Saturday, February 23, 2013

Girls' day out

The Exploratorium is a wonderful, interactive museum of science in San Francisco.  Up until recently, it was housed at the Palace of Fine Arts in the Marina district.  As of April, 2013, it will be living on a pier somewhere on the Embarcadero.  The PoFA was originally built for the 1915 Panama-Pacific Exposition and is the only building still standing in its original location.  I wanted to go and see it and the Exploratorium one more time before the museum moved away, so I took my nieces and we had a girls' day out.

The Exploratorium has hundreds of exhibits that allow people of all ages to discover different and cool things about science and art.  For example:

Fun with magnets

Fun with sound

Fun with electricity

And finally, fun with ice cream

I had a fabulous day.  I hope they did too.

Hello blog

Long time no see.  Whatcha been up to?  Not that much, eh?  How were your holidays?  Oh, you were in San Francisco?  Awesome!  Did you take any photos?  I know, silly question!  So, let's see what you got....

One day, I took the ferry into San Francisco from Alameda with my dad.

We walked around the Ferry Building for a little while and got some coffee

Then we walked up Market to Bush, then over to Montgomery Street, so Dad could see his old office, then up Montgomery to Clay.

Then we started walking through the Embarcadero Center back towards Justin Herman Plaza.

There are lots of sculptures and other pieces of art scattered around, and it's always fun to turn a corner and discover something.

We decided to stop in at the Hyatt Regency for a snack and a drink before we caught the ferry back to Alameda.  All the Christmas decorations were still up and the effect was beautiful.

The moon was rising as we got ready to board the ferry.

and as we pulled away, I turned around to get a few last images of my hometown, all dressed up for the holidays.