Yesterday, I had a quick & short business trip to San Francisco. I finished what I had to do in a few hours and ended up with a whole day to roam the city. The last time I was in San Francisco was in December, but I always love visiting this place. Even though it's only a short 1 hour flight from LA, it's very different from So Cal! San Francisco is so charming with their old buildings, trolleys, trendy shops & restaurants. I've also noticed that the people in San Francisco dress better than the majority of us in So Cal. The people going about the streets of San Fran were wearing fabulous coats, boots, & blouses while the Southern Californians (including myself) spend their whole day in torn up jeans, T-shirts, and flip flops. Not that I'm complaining...
Directly in front of the City Hall is the Asian Art Museum. I decided to go on docent guided tour of the Museum masterpieces. I have to say, that of all the museums that I've visited in the world, this one was probably my favorite. All of the artifacts on display were amazing!
The featured exhibit was "Drama and Desire" which displayed Japanese Paintings from the Floating World (1690–1850). Pretty amazing stuff.
I was especially impressed by this gilt bronze Buddha dated 338—the oldest known dated Chinese Buddha in the world! I've seen pictures of this guy in quite a few books so it was neat to see it in person. This museum was defiantly the highlight of my trip.The "Old Gold Mountain" exhibit was also very neat! It was created by a contemporary Chinese sculpture artist who wanted to recreate the landscape of San Francisco using mirrored utensils, steel pots, and pans. It was crazy looking.It would be nice if I had all that stuff to use in my kitchen...The rest of the day I just wandered the streets of San Fran taking the scenery in.