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10 Jack Kerouac Alley

Jack Kerouac Alley

Jack Kerouac Alley
This little alleyway here connects North Beach to Chinatown and it's named Jack Kerouac Alley after the author who lived in San Francisco when he was writing On The Road and some of his other works and who was a frequent visitor of The Vesuvio Cafe on this side of the alleyway and also The City Lights Bookstore on that side. [music] When you walk through the alleyway, be sure to keep looking to the floor because there are some interesting quotations embedded in the sidewalk. On this half of the alley it's mostly English quotations, and on the Chinatown half there are some Chinese quotations with English translations. So here, for example, you've got one from John Steinbeck. Another one from Ella Wilcox here, "Love lights more fires than hate extinguishes." Very true. And right in the center of the alleyway here, we've got one from Jack Kerouac himself. And this one's written in a spiral so you've got to turn around to read this one. "The air was soft, the stars so fine, the promise of every cobbled alley so great." Sounds like Storytrail.
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The City Lights Bookstore

10 The City Lights Bookstore

The City Lights Bookstore

The Vesuvio

The Vesuvio

The Vesuvio

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