Zig Zag


Lombard Street is an east–west street in San Francisco, California. It is famous for having a steep, one-block section that consists of eight tight hairpin turns. Taken from Coit Tower.

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I have lived in the UK for most of my life, but when young I definitely had wanderlust and even ended up living in South Africa for several years which was a wonderful experience. I now look forward to a long and leisurely retirement doing what I like most - gardening, photography, walking and travelling.

51 thoughts on “Zig Zag”

        1. Mine’s sadly not 😦 Woke up with a burst blood vessel so I look as though I have had a really heavy night on the town!

  1. Fun choice, Jude. 🙂 I thought of this street when I saw the prompt too but like you said if I have a photo it is pre-digital and that means scanner…

    1. Oh, one day I will have to get my photos out and scan those that are worth scanning, but before that I MUST catalogue my digital photos, and I have far too many of those already! I need to be ruthless!

  2. Great photo. The street is better in one’s imagination than reality ( “is that all there is??”) but maybe that’s because I’m used to mountains and long-g switchbacks.

    My stepson and family are in SF as we speak! I hope they are having fun. It’s one of our BEST cities!

    1. I must admit that when I first saw it I did wonder ‘is that all it is?’ because I have driven up some hairy switchback’s in my time, over a longer distance granted, but much scarier with steep drops off to the side. How they can call this the world’s steepest is beyond me. But then you Americans have such lo…ong straight freeways I suppose SF is a little scary. It is a lovely city, though I kinda fell out of love with it on my last visit 😦

      1. What a talented writer and photographer you are.

        Scott macKenzie’s song was a siren call for me, and I still stop whatever I’m doing when I hear it because it transports me to such a magical place. I got to partially live my hippy dream, and eventually you will read about it (yawn).

        I have visited The coastal cities and small towns and driven PCH many times. I would never want to live there but love my visits.

        Ironic that you say you kind if fell out of love on last visit. I hope you will tell me about it. I spent yesterday steeped in musing about a place I lived, loved and left because I fell out of love. Now trying to find a new way to love it again. Yet another musing for eventual posts (double yawn).

        1. The SF post is in 4 pages. My last visit is on page 4 so you need to click on each page to follow the story 🙂

          I’d love to hear about the place you loved and lived and left…

  3. PS Now that you steered me back to your California series, I want to read more prior posts. It’s so hard, with so many favorite bloggers, to know I’ve missed some compelling posts!! Thanks for giving me the CA link and feel free to sneak in links to other prior posts.

    1. It’s a shame isn’t it that older posts don’t get visited. I did reblog a couple of my old road trips (South Africa) as I hardly had any visitors to my blog then. Sometimes I do try and slip a link in if I feel it is relevant to the comment on a post. Glad you approve 🙂

    1. It is, but I don’t recall them using this road in it! Some of the ones close by though. Not a city I’d want to drive in – even parking on the streets you have to turn your wheels in or out depending on the slope!

        1. Apparently it was Fillmore Street, between Broadway and Vallejo Street. You can only really photograph that tiered look from the bay. I tried from a boat, but didn’t get a decent shot as we were too far out. I have walked some of those hills though and can confirm they are a killer on the calf and thigh muscles!!! What looks like a short distance on a map becomes a lot further because you go up and down and up and down and travel one block!
          San Francisco

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