C California Style

Colorful row houses in the Western Addition. PHOTO: Victoria Smith (Chronicle Books, 2015).
Sutro Baths ruins and The Cliff House in The Richmond. PHOTO: Victoria Smith (Chronicle Books, 2015).

Charm City

by C California Style

“I started coming to San Francisco in the foggy summers of the 1960s,


not as a young adult experiencing the lovefests of Haight-Ashbury, but as a curious child and watchful observer. My dad, the traveler in the family, would wake us at the crack of dawn for our summer road trip up the 101 from Los Angeles to San Francisco in our little red VW Bug,” says photographer and blogger Victoria Smith (sfgirlbybay.com).

Twenty years after moving north, her love letter to her adopted hometown, See San Francisco: Through the Lens of SFGirlbyBay (Chronicle Books, $20) is the ultimate insider’s tour, from Hunters Point to North Beach on a beautiful, blue-sky day.