While vacationing in the bay area, the girls were treated to their first musical production, Matilda, (based on the children’s book by Roald Dahl) and a cable car ride with Grandpa and Grandma. They were so excited as they boarded BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) and headed into the big city!
Jonathan and I drove into San Francisco as well and decided to visit the Legion of Honor — a beautiful art museum overlooking the San Francisco Bay and the Golden Gate Bridge.
Overlooking the San Francisco Bay
Entrance to the Legion of Honor
Legion of Honor Dedication
We had enjoyed our first visit several years ago and looked forward to visiting again. We had a wonderful time taking in the many collections and special exhibits. It is surreal to stand next to a piece of art that was created hundreds of years ago while imagining the artist with paintbrush in hand. I’ve posted only a few of my favorites … I have so many!
All artwork photographs were taken inside the Legion of Honor
Water Lilies by Claude Monet (ca. 1914-1917)
Peasant Girl with Sheep by Julien Dupré (ca. 1895)
Virgin and Child with Putti by Andrea della Robbia (ca. 1490-1495)
Afterwards we visited the museum’s gift shop and stopped by the café for a delicious chocolate mousse cake. It was the perfect afternoon to enjoy gentle breezes out on the patio.
Another piece of art
On the walk out to our car, our eyes fell upon a memorial to the victims of the Holocaust. We hadn’t noticed this before. As we reached the memorial site, I was thinking there might be a memorial garden. Instead, the site curved downwards taking you to a sobering display of the atrocities of the holocaust. All at once, my heart ached, and I was flooded with deep emotion. Amidst those who had perished, a solitary survivor stands at a barbed-wire fence. The expression on his face and the frame of his stature portrays such intense heartache – you long to reach out in some way to ease the heaviness of his heart. To the millions of holocaust victims and survivors, you will never be forgotten.
Driving away, we were once again taken in with grandeur of the Golden Gate Bridge. We met up with our family at a cozy restaurant, Baonecci Ristorante, nestled on a corner of Little Italy — this vibrant and energetic district welcomes you with the fragrant aromas of Italian cuisine.
The day was complete as we sat together for a family meal and shared the experiences of our afternoon. The girls, by the way, loved the Matilda musical and cable car ride!