Sun on the City!

Last week, we spent the day in San Francisco celebrating my husband’s birthday. The weather has been very wet and cold, but we were blessed with a stunning day in the city. Yes, the temperature was crisp, but the sun shined, warming us like a blanket and creating lovely photos. Even though we’ve visited this iconic city numerous times, I can’t help but take more pictures, especially of the Golden Gate Bridge and the bay.

Our destination was The Legion of Honor (above top) which stands prominently above the Lincoln Park Golf Course. If you’re interested in learning about this fine art museum, I pulled the information below from Wikipedia:

The Legion of Honor displays a collection spanning more than 6,000 years of ancient and European art and houses the Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts.

The Hall of Antiquities displays ancient works from Egypt, the Near East, Greece, and Rome, including sculptures, figurines, vessels, jewelry, and carved reliefs. Notable works include a 4,000-year-old carved wood figure of Seneb, an Egyptian royal scribe. The collection is supported in part by the Ancient Art Council, which offers a speakers program focusing on the ancient world.[7][8]

The museum contains a representative collection of European art, the largest portion of which is French. Its most distinguished collection is of sculpture by Auguste Rodin. Casts of some of his most famous works are on display, including one of The Thinker in the Court of Honor. Other artists in the collection include El GrecoTitianRubensRembrandtBoucherDavidTiepoloGainsborough and many of the Impressionists and post-ImpressionistsDegasRenoirMonetPissarroSeuratCézannevan Gogh and others.

The museum’s collection of European Decorative Arts includes a gilded Spanish ceiling from c. 1500; numerous items of furniture, including Horace Walpole’s commode of 1763 from Strawberry Hill House, west of London; and three period rooms, including the Salon Doré from the Hôtel de La Trémoille, Paris, said to be the only complete example of a pre-Revolutionary Parisian salon to be displayed anywhere.[11][12]

The Bowles Porcelain Gallery displays an array of porcelain and pottery from England and continental Europe with a strong emphasis on the eighteenth century. Adjacent to the gallery is the Ceramic Study Center.[13]

The Contemporary Arts Program, which brings the work of living artists into dialogue with the building and the collections, was inaugurated in 2017 with an exhibition of more than 30 works by Urs Fischer installed throughout the museum.[14] Subsequent exhibitions have featured works and interventions by artists including Lynn Hershman Leeson,[15] Julian Schnabel,[16] Alexandre Singh,[17] and Wangechi Mutu.[18]

Situated off the northwest corner of the Legion grounds is the Holocaust Memorial, a sculptural group of white-painted bronze by George Segal installed in 1984. Although not part of the Legion’s collection, the sculpture is often seen by visitors to the museum.

The Legion of Honor has played a big part in films:

As much as I’d love to detail each photo, time won’t allow, so I hope you enjoy these visuals. The slideshow below presents only a fraction of the paintings, sculptures, furniture, architecture, porcelain, and silver.

We spent most of the day at the museum, but when we finished perusing each room, we walked around the grounds, enjoying the greenery of the Lincoln Park Golf Course (above photos). After leaving The Legion of Honor, we drove through Ocean Beach, pulled over to look at the view, and between the soothing colors of the ocean and that bright blue sky, we were in awe. More photos! And of course, a selfie was necessary, especially one of me sneaking in a kiss for the birthday boy.

As we were leaving and since I was driving, my hubby took some photos of the bridge (again, we can’t have too many). Then we took a slow drive through a picturesque coastal town and stopped at a cool bar on the bay and enjoyed the serenity from the stunning views of the Golden Gate Bridge and San Francisco. Before we left this beautiful spot, we walked out on the pier for more photos. Because fog and wind pay frequent visits to San Francisco, we truly lucked out with the weather on this celebratory February day. So, when I think of an adjective to describe this Saturday in the city, the word that comes to mind is Glorious! Cheers!

I hope you enjoyed this little slice of San Francisco.
Thank you for stopping by and have a lovely weekend ahead. ❤️

© Lauren Scott, baydreamerwrites – All rights reserved.
All photos taken by me.

77 thoughts on “Sun on the City!

