This past weekend Douglas and I decided that rather than stay home and watch the same old crap on Sunday night television, we would start a new hobby by picking a new an interesting location somewhere the city once a month, and then explore it on foot…at night!
On this particular evening we chose upper Telegraph hill. We drove out to Levi Plaza and started our walk at the foot of the Greenwich stairs, which leads to upper Montgomery Street. The stairs themselves consist of something like 10 flights…. It’s quite a workout!
The top of the steps puts you out near the Art Deco apartment building that was made famous in the 1947 Bogart and Bacall movie titled “Dark Passage“. The buildings classic 1930s architecture is wonderful.
After checking out the rest of Montgomery St, we continued the climb up to Coit tower. Nice views up there too… both inside and out. After checking out the Diego Rivera inspired murals in the tower, we looped our way back down through North Beach and Chinatown, eventually ending up back down at the Embarcadero where we started. Total miles walked= 3.5 , total time= 2 hours.
By the time we made it back to the car I was really short of breath(I think all the stair climbing did it), but the experience was totally worth it and we hope to do these kinds of walks a regular basis. The whole upper Telegraph hill area is one of my favorite places in the city and is especially beautiful at night when there are no tourists around. If I had a few spare million laying around, Id buy a house up there:-)
Here are some of the scenes from Sunday nights walk. ( Sorry I haven’t figured out yet, how to take good nighttime pics with this cheap camera).