San Francisco, CA: Oh to be [at the de] Young again

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When you bring me and my sister together in a foreign country, one thing is for certain: there is going to be a lot of walking and exploring (and eating) involved. And so it was, that when we were in San Francisco last April for a week, we ended up walking around the city an average of 15-20 kilometers per day. We went from Land’s End to the Golden Gate Bridge, to scenic Sausalito, and all the way to uber-colorful Mission District, downtown, and North Beach. Weย got so caught up in our wanderlust thatย it wasn’t untilย our fourth day in the city that we realized our bodiesโ€”never our spirits!โ€”were actually tired.

While this in no way deterred us from going out, we agreed on making an easy day of it. Less walking, more relaxing. And because apart from sharing a love for travel, we’re also both quite the art aficionados, we ended up spending the day at the de Young Museum in Golden Gate Park.ย 

More Keith Haring at the de Young #keithharing #deYoungmuseum #goldengatepark #sanfrancisco #wanderentes #travelingjourno

One of the two Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco (the other one being Legion of Honor), the iconic de Young Museum is home to priceless collections of American art from the 17th through the 20th centuries, textile arts, and art of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas.

Stela with Queen Ix Mutal Ahaw #limestone #deYoungmuseum #goldengatepark #wanderentes #travelingjourno #sanfrancisco

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Mother, Springhouse (Oakland Plantation Series) by Richard Cleaver #deYoungmuseum #goldengatepark #wanderentes #sanfrancisco #travelingjourno

Electric Beach, Rudy Autio โ€ข 1987 #deYoungmuseum #museums #sanfrancisco #wanderentes #goldengatepark #arts

Strontium, Gerhard Richter #deYoungmuseum #sanfrancisco #museums #wanderentes #travelingjourno

Keith Haring ๐Ÿ’›๐Ÿ‘Œ #arts #keithharing #deYoungmuseum #wanderentes #sanfrancisco #travelingjourno

Anti-Mass by Cornelia Parker #woodcharcoal #deYoungmuseum #sanfrancisco #wanderentes #goldengatepark #arts

There was a special exhibition when we were thereโ€””Botticelli to Braque: Masterpieces from the National Galleries of Scotland”โ€”but we opted out and just spent the rest of the day wandering around the place. Because more than its massive art collection, the de Young itself is something to behold. An architectural masterpiece seamlessly integrated into its environment, every nook and cranny of the de Young Museum will award you visual treats.

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I could stay here all day! (And I actually did ๐Ÿ’›๐Ÿ’›๐Ÿ’›) #deYoungmuseum #goldengatepark #sanfrancisco #wanderentes

Trippy stairs ๐Ÿ˜ธ #deYoungmuseum #goldengatepark #wanderentes #sanfrancisco #travelingjourno

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Shadow play #deYoungmuseum #shadows #design #sanfrancisco #wanderentes #details #travelingjourno #karminatreeseries

I loved its sculpture garden, located right beside the de Young cafe. Mina and Iย ended up spending quite the chunk of timeย there, the mid-afternoon sun providing warmth from the cool SF breeze.

For wardrobe malfunctions, the de Young has a spare safety pin, FYI.๐Ÿ‘Œ Finally saw the second of two of Claes Oldenburg's sculptures on display here in San Francisco! #deYoungmuseum #museums #sculptures #wanderentes #sanfrancisco #travelingjourno #

Apples (obviously), Gustav Kraitz #deYoungmuseum #museums #sanfrancisco #wanderentes

Big Crinkly by Alexander Calder #deYoungmuseum #goldengatepark #wanderentes #sanfrancisco

Ocean Gate, Louise Nevelson #deYoungmuseum #sanfrancisco #wanderentes #museums #travelingjourno

Artificial Rock, Zhan Wang #deYoungmuseum #museums #goldengatepark #sanfrancisco

After sharing a sandwich at the cafe, we decided on a whim to go up the 144-foot Hamon Tower before leaving the museum.

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And boy were we glad we did as the tower gave us a 360-degree view of San Francisco and the park below.

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Absolutely gorgeous San Francisco spring day ๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’› #sanfrancisco #goldengatepark #wanderentes #spring2015 #travelingjourno

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SF 360 here at the de Young Museum's Hamon Tower #deYoungmuseum #goldengatepark #hamontower #wanderentes #travelingjourno #sanfrancisco

The rest of the day, my sister and I spent surrounded by pretty flora at the San Francisco Botanical Garden and the Hagiwara Tea Garden, both a stone’s throw away from the museum. Art + Flowers + Perfect Spring Weather + Good Food + All that in one location = Bliss.

There should be more days like this. โค