Monday, 28 April 2014

Streets of San Francisco (pausing for architecture)

See San Francisco on foot.

Yes, it is exciting to hang from a trolley car pole with the wind whipping through your hair but then your eyes are directed out and not necessarily up. And you are busy thinking about your grip and the fast pace of the traffic zooming close to your backside as you lean back to pose for a selfie.

On foot, especially climbing a big steep hill, it is inevitable that you need to stop, gasp, catch your breath and look up. And this is the very best way to take in the gloriousness and detail of San Francisco architecture.

Isn't this the most gorgeous shade of green?

A building with presence. Solid. 

Wild colors seem to accentuate the trim.

The Transamerica Pyramid is the tallest skyscraper in the San Francisco skyline.

Shiny rooftop. A little bling among the buildings.

Black and white stylish chic.

Imposing. Rather grand.

Charming. But not over-the-top.

In San Diego, there are different types of houses.

But there is an abundance of stucco homes with a two-or-three car garage receiving center stage.

Which is why, shortly after moving into our home nineteen years ago, I pulled into the neighbor's driveway, ready to shut off the engine, before I noticed I was at the wrong house.

This would never happen to me in the beautiful streets of San Francisco.

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