- 00 651 Lombard St, picnic site at Joe DiMaggio Playground
- 02 2366 Leavenworth St
- Fay park. Symmetrical pavilions
- Number of columns in a pavilion
- 8; eight; восемь
- 17 Lombard street between Hyde and Leavenworth
- Find a plaque about 160 year anniversary
- Number of the building right across the street
- 18 Ina Coolbrith park
- NW corner of the park
- Who's corner?
- Поэтов;poets;poet's; поэты
- 19 1020 Vallejo St
- Information sign about the Russian Hill
- Words in quotation marks (in any language)
- Russian-American Company; Russian - American Company; русско-американской кампании; русско - американской кампании;
Historical backgroundFamous Russian writers Ilf and Petrov in the book “Little Golden America” about their cross-country trip across the USA in 1935 say the following about San Francisco: This is the most beautiful city in America, apparently because it is in no way reminiscent of America. Most of its streets rise from hill to hill. An automobile journey through San Francisco looks more like a sideshow tailed “American Mountains”and presents the passenger with a number of strong sensations. Nevertheless, in the centre of the city is a piece which looks like the flattest Leningrad in the world, with its squares and broad avenues. The other parts of San Francisco form a remarkable seashore mixture of Naples and Shanghai. The resemblance to Naples we can certify from personal experience. The Chinese find the resemblance to Shanghai. There are many Chinese in San Francisco. San Francisco is one of those cities, which you will like from the first minute and every day you’ll like it even more”.
Among other things, they describe their meeting with molocan people who were living on a “russian hill” which in fact happened on Potrero hill. There is still a molocan church there today. The majority of the Russian population in San Francisco lives in Richmond district now.
- 21 14 Macondray lane
- Flower composition across the street
- How many pairs of jeans are there?
- 3; три; three
Historical backgroundSan Francisco raconteur Armistead Maupin used Macondray Lane as a primary setting in his famous novel Tales of the City, which later was pictured in tv series.
By the way, blue jeans were invented in 1873 by San Francisco entrepreneur Levi Strauss and tailor Jacob Davis, leading to a clothing revolution in California and beyond.
- 66 906 Broadway
- Hack temple. Announcement on the main door
- They are really what?
- Non-profit; nonprofit
Historical backgroundThe Lady of Guadalupe Church closed in 1991 after membership declined, and it became an English school for Chinese-speaking children. The building received designation as a historical landmark, so the exterior cannot be altered. But the interior is fair game. So it was bought by a russian investor for $7 million and after 3 years & another $10M worth of renovations it reopened in 2017 as Hack temple, an event center and startup accelerator. Hack Temple hosted events like TEDx, Daybreaker and "Twerk du Soleil" themed rave. In 2019, the building was for sale again, a year later the price dropped almost twice and the building is apparently still on market in 2021 for 7.5$ million.
- 67 Havens St
- The dead end of the street. Plate above the bench
- The second word on the plate
- garden; сад
- 101 Riddle
Listen to the song fragment (from 0:42 till 1:42). Find a museum about them. Information about the 1906 earthquake on the front door
- How many companies were there originally?
- 8; eight; восемь
- 102 Riddle
- See image to get the building number. You need a street which is just a block away from its capital. The doors in the north part of the east-facing facade of the building
- The word paired with teaching
- 20 1000 California St
- Entrance to the territory from the park side. Plague next to the entrance.
- What letters form a monogram?
- P, U, C; PUC; P U C; U, P, C; C, P, U; C, U, P; U, C, P; P, C, U;
Historical backgroundIt is one of the most elite clubs in the United States as well as one of the most secret places in San Francisco. By rumors, the rules of the club include "no reporters, no women, absolutely no Democrats". Along with the hotel nearby, it was the only structure in the area to survive the San Francisco earthquake and fire of 1906.
- 08 56 Ross Alley
- Fortune cookie factory. Notes on the main door
- Whom you should not feed?
- голубей; голуби; pigeons
Historical backgroundThat crunchy folded confection that charts your future destiny seems as ubiquitous as chopsticks to modern Chinese dining in America, but you will never find them in China. In fact, fortune cookies were originally Japanese. The Japanese Tea garden in Golden Gate park served fortune tea cakes from Japantown's Benkyodo bakery. The cakes were extremely popular, and Chinese restaurants started buying them too. During World War II nearly the entire Japanese population in San Francisco was rounded up and sent to internment camps. Many Chinese families took over Japanese bakeries when they were shuttered, and soon no one could imagine Сhinese food without fortune cookies.
