Changing Gears: In Praise of Fisherman’s Wharf!

The easiest cliché of life in San Francisco is that everyone, universally, is meant to hate Fisherman’s Wharf. The same people who would happily park themselves on Trafalgar Square in London, tour the Eiffel Tower in Paris, or take gondola rides in Venice look down upon the Wharf as irremediably ‘touristy’. In celebration of whatContinue reading “Changing Gears: In Praise of Fisherman’s Wharf!”

Scenes from a Swimming Pool

When I was in Berlin a few weeks ago, I checked out some of the places my parents were in the late 1960s, including Andrews Barracks and the Army swimming pool where my father was a lifeguard. Of course, this being Germany, the place turned out to have a rather interesting history.

Changing Gears: From SFO to the Sea

On this hike we’ll climb up to the windy ridge where, in 1769, Spanish conquistadores first discovered San Francisco International Airport. Imagine their excitement when they realized they could simply fly back to Mexico City with news of their discovery, the greatest harbor on the West Coast of North America, with connections to dozens ofContinue reading “Changing Gears: From SFO to the Sea”

Berlin and Brecht

We come to the end of my German journey with a wander through the Berlin of Bertolt Brecht, playwright and author of pieces such as “The Threepenny Opera” and “Mother Courage.” He’s perhaps most famous for two quotes, one from a play: “First eat, then morals”, and then much later, as he was in EastContinue reading “Berlin and Brecht”

The Jewish Ghetto in Kraków, 1941-1943

Some pictures from the Schindler Museum and the Jewish Ghetto in Podgórze, Kraków, Poland. Yes, you’ve seen the film. But this strange yet fantastically organized museum, in the original Schindler factory on a road so small you can barely find it, is a revelation. How all three groups lived, fought, and died: Poles, Jews, andContinue reading “The Jewish Ghetto in Kraków, 1941-1943”

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