August 31, 2010

Dinos in the Desert

Some creatures, it seems, are destined to die out twice. First, we lost our old childhood friend Brontosaurus, who supposedly never existed, then the scientific community banished Triceratops from the table – for merely being a youngster Torosaurus, researchers say. Good to know, then, that there’s a place in the California desert, just outside of Palm Springs, where you can always be sure to find your favorite Mesozoic reptiles, because they’re not real in the first place.

August 30, 2010

At The Wharf

How do you know summer in San Francisco is almost over? The fog is finally leaving, and the tourist crowds in Fisherman’s Wharf are thinning. Best time to come visit...

August 29, 2010

The Gate Rocks!

One of the best spots to enjoy the view of the Golden Gate is at the foot of the bridge, right next to Fort Point - slightly off the beaten tourist path, but well worth the mini detour.

August 28, 2010

Literary Landmark

Few bookstores in the U.S. – or even the world – have a pedigree like San Francisco’s City Lights: This is where “Beatnik” writers like Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg found a home, at a time when no traditional publisher dared to touch what they wrote.

Today, City Lights is both an official San Francisco landmark and a vibrant independent bookstore, located in North Beach. Upstairs, there’s a whole room dedicated to Beatnik poetry.

I had a chance to photograph this icon of literature for the Swiss newspaper Le Temps. You can find a gallery with many more images on my photo website.

August 27, 2010

Sunset Cruise

Team Canoe meets ocean liner at the Golden Gate: While some people need to put a lot of effort into getting ahead, others cruise along, enjoying the view from the sun deck. (And as I’m not one of the lucky ones, there was not much going on here for a while – too many deadlines to meet.)