- 26 Intersection of Broadway and Columbus Ave, NW corner
- Language of the birds artwork
- What word has an exclamation mark at the end?
- Words!; words; слова
Historical backgroundOn the opposite corner of this intersection, on the wall of the building 535 Broadway is a street art by Banksy. It is easier to see from Columbus Avenue.
- 27 600 Montgomery St
- Transamerica Redwood park. Closed on weekend, no need to come inside the park
- What tool is hanging on the redwood tree closest to the park north entrance?
- камера; фонарь; camera; flashlight
If you were standing here in the early 1800s, the water would have been lapping at your feet. The site where the pyramid sits is essentially the former waterfront line before the shallow Yerba Buena Cove was filled in to accommodate the popularity surge during the gold rush.
- 31 540 Broadway
- The Beat museum. Window display outside
- Which word is repeated 3 times?
- Books; книги
Historical backgroundThe Beat Generation was a literary movement started by a group of authors whose work explored and influenced American culture and politics in the post-war era. The central elements of Beat culture are the rejection of standard narrative values, making a spiritual quest, the exploration of American and Eastern religions, the rejection of economic materialism, explicit portrayals of the human condition, experimentation with psychedelic drugs, and sexual liberation and exploration. The term "Beatnik" was coined by Herb Caen of the San Francisco Chronicle in 1958, blending the name of the recent Russian satellite Sputnik and Beat Generation. The core group of Beat Generation authors met in 1944 in and around the Columbia University campus in New York City. Later, in the mid-1950s, the central figures ended up together in San Francisco, where they met and became friends of figures associated with the San Francisco Renaissance. In the 1960s, elements of the expanding Beat movement were incorporated into the hippie and larger counterculture movements.
- 54 649 Jackson St
- San Francisco Chronicle article near the restaurant entrance
- What is written on the bag that the famous person carries?
- thank you; спасибо
Historical backgroundYou can find Chinese food everywhere across America, but here in San Francisco they specialize in dim sum.
- 55 125 Waverly place
- Tin How Temple. A note on the door written by hand in Chinese
- The earliest year on the note
Historical backgroundSan Francisco Chinatown is the oldest in North America and largest outside of Asia. All original buildings were destroyed during the 1906 fire. When Chinese immigrants first made the voyage to "Gold Mountain", the Chinese name for California during the Gold Rush, one of their first missions was to thank the deity who guided them safely across the Pacific. The temple they built to honor the goddess Tin How (also known as Mazu) in 1852 is still in its original location, and is the oldest Taoist temple in America.
- 104 Riddle
- You need a place between 1 and 2 in the center of the pier (wharf). If possible, get to the highest possible level. The closest sign with a street name.
- What surrounds the sign?
Detailed answerPedestrian bridge across Front street between 1 and 2 Embarcadero center. Embarcadero = pier, wharf from Spanish.
Answer: Traffic lights; светофоры
- Traffic lights; светофоры
- 105 Riddle
- Look at the picture. Find the tower. Middle information board at the corner entrance. The board in the middle
- Which movie is mentioned first?
- The godfather; Godfather; Godfather 1; Godfather I; Крёстный отец; Крестный отец; Крёстный отец 1; Крестный отец 1
- 106 Riddle
- On the American map, find the Ultimate Answer to Life, The Universe, and Everything. It will give you the street name. And Constantine's victory over Artabasdos will give you the house number. Plaque on the ground by the entrance
- Earliest date on the plaque
Detailed answerYou need to find the Chinese telephone exchange building on 743 Washington St. Washington State is the 42nd in the USA, and the battle happened in 743.
Answer: 9 января 1847; January 9, 1847
- 9 января 1847; January 9, 1847
- 65 Intersection of Washington st and Embarcadero st
- Info stand
- 3 words before "comes down"
- freeway to nowhere
Historical backgroundSan Franciscans wince at the memory of Embarcadero Freeway. It was gray as a prison, ugly as sin. It was completed in 1959 and for decades it ran along the bayfront effectively concealing much of the Ferry Building from the rest of the city. The 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake damaged the elevated freeway and the city decided to demolish it instead of repairing.
- 05 Rincon park
- Cupid's span sculpture. Plaque with the sculpture name
- Gift to whom?
- the city; city; город; городу
- 52 1 Ferry building
- Ferry building marketplace. The departures timetable closest to the El Parteno shop
- What is the mosaic creature on the wall to the left of the timetable?
- Краб; crab; dungeness crab
- 57 201 Spear St
- Photographer sculpture in the park nearby
- Name of the sculpture
- 58 77 Steuart St
- San Francisco Railway museum. Furthest window from the entrance. Route description in the lower part of the window.
