How wonderful to live in an area that is rich with cultural activities.
Today, we decided to go to San Francisco. The drive was short and sweet -- from Alameda, it took us less than 20 minutes to go downtown on a Sunday.
Asian Art Museum
We went to the The Asian Art Museum to see the special exhibit featuring the famed Terra Cotta Warriors of China. I've always been fascinated by these life sized figures and hope to see them up close one day. Articles about this marvel say that
"Current estimates are that in the three pits containing the Terracotta Army there were over 8,000 soldiers, 130 chariots with 520 horses and 150 cavalry horses, the majority of which are still buried in the pits near by Qin Shi Huang's mausoleum. Other terracotta non-military figures were also found in other pits and they include officials, acrobats, strongmen and musicians."
Besides the terra cotta exhibits, the museum featured two other floors filled with exhibits from other Asian countries. One will marvel at the exceptional exhibits that include many buddhas, metal work, pottery, batik fabrics, etc. And what a fine building to house these treasures! The building itself is a work of art.
San Francisco City Hall
Taking advantage of the moment when there were so few people around, I took pictures of San Francisco City Hall, one of the most beautiful buildings downtown. I'll have to go back and take another picture when the trees lining the pathway are green once again. What I want people to see are the clear blue skies. Yes, folks, it's not always cloudy :)
Visitors who are driving into the City should know they have parking just below this fabulous promenade. And it's quite accessible by public transportation, too. San Francisco, like many great cities, encourages walking....and what you see are amazing examples of architecture like the City Hall that make it quite a delightful tour on foot.
What a treat to the senses by becoming a tourist for a day. There are more plans to enjoy what the City of San Francisco offers, one day at a time.
P.S. All photos were taken with an iPhone5.