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Vertigo- the film locations

Hitchcock used real locations in San Francisco and California. We have had two wonderful holidays in California and visited all the locations we could source. here they are and in order…

Action begins in San Francisco

Outside Madelaine’s apartment


Recognize where Madelaine’s car is parked- if you want to visit it’s near the Mark Hopkins in San Francisco

Here’s the Mission Delores


And here is inside the Mission


Scotty goes from the back to the front and exits through a door on the right

Here the graveyard at the Mission- Carlotta’s grave is not there…


Next we have the Legion of Honour- where Carlotta’s picture is( not there really)


Madelaine parks her car just near the Arch. I don’t have a photo from inside, but the gallery is clearly recognizable, so do go in. You will recognise the genuine pictures from the film. (NB Carlotta’s house was pulled down, but it too was real!)

Next is the scene under Golden Gate, by Fort Point- bear in mind when Madelaine falls into the sea Hitchcock uses a swimming pool..

Coit Tower is used  by Hitchcock to indicate… well use your imagination… but can be seen through the window of Scotty’s apartment. I took this shot from near the crooked street..Lombard St


The film action now leaves San Francisco- and shows some giant trees- no idea where Hitchcock filmed, but here are the Sequoia trees in the National Sequoia Park.


Big hey- I love them.

Then there is the scene by the coast, and we all know what sea is meant to represent.. We didn’t find the exact spot, but here is a Cyprus tree which could be the place- photoed on the 17 mile drive to Pebble Beach


San Juan Batista is the location for Madelaine’s “suicide- here’s the stable scene.


here’s a bit more of the horse- still in the stable.


The bell tower doesn’t exist, but the chapel does..

And finally the Plaza Hotel provided the setting for the court scene and inquest.

Hope you enjoyed the tour of the film locations- we certainly loved the visits and holidays!




St Juan Baptiste-Vertigo Locations and a textile fest!

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!




California Dreams….and a bit of Arizona!

It is great to be back home… We had a fantastic trip and my head is brimming with images, people, places, scenery, new experiences,thoughts, ideas, creativity. It has been a simply wonderful experience The jet lag has set in, there are two suitcases of washing to do and normal life awaits, but I can’t wait anymore to start writing about this trip!

Four years ago we visited San Fransisco, Yosemite and Lake Tahoe. We only had ten days and vowed to come back for longer. Unfortunately Eric got cancer, but after treatment made a full recovery and we started saving for the trip! Both of us have milestone birthdays this year- he has already passed the day, mine is still to come, so it seemed right that this should be the year for this adventure.

So our first port of call was San Fransisco. Last time we came we had bought an outfit for the then baby Master H from Macy’s so it was only right and proper to buy one for Master T this time. So we began with coffee in Union Square and the trip to Macy’s.


Eric loves the film Vertigo  which Hitchcock filmed in California to show case the state. We had visited most of the locations on our first visit- this time the plan was to visit the remaining ones. So the next stop was to the Legion of Honor. A lovely art gallery- with rather a nice Monet- waterlillies.


For Vertigo fans- we found the pillars from which Madelaine is seen gazing at the picture of Carlotta, but there is no such portrait!

No visit to any city is complete without a great deal of pavement (sidewalks- I gather pavement means road in the US) pounding, and oh boy are the streets in San Fransisco something else!


See what I mean. These first three pictures were taken by Eric, on his new birthday present. The rest are taken by me on a slightly inferior camera but one that meets my needs. Anyway off we go again.

Last we visited this row of houses called the Painted Ladies and loved them so much we just had to come back. They are so pretty, and by the time we got there the infamous fog had lifted and the sun was shining and people were out with their dogs, and sitting on the grass and just chilling!


Eric is also just a tad obsessed with the Golden Gate bridge and one thing we really wanted to do was to take a boat trip round the Bay and under the bridge. So here we are waiting to go.


And here is the Bridge, the fog descended just after the trip began, and this is the best photo I took!


Now as it happens I quite liked the fog, because whilst there is a fog there is also a fog horn which makes a rather a mournful noise and is rather atmospheric. Don’t worry Eric says I am weird too if that’s what you are thinking.

The trip round the Bay takes you to Alcatraz ( we went there last time, and it was a pretty amazing place and I would not have liked to be there)


And San Fransisco looks so very lovely from the sea, can you imagine what it must have been like to be so close and so far away, if incarcerated in Alcatraz- apparently the inmates could hear the noises from the city.


And so the boat goes to Golden Gate Bridge and under it and round back again, and this is my best closer up picture.


And finally it is back to Fisherman’s Wharf and Pier 39, where we delighted to find that there were still these guys in residence- we had heard they had gone and we were so thrilled to see them here.


And of course the sun had come out again


I didn’t actually take this picture, but it is my camera. Anyway the sun was out again and the sea looked just perfect.



And so it was onto the next stage of our adventure- The Road Trip. And as we collect the car from the airport ( cheaper from the airport rather than in town—Why?) Eric says it has always been his ambition to drive over Golden Gate Bridge- WHY? I said he was a tad obsessed didn’t I? What he didn’t realise was that first it entailed driving through San Fransisco-


AAAGH! Scary or what! And so onto the bridge and over! And then the sat nav sets in- now we could have had a car with one fitted but Eric has downloaded a free one to his phone. There was a really good reason why MaryLou was free- she gets lost, and where did she get lost for the first time- coming over the bridge, and what does she do, but gets us back on the Bridge going back into the city. But Marylou is a resourceful  satnav lady and after we have paid the toll ( you only pay in one direction) she takes us through the Golden Gate car park and up onto the Bridge again- so yup that’s right we drove it 3 TIMES.


And so we were finally on our way.

PS Eric says he doesn’t need to drive over the Golden Gate Bridge any more.

to be continued…

Love to have any comments or questions, which I will reply to.




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