A few of the characters in my book spend some time in Pacific Heights, and even though I lived there myself for a couple of years, I wanted to brush up on the details. So I drove over to the neighborhood today and grabbed a few shots with my iPhone.

I love the architecture there, the sense of elegance and old-world grandeur. Many of the buildings are festooned with curliques and scalloped edges, painted over so many times their surfaces look as thick as cake frosting.