By Lee Foster
(Author’s Note: Amazon has now released the ebook version of my SF Travel & Photo Guide at http://amzn.to/2qS9QtG. Other major ebook vendors, such as B&N and Apple, will carry the ebook title soon. The ebook parallels my app on this subject available from Apple http://apple.co/2ow44IC and Google http://bit.ly/2o9sWKJ.)
Foster selects the most interesting subjects in 10 areas of San Francisco, such as Fisherman’s Wharf or Golden Gate Park. He includes a few subjects also from North in Marin County, East to Oakland and Berkeley, and South to the San Mateo Coast and Stanford. Additionally, he groups subjects thematically by special interest, such as Culture/Museums and Nature/Hikes. Everything can be seen from a clickable Table of Contents outline by area and special interest subject. All the sections are then shown in an easily understood “SF A-Z” order.
For each subject, Foster presents a succinct write-up on why the subject was selected, based on his watching over the area for 40 years. Foster provides all the practical details you might want for a visit, such as a phone, exact address (for easy map search), and website for more information.
A noted travel photographer, Foster also offers a Your Best Shot paragraph for each subject, assisting you to get the objective photo and the selfie that will make your visit to the subject memorable. Almost everyone visiting San Francisco will want to create and share some of their own photos. Lee can help make the photo quest successful.
Within each subject presented, there are numerous details that only an experienced observer can accumulate. For example, “What time of day would be best for a visit to Baker Beach, with its views of the Golden Gate?” Answer: Afternoon from 3 p.m. until sunset, you’ll see the western-positioned sun fall on the Bridge. Sometimes you’ll want to know the precise location where a special experience and photo are possible. For instance, “Where exactly should I stand to get that fabulous view of old North Beach, the Coppola Building, with the Transamerica Pyramid in the background, showing SF Old and New?” Answer: Exactly at the corner of Kearny and Columbus on the uphill side. Another question: “Where is that park where you can see the Victorians with the city skyline in the background?” Answer: That’s Alamo Square, a great place for a picnic.
The Author: Lee Foster
Lee is an award-winning travel writer and photographer and long-time resident of Berkeley, across the Bay from San Francisco. His work has won eight Lowell Thomas Awards, the highest awards in travel journalism. He has been named Lowell Thomas Travel Journalist of the Year. All the write-ups and photos here are from Foster.
He has several parallel books/ebooks on San Francisco and Northern California. You can see them on his Amazon Author Page (http://amzn.to/1jl9Lnz) and in independent bookstores (http://www.indiebound.org/).
Much of his travel journalism can be seen on his website at http://www.fostertravel.com. About half of the 300 worldwide travel writing/photo coverages on the website are about San Francisco and Northern California. The others range from Egypt to Bali. You can Search for a SF/Norcal subject or worldwide subject and find his presentations, all available for free on the website.
Lee’s travel writing/photos have appeared in all the major U.S. travel magazines and newspapers, plus in more than 300 Lonely Planet travel books. You can see his digitally ready photos at http://stockphotos.fostertravel.com. Most of his licensing of photos occurs to major magazines and book companies, from the local AAA Via to National Geographic. Foster also offers an inexpensive Personal Publishing secure license for individuals who simply want a photo for their blog, website, book, or wall décor.
Contact Lee at [email protected] if you have any suggestions on SF/Norcal travel and this presentation. New aspects for all these travel subjects emerge. Your experience, whether good or bad, is helpful to Foster as he continues to evaluate what should be in this select list.
Foster believes that few areas have done more than SF/Norcal to preserve the environment or improve the basics of travel, including attractions/dining/lodging.
SF/Norcal ranks as his favorite place on Earth. The more he has seen of the world, the more he appreciates his home territory. He hopes that this presentation makes your own exploration more enjoyable and insightful.