Every block is a short story, every hill a novel.

I’ve been researching what others have said about San Francisco lately and keep coming across the most wonderful quotes. After a visit to the Cable Car Museum this weekend I was looking for something to inspire a fun title for my blog post and came across one of my favorite SF quotes yet courtesy of Pulitzer Prize winner William Saroyan: “San Francisco itself is art…. every block is a short story, every hill a novel. Every home a poem, every dweller within immortal.

This couldn’t capture more perfectly how I feel about the city. I can sense each story under my feet and all around me. When it comes to the cable cars I mean this quite literally. All day and night I can hear the hum of the cables outside my window, after dark this is punctuated by the delighted squeals of tourists as they rumble down the hill that we’re on the peak of. The museum is just a few blocks from us. I’ve walked by it dozens of times on my way to some other poem or novel. On Sunday we decided to head down the steep steep hill with it as our destination. It was finally its turn to share a story.

You don’t need long for a visit here, just about half an hour or so, so it would work well in combination with a visit to nearby Chinatown or North Beach. The top floor gives some history about the city in general and the cable car system in particular. Head downstairs to see the actual cables in action underground through the basement viewing windows.

Riding the cable cars is pretty fun under any circumstances but it takes on a little something special after a visit to this cute little Nob Hill institution. Free but donations are welcome.



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