Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Painted Ladies

They said that the Painted Ladies is one of the “must see” sites in San Francisco. So we thought why should we miss it when we were so close to it.
These Victorian era structures got their nickname because of the number of colours used to decorate their exteriors. Frankly speaking I was not taken in by what I saw.

I found the surroundings more interesting. Like the park in front of it. Liked this water fountain with spouts at different levels to suit all age groups.

This guy in the park was engrossed in his creative work.

He chose this spot as he had a good view of the city.

There were these dog walkers who were enjoying a sun bath while the dogs basked and frolicked with each other.

One of them decided to take a stroll all by himself. He too (like me) was not impressed by the “painted Ladies” as he was walking in the opposite direction.

We were back on the main road.

While we waited for the “Big Bus”, the change over conductor (who was also waiting for the bus) gave us some tips about how to travel in the Hop on Hop off Bus.

Graffities on the wall break the monotony of the plain walls.

Some 45 RPM records in a shop window. About four decades ago this area thrived when the Hippie culture was in full swing.

Noticed this eating joint

And a few shops next to it was another one.

Lombardia Street had some lovely houses.

The tiles on the roof of the house. Even though they were decorative, they reflected the light well to give a good contrast against the green leaves.

I found these combination standpipes at the entrance of many buildings. These standpipe systems are designed to deliver a prescribed amount of water at a prescribed pressure to the top most outlet. This one was well polished.
Ending this post with this lovely house which I managed to frame and click when the vehicle stopped momentorily.


  1. Like that view of the city from the park.- Charles

  2. Hello Haddock

    Tanks for your comment on my blog....i appreciate that very much.

    This post is also nice ....i like pictures very much.

    Greetings from Holland, Joop

  3. you found much of interet to me, all of these are great, the last one is my favorite and the of the polished pipes... thanks for stopping by my post and the scarecrows were real ones used to decorated in the lobby of a rehab facility. i took the photo and then made it into the painting in Photo shop

  4. I enjoyed your photos very much. If you would like to see some truly colorful 'painted ladies', visit Rainbow Row if you are ever in Charleston, South Carolina.

  5. I think the charm of the 'ladies' are the architectural details. I'd prefer to visit Alcatraz, I like old abandoned buildings.

  6. Love San Francisco and the Painted Ladies and the Park ... great pictures

  7. Thanks for leaving a comment on my blog Haddock. I rather like the Painted Ladies. I've never been to San Francisco and now I learned about this landmark. Your photos are beautiful.

  8. those are very cool homes and i like their nickname. :) i'd never make it as a dog-walker. not coordinated enough! :)

  9. I haven't been to San Francisco since the early 70's. It was fun to see pictures of it again. Loved the pic of the pooch taking off on his own walk. Thanks for commenting on my blog. I look forward to following along on your adventures.

  10. Lovely pictures of San Francisco! Thank you for visiting my blog :)

  11. Love the Painted Ladies. But i am not sure they are comfortable to live in, for I think they would have very narrow rooms inside, plus they are too expensive also. It just looks nice from outside, good for photographs.
    So, you seem to be globe trotting, where to next?

  12. Nice photos! I'd love to visit there someday. The park looks beautiful.

  13. The painted ladies .. Aren't these the houses that were in full house? Glad to know you enjoyed the lovely day out joe (minus the disappointment of the painted ladies). The park looks so nice..must be great for the dogs to run around freely :)

  14. Thank you for stopping by my blog. Your country the India.
    Un I love hug, Rosa Maria

  15. What a wonderful tour once again of a beautiful City. I love San Francisco and the painted ladies. The view of the City is amazing! thank you for sharing!!!

  16. I just popped over from Keith's Optimistic Existentialist blog.
    Love your blog.
    Rick, your latest follower.

  17. Hello,
    Funny shots!!
    Nice to see that fantastic view over the city.

    Many greetings,

  18. If you're still so close then you should certainly see lol ... Very nice and colorful photo series :-)

    Greetings, Helma

  19. San Francisco is one of my favorite places to visit! I enjoyed seeing your photos and thoughts on it.

  20. I applaud you for looking into the real pulse of the city, rather than just the highlighted tourist sights. Overall, would you recommend San Francisco as a vacation spot? We were considering going there this summer.

    1. Oh yes Katherine its one of those "must see places" on the west coast.
      If you go through my earlier posts you can read about SF.

  21. Great place to visit, would love to go.

  22. Hi!!!.. I answer your question .. The background was dark in contrast to the white swan .. I Underexposure the image.. Thanks for sharing.. Cheers..

  23. Each city is evolving into a new city and the old city is being neglected. I like the photos you have posted in this blog.

  24. The Painted Ladies reminds me of being in Cape May, New Jersey, were there is a series of Victorian houses that match. It's an interesting little town, void of chain hotels and chain fast food restaurants. maybe youi'll visit the town on your next US tour. :)

    I enjoyed these photos... actually, all or your travel photos!

  25. These pictures are beautiful! Can't wait to see more!!

  26. Hope to see you posting again soon. Always enjoy your pictures. John

  27. looks like not just Painted Ladies, there s lot more

  28. Stopping by to say Hi and say I have missed your posts!