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Cycles of History, San Francisco

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Address: 518 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110-1115
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Walk: "Murals, Italians. Food and Trash"

I've lived in - and studied the history of - SF for a million years yet found this tour totally fascinating. A feast of hidden history - artistic, political (apparently the 8-hr... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed November 24, 2015
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San Francisco, California

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 24, 2015

I've lived in - and studied the history of - SF for a million years yet found this tour totally fascinating. A feast of hidden history - artistic, political (apparently the 8-hr work day originated here), maritime, even horticultural. The tour's leaders are very active in contemporary SF - they care deeply and their enthusiasm is contagious. A great resource... More 

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San Francisco, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 6, 2015

What a fascinating, and fun, time this turned out to be. The history presented was provocative, the scenery stunning, and company pleasant. Mixed together with the dynamism of cruising around on our bikes, we'd gladly check out another tour in the future. In fact, we plan to!

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 4, 2015

This was the second bike tour I've done conducted by Chris Carlsson -- one in San Francisco, tied to SEASON OF THE WITCH, and now the Colma tour on Day of the Dead, and they were both excellent. Each tour was a mixture of interesting locations, fascinating historical tidbits, and gave great historical context with a progressive political sensibility. Chris... More 

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Hayward, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 2, 2015

Chris gave us an awesome, detail-filled, and captivating introduction to four of Colma's historic cemeteries by bike, focusing especially on the history of San Francisco, the removal from SF to Colma of SF's historic cemeteries in the early 20th century, and the famous folks buried whose graves we were visiting. Really something no amateur historian--or curious person looking for a... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 23, 2015

We thoroughly enjoyed the Food Politics Tour. Chris and LisaRuth are teeming with interesting stories and anecdotes, not to mention amazing snacks along the way. From the early history of "eggers" and the Farallone Islands to the emergence of victory and community gardens. From Del Monte and food processing history to understanding the rise and fall of the People's Food... More 

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Oakland, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 22, 2015

I often wander how hard and often a tree might laugh as it watches human events ironically unfold beneath its branches. This tour captures some of that long perspective on the city of San Francisco through the lens of food. The more you know the more you see. Its really quiet exhilarating to learn about what people were doing right... More 

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Oakland, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 22, 2015

This bike tour roams all over the city, looking at the history and politics of food from the City's founding to today. Chris and LisaRuth's knowledge of the city is astounding. Their stories are fascinating. This is much more than a "food tour" -- its about the deep political, economic, racial, and cultural forces that shape San Francisco, seen through... More 

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 8, 2015

This was a fantastic tour which took us places we may not have found otherwise, as well as being incredibly informative.

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Santa Cruz, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 13, 2014

The guide was incredibly knowledgable about a variety of aspects of SF history. Fascinating tour, I highly recommend it for tourists and locals alike.

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San Francisco, CA, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 18, 2014

A great way to see San Francisco's ecological history! Chris Carlsson takes us to a number of sites I might not have noticed and weaves them into the larger story of how San Francisco has been radically altered by 3 centuries of intense development, tearing down sand dunes and hills and filling in waterways and the huge Mission Bay. Of... More 

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From burritos to bicyclists, the Mission is the foundation for all things hip in the city. Cultural attractions, an independent arts community, sumptuous street murals and a high density of bars and cafes make this neighborhood a magnet for young people. While terrific inexpensive food is abundant, its top-of-the-line restaurants now compete with the city’s best for fashionable diners. Indulge as the locals do by heading to Mission Dolores Park, buy some ice cream, and savor one of the most diverse neighborhoods in the country.
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