I have tried to think of a better title for this post today, but have failed- no song has come to mind at all! We visited St Juan, California, 4 years ago and loved it so much we just had to come back. First of all it appears thrice as a location in the film Vertigo- Hitchcock- After this blog there will be one more location to share. We visited others 4 years ago and I think that later on in the year I will do a post just about the locations and put them in chronological film order!
St Juan is one of a string of missions established along the California coast line by the Spanish, to spread Christianity. Unfortunately built on the St Andreas fault line and so is at risk of earthquakes at anytime. Indeed there was a devastating earthquake, and so all the buildings have now been made safe.
So the first “Vertigo” locations is the Bell Tower- not quite as it looks in the film as Hitchcock added the bell tower through what was then known to audiences as “trick photography”.
The Plaza Hotel is used for the court scene.Although in “real life” the hotel was not a court at one time there was a plan that it should be.
And finally the stable scene
OK, so that’s it for film locations for now! Now one of my big passions in life is crafts, and this blog is normally about crafts- this last week has been a departure from the norm. What I found is that you can take the gal away from the crafts, but she will always find some! There is a wonderful museum here, full of gorgeous textiles, embroideries and vintage toys, costumes, all depicting the early days of American life!
If you like this sort of thing, then sit back and enjoy the photos!
Only Three More!
the last one!
As always, comments, questions and feedback welcomed! Tomorrow is all about one of my favourite authors, John Steinbeck when we visit Salinas, Monteray and Cannery Row!