What books do YOU consult when you''re planning a vacation? The well-known travel series -- Frommer''s, Baedeker''s, Fodor''s, Lonely Planet and others -- have lots to offer in terms of where to stay, where to eat, what places to visit, and where to shop. They''re great for tourists, but don''t give travellers much sense of the soul of their destination. In this excellent series, TRAVELERS'' TALES, the editors have compiled the best travel writing from periodicals and (in some cases) books, bringing together articles that could easily be overlooked to paint a richer and fuller portrait than ordinary tourbooks do. If you want to know more about San Francisco than Fisherman''s Wharf, Golden Gate Park and Telegraph Hill, have a look through the essays here, many of which were penned by current or former residents, and all of which are beautifully written. Ranging from the lyrical (textual hymns to Ocean Beach and the Sutro Baths) to the frightening (rollerblading after dark on SF''s suicidal hills?!) these articles give a well-rounded look at the REAL San Francisco.
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