Real memory or blurred souvenirs … I thoroughly looked for this place on Lombard street. Everybody I was with wondered why I wasted time walking around the area to find this particular doorstep. They probably had forgotten Hitchcock's film, Vertigo. This is where Scotty-James Stewart brings back Madeleine-Kim Novak after she tried to drown herself at the foot of the Golden Gate Bridge. The place is real ! No set in one of Hollywood's movie lots ! The trees have grown since the shooting of the scene but you can almost see the lean figure of Stewart and the white coat of Novak when she drops a note in the mail box. Amazing ! Of course it looks different from what I had in my mind and the reason is the hors-champ, what was eliminated by the camera in the original scene. The hors-champ then became more important than what was originally filmed for the new impression I had at discovering the place. And it sort of dissipated the charm the movie had. Maybe one shouldn't try to lift the mystery of our memories. Now there is a permanent camera filming the intruders trying to drop a note in the mailbox…and there is a note lying on the pavement !