I arrived in San Francisco Monday, April 11th. The first think I did is to visit Market Street and The Embarcadero. I was so surprised to see a place so vintage. All the buildings, tramways, bus, police cars and fire trucks are so funnier and better looking than in Europe
The second thing that surprised me is the potting mix between Chinese, Vietnamese, Latino, Mexican and American people.
San Francisco is also a very open minded city with a large gay community and street arts in many districts.
Castro is a famous district of San Francisco thanks to the gay community who lives there.
It was in 1957 that the gay community moved to Castro with the political activist Harvey Milk who founded the homosexual organization “Castro Village”.
It was in 1967, with “The Summer of Love”, that Castro emerged as a major hub of the gay community. In 1980, AIDS had devastating effects in the area, since safe sex awareness was very low.
The Castro Theatre is almost the most famous building of the district. It is an historical monument from 1976, that hosts musical comedies and film festivals, which give the opportunity to watch old movies.
Mission District is the oldest district of San Francisco. It was built by the Spanishs in 1791 at the Mission Dolores. It was the evangelization’s centre in the region. Mission still hosts a large Hispanic community. There, we can find a variety of murals. Misiòn San Francisco de Asìs is also one of the oldest buildings in San Francisco.
But Mission is also famous for the street art, there are many kinds of drawings: tags, grafts or paints.
Mission Dolores Park is one of San Francisco’s most popular parks. It is the vibrant heart of its dynamic and culturally diversified neighbourhood. Here you can find lush green lawns shaded by tall palm trees, a soccer field, six tennis courts, one basketball court, a multi-use court, a playground, and two off-leash dogs play areas. Many festivals, performances, and other cultural events are hold here, and on sunny afternoons people flock to the park to play, picnic, lounge, walk their dogs, and enjoy spectacular views of the city’s skyline and beyond.
The Haight-Ashbury is named from the intersection of Haight Street and Ashbury Street. It was the holy land of the hippie movement of the 60s, who succeeded the Beatnik wave that bloom in the North Beach neighbourhood.