Pier 39 (Photocentric)

Another favorite place of mine for photo taking in San Francisco is the ever popular (with tourists, at least) Fisherman's Wharf/Pier 39. The place screams tourist, from the Alcatraz Triathlon shirts (Dig, Run, Swim) to the chintzy gift shops. But, I still enjoy going, and remember it as being one of my favorite places to visit as a kid, though my parents hated getting there. Between the traffic and the crazy parking prices it was a pretty stressful and expensive day. The weather at Pier 39 is hit or miss, and changes hourly. The key? dress in layers if you're planning to go.

Today's picture is of the carousel just about in the middle of the pier. I was unaware that it is handcrafted in Italy, and is the only carousel the the U.S. to have renditions of local scenes. I remember liking the stark contrast between the foggy grey day and the bright colors of the ride. It's also not my only carousel photo, which kind of surprised me. I'll be posting the other one later this week.

Goin' Round Fisherman's Wharf

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