Spotted SF / North Beach / Filbert Street Steps

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Sometimes when I need a little escape, I find my way past Coit Tower and venture down the lush wooden walkway known as the Filbert Street Steps. Especially  on a weekday when the crowds have dissipated, a stroll past some of the city’s oldest Victorian-era cottages and private gardens does wonders for the soul sometimes.  And the sight and sound of the wild green parrots that come here to perch is quite entertaining, too. You can thank former Napier Lane resident Grace Marchant for clearing this once trash-filled path back in 1949 and planting what has become one of San Francisco’s most gorgeous garden oases.