Streets of the World
Written On November 1, 2017
Most of us have a favourite street. Maybe it’s the street we grew up on, or the street we live on now. Maybe it’s a particularly beautiful tree-lined avenue or a charming cobblestone boulevard we visited while travelling.
Some of the most famous examples of unique and unforgettable streets have been made popular by films and TV shows, while others are well known for their impressive natural features or historic significance. Here are some of our favourites:
Steiner Street, San Francisco, United States
You’ll recognize this street if you have watched Full House or Mrs. Doubtfire. Built on one of San Francisco’s typical inclines, this street features a row of pastel-coloured Victorian and Edwardian homes built between 1892 and 1896 that is affectionately referred to as “Postcard Row.” Postcard Row is just one of the many collections of brightly-coloured houses referred to as “Painted Ladies” that define San Francisco’s characteristic style.
Cherry Blossom Avenue, Bonn, Germany
Located in the Nordstadt neighborhood of Bonn, “Cherry Blossom Avenue” is home to several Japanese ornamental cherry blossom trees that boast soft pink blossoms every spring. Planted in the 1980s, these trees have enjoyed years of admiration by locals and tourists alike.
Champs-Élysées, Paris, France
This famous avenue runs 1.9 kilometers between two Parisian landmarks in the 8th Arrondissement: Place de la Concorde and Arc de Triomphe. Constructed in 1667, The Champs-Élysées was initially a grand promenade lined with elm trees and manicured flowerbeds designed to be part of the Tuileries Gardens. Only later did it become the public, lively, and iconic street it is today.
Bregagh Road, Ballymoney, Northern Ireland
Commonly known as the “Dark Hedges”, Bregagh Road is lined with gnarled and majestic beech trees that form a distinctive canopy. Planted in the late eighteenth century by a notable Irish family called the Stuarts, the trees welcomed visitors to their grand and luxurious estate. Legend has it that a member of the original Stuart family, now referred to as “The Grey Lady”, still haunts the Dark Hedges at night. Ethereal and cinematic, Bregagh Road is frequently featured on HBO’s Game of Thrones.
Architectural Digest has compiled a list of these beautiful streets and several more. You can read the article and browse the inspiring photographs here: https://www.architecturaldigest.com/gallery/most-beautiful-streets-in-the-world
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