Francisco: City on the Bay
Pola Rosen, Ed.D.
Francisco holds great visual appeal: its hills and architecture
combine the gracious curves of the past with the edges of the
present and everywhere, the sense that all streets lead to the
For family travel, San Francisco holds the interest of every age
group. The main public library, is not only a repository of great
books, CDs, state-of-the-art computers, but also one of the grand
architectural feats of the city. A sense of openness greets you
as you enter the great hall topped by a huge atrium. Open steel
balconies surround each floor and look down onto the great hall.
On to the Museum of Photography featuring an extensive exhibit
of women by Annie Leibowitz, which began with a photograph of
her mother in upstate New York and went on to Hillary Clinton
and Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, among others.
The Exploratorium is an exceptional hands-on children’s museum
that is closest in feeling to the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia.
Crawling in tunnels, seeing for yourself how things work, makes
the world come alive for children.
A visit to San Francisco is not complete without seeing the sea
lions at Fisherman’s Wharf. The din is remarkable as the heavy
seals vie for position and jostle each other, guarding their space
on the wooden platform, while they bark into the air and at each
Along the bay, boats are leaving for Alcatraz, one of the most
popular trips in San Francisco. To avoid disappointment, make
a reservation a week in advance. The island has a school that
educated the children of the guards, that still stands. The original
cells are there, and you can enclose yourself in one to feel what
it must be like to be shut away from the world. Alcatraz is now
part of the National Park Service; the guided tours by rangers
are comprehensive and enjoyable.#
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