I started singing this Journey song when I arrived and couldn’t get it out of my head for the five days I was there! I love San Francisco. I have visited many times with many different people, but mostly with my son who worked there for a year in 2006, and now lives just outside in Hayward, CA.
He just got engaged, so visiting him and his fiancé was my first order of business on my recent USA trip.
Even though I have spent a lot of time in San Francisco, to my surprise, I haven’t been there in 8 years! On the Friday after I arrived, my son and I took the Bart into the city and while he went to work, I toured the most famous sites on the Hop-On, Hop Off bus.
We started near Union Square and went to the Civic Center. Then on through Haight Ashbury and Pacific Heights where the beautiful Victorian houses stand in their exquisite detailed paint, and then to the Golden Gate Bridge. In the morning it was rainy, but the second time around I got sun and a chance to spend some time at the lookout near the bridge. I saw a rainbow! Actually, I saw 2….one on each end.
Back on the bus, we made our way down to The Ferry Building and Fisherman’s Wharf, where when I got off the bus, it wasn’t raining, but quickly started as soon as I stepped out. I love to visit the sea lions. They didn’t seem to mind the weather at all!
The American Consulate located along the river is undergoing a face lift. Scaffolding now encases the entire building while exterior cosmetic changes take place and a new roof is placed. While the work is not expected to take very long, it will undoubtedly take longer than expected.
The building was designed by Giuseppe Pioggi in 1860 and the American Consulate moved there in 1947.
You can still see the American flag flying proudly above the door.
February 18th, 2014 marked the 450th anniversary of Michelangelo Buonarroti’s death. He was 88 years old. On that day, Florence celebrated his life and the many gifts that he left the world with a parade from Piazza della Signoria to Santa Croce where his tomb is located. Two new rooms in the Uffizi opened in honor of the artist, and several museums will be holding exhibits throughout 2014 to celebrate his lifetime.
From February 18th until May 1th an exhibit at the Accademia Gallery, called Getting Reacquainted with Michelangelo will run. The exhibit is a compilation of photographs and paintings of Michelangelo’s sculptures from the 16th century.
Michelangelo a contender for the name, Renaissance Man, is known for his most famous works The David, located in Florence, The Pieta’ and The Sistine Chapel located in Rome. He has however, created many, many works of sculpting, painting, engineering, and poetry, which can be found throughout Florence, Rome and Bologna and other cities in Italy.
Michelangelo was a student of Ghirlandaio and a patron of the Medici Family who he lived with for 4 years as a teenager. He had a terrible temper and a brusque character and his conflict with Leonardo Da Vinci is famous. Michelangelo died in Milan while working on the Rondanini Pieta’ now located in Milan.
When Michelangelo died, Florentine’s turned out in droves to bury the Florentine son and Father of sculpture and the arts in their city. It was the same on the 450th anniversary of his death.