Thursday, January 22, 2009

Alfred Hitchcock looking from San Francisco to Sausalito

After the Turks were defeated in Battle outside Vienna,Austria,
they abandoned their supplies, camels and
livestock. One of the exotic supplies left behind was
coffee beans. A Polish man recognized them from his
Middle Eastern travels and opened Vienna's
first coffee house in 1683


The photo above is from a book called:
Footsteps In The Fog, about AH and his work
in the Bay Area which is where I am
from and left over 13 yrs ago.

Thanks so much to DCD @
Noirish City
who kindly sent me a copy of this
really informative and fun book!
Her blog is all things film noir.
There's a lot of information and many links
to check out when time allows.
She also was a Blog of Note recently.
Congratulations on that too!!!



tut-tut said...

Lots to look at over there; thanks!

mouse (aka kimy) said...

and I love the title of the book...footsteps in the fog....

bARE-eYED sUN said...

i visited SF ten years ago. i fell in love with it at the time. i've always meant to return, maybe soon i will.

a tour guide commented that it was prohibitively expensive to live in the city proper and that many of the locals had moved to the outskirts. she said that she was grateful for the tourists because that is where most of the workers got their income.

little did i realize back then that this would become a trend at major cities.

NYC proper has become a park themed after old NY, and only the well-to-do can afford to live there. already New Yorkers born and bred are feeling the economic pressure to move farther away than the boroughs.

i don't know why i'm telling you all this. what i really wanted was to thank you for reminding me of that lovely city by the bay. thanks.


Ruth said...

So, türk kahvesi became Viennese coffee, wow.

Tess Kincaid said...

I'm ordering it from my library right now...

Megan said...

I think I've stood there.

I'm ordering that book for someone. She is going to really, really like it. Thanks, CM!

Coffee Messiah said...

t & t: Sadly, like many of us, there's time to work, and time to play. She seems to be in work mode right now ; (

kimy: Hitchcock to be sure ; )

bare-eyedsun: Hey Thanks for that. No problem and appreciate your candor. I grew up in SF and we then moved to Daly City, south of SF along the coast. I've always lived in the bay area until moving here, but lived in Sausalito for 9 yrs before here. Everywhere is expensive and I must say, growing up in SF and seeing it grow from the 50s to now, it was an amazing life experience, which we all have when we grow up, in one way or another.
Thanks also for stopping by and taking the time to comment ; ) Cheers!

ruth: The journey of coffee, like spices, salt etc, made an amazing journey, didn't it? !

willow: It covers so many aspects of his film shooting, not only in the bay area, but up and down the coast also ; )

megan: It also covers Bodega Bay, Santa Rosa and south of SF ; )

Candie said...

Love Hitchcock.
Concerning San Francisco,it's always been a city I would like to visit,along with New York and New Orleans.I wish I will see them in this lifetime.
Thank you for your comment on my blog and thanks to share a lot with all.

Kurt said...

Strangely, I miss California more than I miss SF.

R.L. Bourges said...

San Francisco is one of the places I'd love to see again. Twenty years ago already? Yikes!

Noirish looks like a great blog. Looking forward to a stroll down its mean alleys soon :-)

Luuuuuuv the song.

And the Hitchcock book? Yes, well, one more for the day I find extra minutes hidden inside every hour, maybe...


Dakota Bear said...


Thank you for stopping by my site. You are so right that older books are not being read and appreciated today. I grew up reading books and that's how I was able to travel all over the world using my imagination. Now, I am able to actually go and visit many of the places I had read and dreamed about.

I had the good fortune of being in SF last May for the first time. I was there to attend a weekend book retreat. I got to see the bridge and take great pictures of it. NYC is about two hours away, so I've spent a good deal of time there during my lifetime.

I follow your site and very much enjoy what I see.

Reya Mellicker said...

I left San Francisco just a little over ten years ago. It's so hard not to leave your heart there, isn't it?

Where did you grow up? In the city?

Coffee Messiah said...

cb: Hello and Thanks ; )

kurt: I don't miss Ca as much as I miss the Bay Area ; )

rlb: Yes, there's so much going on around us and really, so little time.

dakota bear: It's a beautiful area but a bit expensive, especially compared to out here. I miss the diversity though!

reya: I was born in the Letterman Hospital at the Presidio, which was finally torn down I believe in the 80s. We lived above Alemany Blvd where an old White Front or USE store was and then moved to Daly City in one of the original "Little Boxes" that Malvina Reynolds wrote the song about.

Ténèbres à la lumière... said...

Hi! C.M.,
(and to your readers)
At first, I didn't plan to say, you're very welcome! to C.M.,in public, but I changed my mind and decided to say, You're very welcome! C.M.,..
dcd ;-)
C.M. said,"She also was a Blog of Note recently.
Congratulations on that too!!!"
Once again,
Thank-you! C.M., I'am very "humbled"

Coffee Messiah said...

dcd: Thanks once again! ; )

Squirrel said...

I'm coming back tomorrow morning to read this post with my morning espresso-- can't believe I missed it somehow.

Coffee Messiah said...

squirrel: I posted more this week than usual is probably all.....