San Francisco

San Francisco is situated in California and has about 750 000 inhabitants, incl. suburbs 3,3 million inhabitants. San Francisco is situated by the San Francisco-bay and just above the San Andreas Fault, in an earthquake area. The city is vary hilly, and many of the hills ar 250-300 meters. The best known structure in San Franciscos is the Golden Gate bridge. San Francisco was earlier the homeport to the Navy's Pacific Fleet.

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The Cable Cars are characteristic for San Francisco's street scene On this picture a cable car is manually turned around on a turntable at the terminus

The driving force behind the San Francisco cable car system came from a man who witnessed a horrible accident on a typically damp summer day in 1869.

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Andrew Smith Hallidie saw the toll slippery grades could extract when a horse- drawn streetcar slid backwards under its heavy load. The steep slope with wet cobblestones and a heavily weighted vehicle combined to drag five horses to their deaths. Although such a sight would stun anyone, Hallidie and his partners had the know-how to do something about the problem.

The solution was Cable Cars and the first one was tested in August 1873

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A view from a cable Car aginst the San Francisco bay

In the middle of the picture yopu can get a glimpse of the island where Alcatraz is.

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The streets of San Francisco are long and straight and forms a right-angled check pattern

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Alcatraz was one of United States' most USA's worst  prisons. It was a federal prison. Now it's a tourist trap.

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The cells were in a very bad condition

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There are a total of 43 hills within city limits of San Francisco. Some of the streets are very precipitous and zigzaging downhill. Here are cars negotiating Lombard Street to descend Russian Hill

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Golden Gate Park is the largest urban park in San Francisco. The picture shows one of the entrances to the Japanese Tea Garden, which is a part of the Golden Gate Park. This garden is the oldest public Japanese garden in the United States. 

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San Francisco Chinatown is the largest chinatown outside of Asia

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The Sea Lions have taken over a marina that held boats and moved in to the floating landing stages of Pier 39 in Fisherman's Wharf.

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In Fisherman's Wharf you could see many different varieties of performances like this. These jugglers were very skilful with their burning torches. I can assure you that the man in the middle didn't move a finger.

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You could suddenly be "attacked" by clowns.

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The Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco's best known landmark.

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The San Francisco - Oakland Bridge is another welknown landmark. This bridge i 7 km long and was once the longest bridge in the world.