||With tree-lined paths
that disappear into the hill, Russian Hill
is simply magical. In the springtime, the scent of jasmine fills the air.
Wild rosemary, thistle, and lavendar also dot the landscape. In spite of
its great views and natural beauty, there's plenty of elbow room here due
to some steep climbs from surrounding neighborhoods. The San Franciscan
has great calf muscles! On Russian Hill, nothing compares with cappuccino
in the garden of a friend at sunset. The back stairways of neighboring buildings
surround these inner gardens in Escher-like
fashion, criss crossing every which way. While any one of Russian Hill's
lush parks and lovely stairway walks would charm an entire neighborhood,
Ina Coolbrith Park is the jewel of
Russian Hill's crown.
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