San Francisco’s Maritime Museum wasn’t exactly what I’d been expecting when I walked in the door. For one thing, the upper floors were closed off and only the main level was open (although it was free to look around). The friendly docent behind the desk told me that if I was interested in maritime artifacts I should check out the […]
Scenes from a (mostly) sunny afternoon visit to San Francisco’s Aquatic Park, August 2023.
Last Wednesday I took a look at the Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum in San Jose, so today it seemed appropriate to share photos of some of the Egyptian artifacts I saw recently at San Francisco’s Legion of Honor art museum. It was my very first visit to this fine art museum, and I highly recommend taking the time to explore its […]
There are a total of 48 historical markers in and around the city of San Francisco, and while I’ve certainly visited the sites of a few of them (Telegraph Hill, Portsmouth Plaza, Fort Point), I’m not sure why it took me so long to purposely go in search of them. On my way out of the city last Friday, I […]
Wall mural at Geary and Leavenworth, San Francisco.
I already feel like it’s been far too long since I wandered through an art museum; my most recent visit was to the de Young in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park last August. This morning I’ve been looking back at some images from both this outing and from my trip to the Crocker Museum in downtown Sacramento back in September […]
I enjoyed seeing the painting of Angela Davis on my most recent visit to the de Young Museum last summer. I still remember seeing her on the television news as a child, although I was then too young to understand the reasons behind her activism. Although some of these works of art are very difficult to look at and think […]
I’ve been reading Nathaniel Philbrick’s excellent book, In the Heart of the Sea, about the whaling ship Essex (it sank in the Pacific Ocean in 1820 after tangling with a sperm whale and became Herman Melville’s inspiration for the novel Moby Dick). The surviving crewmembers, adrift in the ship’s boats, had to decide where their best chance of rescue lay […]