Recently I was chatting with people about what it's like to live in San Francisco, especially about moving here after living many years in a suburb.
Our conversation took many twists and turns, and one thing caught the fancy of several people: the labyrinths in San Francisco.
Labyrinths date back to Greek and Roman times, with the "Classical" design (no dead ends or branches) emerging as one we most often see today. The ones I know in San Francisco are set into pavement, or outlined with stones on packed earth. They provide a good focus for meditation and fostering a feeling of calm.
A few of the ones I've visited:
Located outside of Grace Cathedral, at the top of Nob Hill. There's another labyrinth inside the cathedral. You can read more about the labyrinths of Grace Cathedral
Outside of California Pacific Medical Center, on Buchanan Street in Pacific Heights, San Francisco. (Photo taken on a rainy night, complete with puddles.)
Beloved by many, this labyrinth is reached from the hiking trail near Land's End in San Francisco. Spectacular setting, in sun or fog.
When you live in San Francisco, you'll soon discover treats like these labyrinths and many more scattered around The City. Easy to visit, you'll soon have your favorite, a place where you'll return again and again.