  1. how great – I’ve never been to San Fran, but would love to go for many reasons. love the museum pics and happy birthday to both of you

  2. What a great way to spend your hubby’s birthday visiting such great spots, with a sneak kiss and great pics. I often think I should spend time exploring our beloved city and you captured the best of our amazing city minus the hardships of it! Nice Lauren. Happy Birthday to him! 💗

    1. Thanks for your wonderful comment, Cindy. SF is a beautiful city, and we hadn’t been in a while. But that’s what my hubby wanted to do, so it turned out to be a great day. My bday is this month and I want to visit the De Young Museum (it’s been years), so that’s probably what we’ll do. Kind of replicate his day, but with different destinations. 🙂 Just fun and mellow celebrations this year. And we hope the weather complies. Thanks for your birthday wishes also! Have a great weekend, my friend. I’m so glad you enjoyed this post. 💗🌺

      1. Oh that’s awesome and I missed the last show with Diego Rivera there sadly but I’m sure there is something great as always. fun times and you’re most welcome! 💞

  3. Ah, Lauren, this day included everything in it! Perfect way to celebrate his birthday!
    I love all the shots.
    Love and many hugs your way!
    …and more birthday wishes to your hubby!

  4. Thanks for the pictorial reminders. While my children were being educated in CA, SFO was my point of entry and departure. It’s a beautiful part of the US to enjoy. Regular as clockwork of an evening a fog would roll in from the ocean and make my drive to the Napa Valley challenging if I arrived at night. Loved the balloons in the sky on an early return to the airport from the north.

  5. Terrific pictures, Lauren! We were in San Francisco about 7 years ago and I agree, you can never have too many pictures of the Golden Gate! Looks like you had a wonderful time 🙂

  6. Oh yes, oh yes. I most certainly enjoyed this. Glorious is the full course you presented me. Glorious are the photos too. How lovely of you; beautiful, glorious, you! Cheers and happy birthday to your husband. And the woman behind the great man. Congrats.

    1. Hi Selma, I’m so glad you enjoyed this SF post and that you agree with my description of Glorious! 🙂 Thanks for the birthday wishes too and for your lovely, lovely words to the woman behind the great man! ❤️🌺❤️

  7. Oh WOW Lauren.. I went to my Seventh Heaven as I took in the Old buildings decorations and fireplaces, and art and sculptures… Just Love Museums of any kind, and your photos were super clear…
    A fantastic way to celebrate your Hubbies birthday and what a beautiful couple you make…
    Many thanks for sharing that delightful day out Lauren…
    And sending belated Birthday wishes to your husband..
    Much love to you both..
    Sue ❤

    1. Aww, thanks, Sue, I’m so happy you were able to take that heavenly trip. You would love this museum. Absolutely incredible and fascinating! Plus, the stunning weather made the day even more enjoyable. And thanks for your kind words about my hubby and me; he will appreciate your bday wishes. Much love to you, dear friend. ❤️🌼❤️

      1. Loved you shared your day Lauren… Really enjoyed walking with you seeing through your eyes my friend…. I can get lost for Hours in Museums especially when we travelled abroad too.

  8. Loving these photos of iconic views out in San Fransisco and your thoughts on the historic nature of the places you visited and the culture you uncovered! Belated happy birthday wishes to your husband too. 🙂

  9. Jane Sturgeon

    What a wonderful day for Matt’s birthday. It’s lovely of you to share and to ‘see’ you both. xXx 💕😘💕

  10. Thanks for sharing your vacation pictures and experiences, Lauren! I have not been to San Francisco..yet. Your pictures are beautiful. I felt like I was there, in a sense. I am glad you had a glorious time celebrating your husband’s birthday.
    Many Blessings,
    Lisa xoxo

    1. I’m glad you enjoyed the photos, Lisa. I’m sure you’d love the city and this museum if you get the chance to visit. We really lucked out with the beautiful weather. It had rained the day before and the day after. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by. xoxo

  11. Sunshine and those bits of blue sky make all the difference, Lauren. It looks like you had a wonderful visit to San Fran for the hubby’s birthday. I haven’t been there yet, so the pictures and the info about the things to do was much appreciated. 😀

    1. So true, Diana. Sunshine and bits of blue sky made the difference. We had rain the day before and the day after, so we really lucked out. It was such a great time too since we haven’t been to this museum in years. I’m sure you would love it. I actually thought of you because we saw some gift items of Sargent’s painting that you wrote the etheree poem for. It was an aha moment. 🙂 Anyway, thanks for stopping by and I’m glad you enjoyed this SF post. ❤️

  12. I’ve done this exact trip many times and you’ve captured it all so well here. San Francisco is a magical city with so much to see, and I love Ocean Beach! Now I need to plan another day trip.

      1. I always go for my birthday too! It’s the perfect place to celebrate. My favorite coffee shop closed, which is a huge bummer. Do you have a good one to recommend?

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