- Largest in the world what? (3 words)
- open swimming pool; открытый плавательный бассейн
Historical backgroundIn the early 1980s in San Francisco, like in many other cities of the world, streetcars were considered an outdated means of transportation. Streetcar lines were closing. When the subway started running under Market street, the streetcar line was no longer needed.
This new technology progress was celebrated at the San Francisco Historic Trolley Festival. It used historic streetcars from several different countries, as well as a number of preserved San Francisco cars. The impetus behind the Trolley Festival was also that the city's famed cable car system, one of its biggest tourist attractions, was scheduled to be closed for more than a year and a half for renovation, starting in September 1982. The Trolley Festival was conceived as a temporary substitute tourist attraction during the cable car system's closure. However, its popularity was such that it was repeated in subsequent years, gradually expanded to additional months of the year, and even operated seven days a week in 1985. Each season, a few additional streetcars joined the festival fleet, adding variety and helping to maintain tourist interest.
The five seasons of Historic Trolley Festival operation helped to establish strong public and business support for the proposed full-time F-line streetcar service (an all-day, daily, year-round service) that ultimately came to fruition in 1995.
In 2000 the line extended two times and soon a second line was opened. The tickets for this type of transport cost only 2.50 dollars, just like on any other muni service in the city.
- 59 Pier 7
- The further end of the pier. Unusual recycling container.
- What is it intended for? (2 words)
- рыболовная леска; fishing line; рыболовной лески
Historical backgroundOn October 17 1989, at 5:04 p.m., the Loma Prieta earthquake (magnitude 6.9) shook with such violent force it tore the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge in two. As usual, the bridge was very busy at that time as everyone was getting home from work. The section of the upper deck of the eastern truss portion of the bridge collapsed onto the deck below
The bridge was restored in a month, but the decision was made to do major seismic retrofitting of both western and eastern parts of the bridge. Eventually it became clear that it will be cheaper to replace the eastern part completely.
The span replacement took place between 2002 and 2013, and is the most expensive public works project in California history, with a final price tag of $6.5 billion, a 2,500% cost overrun from the original estimate of $250 million. Originally scheduled to open in 2007, several problems delayed the opening until September 2, 2013. Inside the structure, 20 massive 6-feet-tall fuses will shift with the
bridge to ensure that not only will it not collapse, but it will be back up and running quickly to allow medical and emergency personnel to get resources to either side of the Bay quickly.
With a width of 258.33 ft (78.74 m), comprising 10 general-purpose lanes, it is the world's widest bridge according to Guinness World Records.
- 61 Intersection of Ecker and Market streets
- How many times are you warned to not stand on rocks?
- 4; four; четыре
- 103 Riddle
Watch the video. Come the place where the concert took place
- How many squares does the road through the fountain consists of?
Detailed answerThe concert took place on Embarcadero plaza. You need Vaillancourt Fountain
Answer: 31; тридцать одной; тридцать одна; thirty one; trirty-one
- 31; тридцать одной; тридцать одна; thirty one; trirty-one
- 107 Riddle
- See picture. The intersection of the original shoreline 1848 and Market street. Tablet with a map on the ground
- How many times the word "of" is written on the tablet?
Detailed answerYou need intersection of Market and Bush streets. The tablet is located on the Bush street next to the Mechanics Monument Plaza.
Answer: 5; five; пять
- 5; five; пять
Historical backgroundEvery day thousands of passengers on underground streetcars (lines N, T and K) in San Francisco pass through the hull of a 19th-century ship without knowing it. Likewise, thousands of pedestrians walk unawares over dozens of old ships buried beneath the streets of the city’s financial district.
In 1848, when news of the Gold Rush began spreading, people were so desperate to get to California that all sorts of dubious vessels were pressed into service. On arrival, there was no point in going back, ship captains and their crew were eager to try their luck in the gold fields. The ships weren’t necessarily abandoned—often a keeper was hired to keep an eye on them, but they languished and began to deteriorate. A few ships were sunk intentionally. Then as now, real estate was a hot commodity in San Francisco, but the laws at the time had a few more loopholes. You could sink a ship and claim the land under it. You could even pay someone to tow your ship into position and sink it for you. Then, as landfill covered the cove, you’d eventually end up with a piece of prime real estate.
- 63 555 Mission St
- Sculpture garden. Human structures installation
- How many humans does the installation consist of?
- 62; sixty two; sixty-two; шестьдесят два