Tomorrow I fly to Mexico City and wanted to share some of the spectacular sights I saw while saying goodbye to this city. It was a dream come true to visit here, especially since I got to house sit and not pay outrageous prices for a room.
Yes, I must admit that I did feel a bit regretful about not coming here in the 1960s and moving to New York instead. However I’ve gotten over that. I try not to be regretful about the past or anxious about the future. I stay in the moment, doing my best. This is probably the most important lesson that I have learned in my almost two years of continuous traveling to 14 countries and 6 states in the U.S.
This post will concentrate on photos. For more written information on the city of San Francisco, California please see my first post on the city and its homeless community.
THE GOLDEN GATE BRIDGE
Here’s the iconic Golden Gate Bridge. A picture speaks a thousand words.
THE LEGION OF HONOR MUSEUM
This museum is dedicated to the California Military who died in the first World War.
THE DE YOUNG MUSEUM IN GOLDEN GATE PARK
The de Young Museum originated as the Fine Arts Building, which was constructed in Golden Gate Park for the California Midwinter International Exposition in 1894. Following the exposition, the building was designated as a museum for the people of San Francisco. Over the years, the de Young has grown from an attraction originally designed to temporarily house an eclectic collection of exotic oddities and curiosities to the foremost museum in the western United States concentrating on American art, international textile arts and costumes, and art of the ancient Americas, Oceania and Africa.
The new Memorial Museum was a success from its opening on March 24, 1895. No admission was charged, and most of what was on display had been acquired from the exhibits at the exposition. The building sustained extensive damage in two earthquakes in the 20th century and was rebuilt and reconstructed. There is a beautiful new building built in the 1990s, which is the most visited art museum west of the Mississippi, the sixth-most-visited art museum in North America, and the 35th-most visited in the world.
The last photos are from the 9th floor observation tower.
The Sutro Baths were a large, privately owned public saltwater swimming pool complex in the Lands End area in western San Francisco.
Built in 1896, the facility burned down in June 1966 and is now in ruins. The present and unused site is within the Golden Gate National Recreation Area and the Sutro Historic District.
Six saltwater pools and one freshwater pool. The baths were 499.5 feet long and 254.1 feet wide. They were equipped with 7 slides, 30 swinging rings, and 1 springboard.
There was a museum displaying an extensive collection of stuffed and mounted animals, historic artifacts, and artwork, a 2700-seat amphitheater, and club rooms with capacity for 1100, 517 private dressing rooms and an ice skating rink.
I visited with my friend Judy, who was born and raised in San Francisco and remembers swimming and ice skating here as a child.
Goodbye to San Francisco, where I got to dance to one of my favorite Austin bands, who have moved back to the Bay Area.
Hola to Mexico for a two month long visit. Come along with me……