Random San Francisco – Lincoln Park Stairs

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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Lands End Labyrinth – San Francisco

Ever wonder what’s at the end of the world?  Well, at Land’s End in San Francisco Bay, it’s a labyrinth and an amazing view of the most iconic bridge in the world…the Golden Gate.  I’ve been visiting this city for a long time and only just heard about this labyrinth.  Where has it been all this time?  I had to go check it out.  And check it out I did in the same high heels I used to go shopping earlier int he day.  Readers, I risked my ankles for you!  You are welcome! 😉

The labyrinth can be accessed most easily by parking at the Legion of Honor and walking on the cart path north towards the Golden Gate Bridge through the golf course.  The path will lead to the labyrinth but it also navigates around the entire peninsula making for a splendid sea walk.  The path is not handicap accessible.  If you plan it right stop for a visit at the Legion of Honor which is worth a look any day of the week!  Eat there at their lovely café or top it off for some Clam Chowder by Ubering to the Cliff House overlooking Ocean Beach at sunset.

Picasso Museum – Paris

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 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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California Academy of Sciences in Golden Gate Park

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!