Saturday, February 2, 2019

Legion of Honor


Skirt - WhoWhatWear x Target | Shirt - Kitri | Cardigan - Asos | Boots - Dr. Martens | Bag - Clarks | Beret - Primark

Good afternoon!

Though this was already ages ago now, as I mentioned in my previous post, my mom and I spent a few days in California at the beginning of January to visit family before I returned to London.  Though most of my time was spent in the San Jose area, we spent one of our days up in San Francisco.  Normally when I visit the city, we're in Union Square to go shopping or by Fisherman's Wharf to have some fun by the water.  This time, however, I suggested going to one of the art museums in the city for as many times as I've been to San Francisco I've never been to one of their museums.  I decided on the "Legion of Honor" museum so I could see one of my favorite paintings (The Broken Pitcher by William-Adolphe Bouguereau), which naturally ended up not being on display.  Even with that small disappointment, it was a gorgeous museum to see.  It's located a bit north of the city at the top of a hill, so it has gorgeous views.  Down where you park your car, you can even the see the Golden Gate Bridge.  I even enjoyed the drive up to the museum as you go past so many cute homes and Golden Gate Park, which I found out that my grandparents actually used to live right across from there right after they were married.
Once you get into the museum, the collection is grand with paintings dating back to the Middle Ages and even a few ancient Egyptian artifacts.  Whilst I was there, they had two contemporary exhibitions going on: one focusing on Rodin and one exotic jewels from the east.  Though I spent most of my time exploring their permanent collections (18th and 19th century paintings are my favorite), I was far more impressed with the jewels than I expected to be.  I'm not a huge jewelry person to begin with, but everything there was breathtaking and worth the ticket price.
Perhaps one of the most enjoyable experiences though, was that they had a live organ player.  That building is made for music, so the organ echoed beautifully throughout the entirety of the museum.  However, it can be quite loud if you're right next to it.

I don't know when I'll be in San Francisco again, but I think I'll continue my trend of trying to experience as much of it as I possibly can with Alcatraz being next on my list of things to do.

Have you been to any museums in San Francisco before?  What did you think of them?  Let me know in the comments below!

Elizabeth xx


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