairpersons

You come in hungry,
you take your seat; you eat.
You finish, stand, sigh happily…
then it catches you eye and
you stop to scrutinize and read.

Sorry, no red-carpet either, but by golly, I’d happily hold a chow-down meeting there again if I’m in the area.

The carpet is definitely not red.

Cape Cod ~ Chatham to Provincetown (Pt 2)

Nauset Lighthouse icon of Cape Cod potato chips.

The Lighthouses of Cape Cod are so famous that they even have their own iconic brand of Potato Chips!
So how can I not visit Lighthouses while there?
They were a must to see.
(BTW, those chips are delicious!  especially with some cold beer ~ this is not an advertisement & I get no commission 😀 )

The Chatham Lighthouse had a tour for school children when we were there so they also had a US Coast Guard vessel on display.

Children touring the US Coast Guard vessel.

The Lighthouse also functions by day, showing its slow constant timed flash.

The Chatham Lighthouse

The Lighthouse Tower.

The Highland Lighthouse, Cape Cod’s 1st lighthouse, was built in 1857. It was actually moved 453ft further inland away from a cliff.
Today, the moved Lightouse still functions, operated by the US Coast Guards, and if interested, you can read more of its history here.

The view from the parking lot.

Its profile taken from the cliff.

For afar I took a shot of the Woodend Light but unfortunately we did not have enough time to seek it out to explore further.

Woodend Light

 

Cape Cod ~ Chatham to Provincetown (Pt 1)

It’s still Spring (June 21 is the 1st day of Summer) and the northern hemisphere is supposed to be slowly warming up but it suddenly got warmer than usual in the short time when we were up in Cape Cod, yes, we were caught in a heatwave, a tropical heatwave… (like the Ella Fitzgerald song goes).

Nevertheless, we explored Provincetown and Chatham.
I found the buildings and little streets simply beautiful and filled with history and took some photos to share.

The Frying Pan Gallery

Door color matching road lines ~ strikingly charming.

Meeting House & Preschool (sideview)

The Front of the Meeting House & Preschool

Little street shops ~ see Ice Cream & Fudge? 😛

Self-explanatory…

The Public Library – set up in 1895.

Old cart-wheel and driftwood furniture ~ probably an artist lives here.

Street serenity – no large buses, no bumper to bumper, no smog.

House with a garden (& path), right along the main road.

Another main road house with arty décor and a beautiful garden.

Restored old Fire Comfort Station, 189 Commercial St., Provincetown.

A side street with beautiful cedar-shingle buildings.

I kept wondering, while walking the streets and absorbing the beauty … when Summer and Fall ends, what does Winter bring?

A Mennonite

This is the 1st time that I have set eyes on a Mennonite.
I walked about 4 feet behind 2 ladies going to the washroom. I studied their head-wear or kapp and realised it’s a very finely handstitched bonnet-of-sort. It is a beautiful art piece (in my humble opinion).
We even said “hello” and exchanged smiles.

The Kapp

I have chosen not to use photos which show facial features but I actually like their dress style very much. Simple and comfortable.

Simple pleats

Airy long sleeves