Filbert steps in San Francisco – Travel Photo Mondays
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Do you love to take hidden walks or back streets to very popular cities to see something different from the typical tourist destinations? If so, come and take this walk with me today down the Filbert Steps in the North Beach area – it’s a small neighborhood with little Victorian homes, community gardens and spectacular views of the San Francisco Bay.
Starting from the top, we are at the famous Coit Tower landmark so we can admire the views to the city and the entire Bay Area. Typically the scenery of the city and San Francisco bay is beautiful, but today it’s mostly hazy with cloudy skies and limited views. Oh well, it’s still nice, but we’ll have to come back another time when the weather is clearer.
Just to the left side of Coit Tower is the entry to the Filbert Steps. It starts to descend quickly into lush forested areas that you wouldn’t expect to find in a very dense and urban environment like San Francisco.
We keep descending down more stairs and the forest clears to a neighborhood with Victorian homes and small gardens adjoining the steps. It seems like everything is starting to bloom all at the same time in the gardens – a very colorful scene with the roses, annuals, vines and even flowering trees sending out cascades of blooms in every direction.
Don’t you just love to explore back streets like this and not knowing what you’ll see next? It’s as if you were walking unexpectedly into someone’s private garden, which in this case, you are actually climbing down some public stairs and looking into these private gardens. What a surprise to find something like this especially when all this springtime beauty greets you – it’s so far removed from all the tourists and tourist traps around the city.
Community gardens on Filbert Steps
The tour just gets better as we descend further down the Filbert Steps into some community gardens with stunning views of the bay and city. It must be wonderful to see a sunrise or sunset along with views to these gardens and San Francisco Bay. Ah yes, location, location, location – this is what prime real estate property looks like – and for those of us that cannot afford to live here, it’s just as nice to get a glimpse of this idyllic place and lifestyle.
The community gardens are lovingly maintained by local neighbors that want to grow and enjoy flowers and even plant some fruit and vegetables from the garden. What a better way to hang out with your neighbors enjoying something fun and connected to nature even especially in an urban environment.
Well that was a fun tour, don’t you think? Now that we are finally close to the bottom of the steps and the next decision is a tough one, should we walk up all those the steps back to Coit Tower or just take a taxi to the next destination….hmm what do you do in this situation?
I hope you enjoyed this tour of Coit Tower and the Filbert Steps in San Francisco, a not so discovered spot among San Francisco’s many tourist attractions. This is my contribution for Travel Photo Mondays, please do check out the other links below for more travel posts and pictures.
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