Monday, January 31, 2011

Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco

I grew up in the Bay Area and loved it.  I've forgotten over the years just how unique that experience really was.  I take for granted the amazing sights that were the backdrop of daily life.  A couple of weeks ago I took the boys on a road trip (in the new car!) to visit for my best friends' wedding reception.  Over the next few days I'll post about some of the fun sightseeing we crammed in to a very short visit.  The boys were beyond excited about all the adventures San Francisco has to offer and I quickly realized that we'll need to take another trip up there shortly to do some more.

On our way home, we took a detour for a quick scenic photo opportunity- The Palace of Fine Arts.  I'd been there many many times over the years and can't wait to take the boys back to visit the Exploratorium when I have more time.  The Exploratorium is on the same grounds as the Palace of Fine Arts and if you've never heard of it, you are missing out.  It is a learning museum like no other.  You feel like you've walked right in to a science lab.  It's an amazing tactile and hands on learning experience for kids (and adults!).

As we came around the corner and the kids saw the Palace of Fine Arts for the first time their faces lit up.  They immediately recognized it from the smaller scale one at California Adventure (that cracked me up).  It's just unlike most buildings and even my boys were giddy with excitement to see it in person.  My oldest has become quite the photographer (with his handy Nintendo DSi camera).  The picture above is actually the picture he took.

 What's your favorite adventure in the San Francisco Bay Area?


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