Things to do in San Francisco: Legion of Honor

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I know I say this a lot but, I am pretty dang lucky to live in San Francisco. However, I find that I constantly feel like I am not taking advantage of this amazing place. Can you believe I’ve never visited the Legion of Honor, even after being told to visit several times while attending art school, I STILL never made it over there. Anyway, I finally went. The building itself is something to be seen. Lots of pillars, beautiful bits of sculptural architecture and of course lovely greenery surrounding. legion of honor picnic

I’m not really sure if the lovely people at the legion of honor really want people to picnic on their lush lawn or not, but that’s what we did. There was another family across the way doing the same thing so we felt like it was alright. It was a beautiful day and the perfect place to do it, we brought food from the store and just set up camp. After we were done we strolled into the museum full enough to fight off the temptation of the beautiful treats in the museum’s cafe.      If you are interested though, totally go check out the beautiful sweet treats in the cafe, they are little works of art too!legion of honor picnic

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Inside you will find mostly sculptural works by Rodin as well as a vast collection of paintings. It took us about an hour and a half to walk through the whole place, but we were also a little rushed for time so I *think* we could have spent more time there.DSCF1997 DSCF1991I have always been a fan of the SF MoMA but while it is under construction this is a great place to visit to get your art on. On the bottom floor of the Legion of Honor the SF MoMA’s Matisse collection is on loan to view as well. If you are looking for other places to visit SF MoMa’s collection while they are closed check HERE. For anyone who is curious about the SF MoMA expansion, it is not due to open until 2016 *sad face* but have you seen what the new building is going to look like? The expansion will include a dedicated photography gallery, which obviously makes me super happy.

I know I am missing a long list of other great places that I need to visit in San Francisco.

 

-PK

Happy Birthday Four Barrel

I happened to have Wednesday off work and I didnt want it to go to waste(having a weekday off is SUPER rare). When I heard that Four Barrel was having a 6th Birthday celebration with perks such as: a petting Zoo, Dance Dance Revolution, a photo booth, and FREE COFFEE (not just pour over’s, like EVERYTHING on the menu was free!) I knew I had to go check it out. I hardly ever go to the Mission, so it was a nice little change of scenery. four barrel coffeeThe Petting Zoo was the cutest thing ever!DSCF2008

I just couldn’t get enough of this little guy. His little eye’s were so cute!DSCF2010DSCF2013

The inside was even festive!photoDSCF2067

And of course we had to get photos inside the photo booth 🙂 What silly fun it was, Thanks Four Barrel for letting me snuggle some cute animals, have a good time and drink some delicious coffee. 🙂

 

-PK

Things to do in San Francisco: Pier 24 Photography

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DSCF1448 DSCF1438 DSCF1447 This place isn’t any secret to photographers in San Francisco. Pier 24 is a photography gallery that is on pier 24 in San Francisco.

 

What makes this place awesome:

1. You have to make a reservation to visit. The benefit? There are never large crowds of tourists. It’s a calm and quiet environment to enjoy some beautiful photos.

2. This place exhibits the legends in photography, they aren’t messin’ around. There is always a good mix of contemporary and classic artists.

3. The location is great, it is near the ferry building just beneath the bay bridge, after you’d had your fill of art you can walk a short distance to grab a bite to eat.

 

Check out the current exhibit on their website.

-PK

 

Weekend Update: The Beach

 

The weather in San Francisco was a little dreary over this weekend, so we escaped up north to Muir Beach to try and get a little sun. We brought Duke with us and we found out he really doesn’t like water. He LOVES sand though! He dug holes and rolled around in the sand, which meant he needed a mandatory bath when he got home. It was a great time!Duke at Muir Beach

 

 

Dogs at Muir Beach

I also thought I would share the custom table for the Westfalia, that sits in the middle of the front seats so we have a nice little arm rest. Also as you can see, a strap at a blanket have become my head rest in the car, because I am too dang short for the seats. custom table westfaliaAnd here is a little portrait that I took for fun because I saw really pretty dappled light, always got to capitalize on that dappled light!

 

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Well that was my weekend, how was yours?!

 

-PK

Moving in less than a year

Cody and I just had a long conversation while driving Lucy (our Westfalia) out to a little overnight camping trip for the first time with our new puppy Duke. We talked the whole time about how stoked we were to be leaving once Cody graduated(we actually passed our freeway exit because we were so distracted). We’ll be living in the Westfalia for around a year(or more!) to travel the US. united states map

Since I am the ULTIMATE planner type and Cody is the “go whichever way the wind takes us” type, I think we will even each other out. Since I am the planner I have been staring at the United States map ALOT. Our plan is to leave a few months after Cody is finished with school in December of this year. So we will probably leave in March or April 2015?

We both have a million projects we would like to shoot while we are on our trip. Like portraits, landscapes and architecture. I have a big attraction to old signs and I really want to expand on that. I also have recently been throwing around the idea of writing a travel guide while on the trip. I also want to RAID every thrift store on the way… How could you not want to take full advantage of something so fun!?

It might be just me but I am in love with the open road and all of its possibilities!

What are the must-see places? I could use all the help I can get! In the upcoming months, I’ll be planning and planning… and PLANNING 🙂 You can’t really be TOO prepared can you?