Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Walking to Coit Tower and the Parrots of Telegraph Hill

After strolling through Chinatown, we continued across a small slice of Little Italy and up, up, up toward Coit Tower. We've been doing a LOT of walking and my muscles were feeling it. There sure are lots of hills in San Francisco, in case you were not aware of that fact. :)
People were out enjoying the sunshine in the park.

Coit Tower--we're getting closer! The tower was built as a tribute to Lillie Hitchcock Coit, quite an unusual woman in San Francisco's history. Read about her here.

More steps to climb
Looking back on the city

The view on the way up

Walking and more walking!

Some views from the top of the tower

Lombard Street--"the crookedest street in the world."


Sara and Rich

We left the tower and took a different trail back down. We kept hearing lots of birds and wondered if the sounds were coming from the famous parrots of Telegraph Hill. As we climbed down some steps, sure enough, we spied a whole slew of the brightly colored birds. If you are not familiar with them, you can read about them by clicking here.

Rich and I were both shooting photo after photo with two different cameras but here are just a few. The parrots were so cute! They were flying around, playing with each other and perching on the trees above us. Then they all took off and landed on another tree further down, where we were able to get more pictures of them sitting in a big group together.

After oohing and ahhing over the parrots for a bit, we walked down to the Ferry Building and wandered around since Sara had never been there. Then we caught the bus back to our hotel to rest our weary feet. Another fun day!


Anonymous said...

Jane did you ever read the "Tales of the City"series by Armistead Maupin? It is set in SF...-Lynn

Gigi said...

No, but will look for it! Thanks!