A few years back I had the luxury, and yes I will call it luxury, of visiting the sublime Musee de l’Orangerie in Paris. It was a trip highlighted by Mr. Claude Monet first at Giverny, then at Musee Marmonttan Monet and finally at Orangerie. Monet felt Paris needed a little cheering up after the war and gave them a place of peace and sanctuary to observe and be with his massive water lilies. (I think that is a beautiful sentiment some of us could use even now.) Since this visit I have been hyper aware of all things Monet counting the days until I can visit the tulips at Giverny again. Why am I writing about this now? Well, I recently visited an exhibit of late Monet works in San Francisco which I will post about in short order and I thought it would be fun to see early works flanked by later works soon. Stay tuned friends…
The Wide Open Walls festival is in full swing in Sacramento again for 2019! This one isn’t so much a wall but I love the rainbow colors! This new addition has an interesting take on a “wall.” It’s right smack in the middle of a new housing development who has chosen to retain a few of the old mill related items from before its redevelopment. I love the fresh look and imagine it will be iconic for the area. Cheers!
This time of year marks the time of year in Sacramento where it’s too hot to do much of anything outdoors unless it’s bright and early in the morning. So, baby bulldog and I headed for Old Sacramento to watch the old steam trains. We had a nice little walk through old town enjoying the architecture and trains and fresh air. While old town is totally commercial and touristy I’ve been visiting my entire life and never get tired of it unless it’s too crowded. I look forward to taking my son here many more times over the years to explore Sacramento history and to just travel back in time for a few hours at a time.
This is new and vibrant
Great looking old building
Where are my brides for photos here!?
Yours truly went here as a kid for winning some silly little writing contest that I dont remember what it was even about
California is speckled with Missions. Each and everyone one is different in size, color and current level of rehabilitation. They are a lot of fun to visit and a good excuse for a drive. My parents even took their honeymoon in 1969 visiting various missions up and down California. I’m not sure how popular that is now-a-days to do so. But, it’s a good excuse to drive the state and see what there is to see and visit everything in between. Mission San Rafael is clearly the recipient of a lot of love because it looks like new! #PINK I’ve always fancied trying to visit every mission. With any luck one day I’ll have them all checked off the list!
The Wide Open Walls 916 festival is about to kick off again in Sacramento and I’m totally excited! I very much enjoyed visiting the various locations throughout Sacramento since last summer mural viewing and can’t wait to see what the artists come up with for this year’s festival. The art freshens up boring or run down buildings. It gives people an excuse to visit buildings or parts of town perhaps they wouldn’t normally. It freshens up areas of town and brings new energy. Somehow it makes me feel like my humble town has “finally arrived!”
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.
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.
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!
My husband and I and friends have been camping in Bodega Bay for years and years. We typically camp on the beach in the Sonoma Coast State Parks which is pretty darn glorious. During many of those trips we hiked portions of the Kortum trail which parallels the coast for approximately 5 miles round trip. The mild and maintained trail connects Wright’s Beach all the way to Blind Beach.
Since baby made his arrival in my life two years ago we haven’t been back to the beach or the trail. So finally my Mom and son and I spent the weekend visiting the area and I took the opportunity here to show you some views from the trail. One can see magnificent views of the ocean, beautiful rock outcroppings, lovely wild flowers, seals, birds, rabbits, and sunsets. iPhone photos but hopefully I get the point across.
It frankly does not get much better than this friends.