My first day in San Francisco started in The Castro where I paid obligatory homage to the center of the homo universe then jumped on the Muni Metro and headed downtown.
I walked for about four hours along this improvised 7-mile route that took me through the Financial District, Union Square, Chinatown, Jackson Square Historic District, Telegraph Hill and North Beach.
Here are some of the highlights.The 17-story atrium inside the Hyatt Regency at the foot of Market Street.
The glass-domed Garden Court in the Palace Hotel, which replaced the original building that burned down in the wake of the 1906 earthquake.
The Transamerica Pyramid.Window shopping in Chinatown.
Along The Embarcadero.
Climbing up Greenwich Steps on the way to Coit Tower on the top of Telegraph Hill.
Christopher Columbus keeps watch in front of Coit Tower.The inside of the tower is filled with WPA murals glorifying the working class.
The Golden Gate bridge bathed in silver shadows cast by the late afternoon sun.