July 25th, 2014 – San Francisco (Day 1) – CA

On the way to San Francisco, we did one more stroll through a Redwood grove.  It was sunny and very interesting to see how different it looked as compared to the rainy day.  Leslie wrestled the camera away from Don and took his picture.

We took part of the 49-mile scenic drive in San Francisco.  It was a beautiful day – sunny and 80 degrees.  The natives were complaining about the heat as it is much warmer than normal, but we thought it was great.  We stopped by the Legion of Honor (an art museum).  The building is a full-scale replica of the French Pavilion at the 1915 Panama Pacific International Exposition, which in turn was a three-quarter-scale version of the Palais de la Legion d’Honneur.  Unfortunately, we did not have time to go in, but we did get to see the bronze statue of Rodin’s Thinker.  We were very impressed until we googled it and found out that a) Rodin did not do the bronze statues and b) it is one of at least 10 in the US and 20 in the world.  Oh well, it was still cool.

The beach in the picture is Ocean Beach which needless to say is on the Pacific Ocean side. There were all these signs saying no wading or swimming, but the water was full of people, so we were not sure the signs were very effective.  We took a quick walk around the Japanese Tea Garden, the oldest public Japanese Tea Garden in the U.S.  It was originally created as a “Japanese Village” exhibit for the 1894 California Midwinter International Exposition.   The garden is quite beautiful.

In the evening, we saw a side of San Francisco that we probably would not have seen if we had not had tickets to the Warfield Theatre to see the Move Live show – starring Derek and Julianne Hough (which for you non-Dancing With the Stars people, is a dance show by a brother and sister who is and was, respectively, on the show).  Actually, it was scarier in the day time, than it was after the show, which is weird.  Perhaps it was because we could not see as well.  We thought there would be more restaurants around the theater, but this was not the case.  We had hot dogs at Show Dogs which was the cleanest place we could find (and the food was actually pretty good).  The show was fabulous – high energy, outstanding dancing, lots of audience interaction and we had great seats.  Okay, this was really for Leslie, but Don stayed awake so it must have been good.

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2 thoughts on “July 25th, 2014 – San Francisco (Day 1) – CA

  1. arlene wong

    You are hitting all the iconic sites of SF. Love following along and sure do miss living there. 🙂

  2. Judy

    So you were going up the coast to San Francisco where we went ‘down’. I think perhaps we saw the Japanese Tea Garden as well. I know we saw one near San Francisco but I can’t remember the name of it. I love the Angel Trumpet Flowers. I had those at our other house. And we would have loved the Derek and Julianne Hough Dance Show. We NEVER miss Dancing with the Stars and Derek is Don’s favorite dancer. You know she was engaged to Rion Seacrest, Now – he is my favorite 🙂 We both like Julianne too. Did you tour Alcatraz? If you didn’t you should have. It was VERY interesting…. the three of us along with all our coach travelers were glad we did it.

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