B and I took a walking tour of San Francisco's Alamo Square through San Francisco's City Guides, a non profit organization that offers free walking tours all around the city. It's a terrific service. It's a great way to see the city and get out and about for two hours.
Alamo Square is just west of City Hall. It's a residential, four-city block neighborhood and park in the Western Addition. It sits on top of a hill overlooking much of San Francisco, with a number of large and architecturally distinctive houses throughout the neighborhood.
This is Ken, our guide. He was fantastic. He's also a friend and former workmate of mine. Ken's been leading tours for awhile. He started our tour with a San Francisco architecture 101 lesson. He taught us about Italianate, Queen Anne, Edwardian, Victorian and other types of architecture, all of which can be seen here in Alamo Square.
Here are just a few of the many beautiful houses you'll find on tour.
And of course it wouldn't be San Francisco without a little graffiti here and there.
Alamo Square Seafood Grill is a quaint restaurant offering a variety of great seafood options.
I've driven by this sweet bed and breakfast, The Chateau Tivoli, a hundred times and never noticed it. The manager let us in and gave us a sneak peak of this historic landmark.
Look at how ornate the exterior architecture is.
Only to be matched by the interior's ornate molding, chandelier, and furniture.
The dining room looked ready for quite a feast.
In the heart of Alamo Square is its beautiful park.
Alamo means poplar in Spanish. You're looking at a row of poplars here.
Amidst the trees is a peak of City Hall's beautiful gold dome.
What a beautiful city view. What a beautiful city. There's the Transamerica Building stretching high amidst the blue sky.
We finished the day with a picture in front of the famous Painted Ladies, the row of multi-colored Victorian houses on Steiner Street. It's a must-see on the San Francisco tour. These houses were part of the opening scene of the sitcom Full House. The Painted Ladies were the backdrop for our Christmas card this past year.
Thanks, Ken, for a wonderful tour. We highly recommend the tour, especially when you're conducting it.