Let’s hope decorative stairs are a trend in San Francisco! I love decorative stairs. Why not make something benign in to an art installation? Why not attract people to something interesting like this? And if anyone will do it San Francisco will do it! Thanks to a local school’s efforts and lots of donations we have another wonderful example of decorative stairs. I posted about the 16th Avenue Mosaic Stairs a while back. I think the 16th avenue stairs win the contest only because they are taller, they sparkle in the sunshine, and they tell a story. These however, are lovely and interesting, and are flanked by some lovely trees overlooking the beautiful Lincoln Park. The steps can be found at Lincoln Park @ the California Street dead end. Have a walk up and stroll to the Legion of Honor for lunch at the café and some world class art.
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Paris has been on my mind as is often the case when the weather is nice and the flowers are out. I was sorting through photos looking for something else and came across Picasso. I realized I never posted on my visit to the Musée Picasso in Paris. So bare with me while we re-visit Paris for a Master worthy of mention.
This sculpture is perfection
Interesting 80’s coloring for a nude
It’s amazing to me to be so close to something created by this master
What a beautiful building to put Picasso
This apple is probably one of my favorite objects
He must have had a heck of a sense of humor
So much art by Picasso. It is amazing how prolific he was.
This museum is certainly worth a visit the earlier the better to avoid the crowds. The variety of art on display is impressive; sculpture both large and small, paintings, sketches, metal, clay, pencil, chalk. Be sure to take in the outdoor garden which has multiple large sculptures on display. It’s amazing for an artist to master one form let alone so very many of them at such a scale.
This is the perfect place to stop to either get out of the Paris heat or the Paris cold depending on when you are in town!
What’s your favorite piece of his artwork?
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I have posted about Golden Gate Park in San Francisco before but there is even more to talk about. The California Academy of Sciences is a world class science center which proves entertaining for adults and children. I was visiting the sites nearby and had a few hours to kill and thought it would be a fun stop. It’s been a few years since I last visited and the dinosaurs were visiting this time around!
One of my favorite features is the living roof which is reminiscent of a hobbit house being bulbous with port hole windows. From the roof one can see 360 degree views of the spacious and green park and get a burst of sea air.
Next on the list of my favorites is the indoor rain forest. No time to travel south of the equator? Come here and see some lovely tress, flowers, birds, frogs, and butterflies native to the world’s rain forests. Science center guides are available to educate children on butterfly and bird species and their habitats.
Not enough for you? Head downstairs to a spacious and impressive aquarium where the littles can touch sea creatures in a tide pool and walk under the fish tanks. Don’t forget a visit to the famous albino alligator on your way out of the natural history museum area. And bring a picnic because there is no better place to sit and enjoy the sunshine in the City by the Bay!
Don’t miss this wonderful stop on your next trip to San Francisco!