Reviews & News & Testimonials

North Beach tour guide builds on her own unique experiences at center of neighborhood’s idyllic 70’s

– San Francisco SeniorBeat
Read full article here

Blandina gives a fabulous tour for sure!  She is a walking treasure trove on this community and San Francisco in general.  I have lived and/or hung out in this neighborhood for over 40 years.  Yet I learned many new little bits of history on Blandina’s walking tour.  It is both informative, interactive, engaging, and above all, entertaining.  I know when my niece and her family comes to visit, I am definitely going to send them on this tour.  I’ll probably come along too!  If you want a bit of history about one of the most iconic neighborhoods in San Francisco, do try this tour.

– Bobbi Evans

I’ve been active in the local artistic and political scene for 20 years. When the Telegraph Hill Dwellers asked for an in-depth tour, I recommended Blandina Farley, by far the best tour guide North Beach/Telegraph Hill has ever had. Our small, intimate group of locals walked the neighborhood we thought we knew so well, learning so much more about it! Kudos to Blandina Farley, a local artist/historian/cultural icon herself!

– Judy Irving

producer/director, The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill
board member, Telegraph Hill Dwellers 

Nobody knows and loves San Francisco and North Beach like Blandina Farley.

Blandina has been doing for years out of kindness and a deep intellectual curiosity. Her curiosity drives her to meet new people and compelled her to learn more about the history, culture and beauty of our city than anyone I know. 

Who better to introduce the “Cool Grey City of Love” than someone who loves the City herself? Blandina is the person you want as a neighbor. She is the person you hope to meet wherever you travel– a person who for pride of place wants to listen and know you as much as she wants to show you the best eateries, monuments and byways San Francisco has to offer. 

Blandina gives her time to helping those in need. I’ve worked with her as a volunteer at Sts. Peter and Paul Church, one of the City’s most stunningly beautiful monuments, located right here in North Beach. With other North Beach-ers, we bring food, clothing, blankets and hope to those in need. Blandina is a person who knows both the City’s memorable places and the memorable characters and personalities that make it so unique. Blandina herself is a person of character and integrity. Her tour of North Beach is something you should not miss and will never forget.  

Marc Bruno

The North Beach Library Tour: “Blandina did a wonderful, fun tour of the neighborhood for us. She was knowledgeable, engaging and fun. The group had a great time. The 3-hour tour went by fast. We wanted more!”