Photographer's Note

Welcome. I am back from my trip to San Francisco and Northern California. I had the pleasure to live in Southern California for several years but never got the chance to visit some of the attractions in the north of the state. I have been to SF already but in the pre-digital times so my TE gallery does not show it. This short trip was a chance to fill some gaps in my records.
Now living in Ireland for few years already I got used to the bad weather so much ;) that I take it everywhere I go with me. So I experienced now a cold, windy, rainy, unpleasant and not photogenic weather even in California. Still from time to time sun did appear and I managed to take few photos which I would like to share with you. As I am a postcard collector let me start with one of the most recognizable San Francisco views: Victorian houses at Alamo Square.

Painted ladies is a term used for Victorian and Edwardian houses and buildings painted in three or more colors that embellish or enhance their architectural details. The term was first used for San Francisco Victorian houses by writers Elizabeth Pomada and Michael Larsen in their 1978 book Painted Ladies - San Francisco's Resplendent Victorians. Since then the term has also been used to describe groups of colorful Victorian houses in other American cities, such as the Charles Village neighborhood in Baltimore City, Lafayette Square in St. Louis, Missouri, the greater San Francisco and New Orleans areas, Columbia-Tusculum in Cincinnati and the city of Cape May, New Jersey.

Alamo Square is a residential neighborhood and park in San Francisco, California. A row of Victorian houses facing the park on Steiner Street, known as the "Painted Ladies", are often shown in the foreground of panoramic pictures of the city's downtown area. A number of movies, television shows and commercials have been filmed in or around Alamo Square. The opening sequence of the American sitcom Full House (1987-1995) features a romp in Alamo Square Park with the famous row of Victorians in the background.

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