First Day of the Year 2012

Happy new year! Hope the first few days of 2012 have been treating you well. My mood’s been in the dumps over the last week, but I’ve finally resurfaced. Ryan and Sasha have helped keep my mind above ground. How can I not smile when I’ve got this face looking back at me?


As members of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, we don’t visit them nearly enough. I decided to start the new year with a museum hop, hitting up both the de Young and Legion of Honor museums in one day. While I invited friends to join us [to take advantage of our guest passes], it ended up being a New Year’s Day date instead. Guess it’s hard to get up and out after a night of partying!

At the de Young, we checked out the Masters of Venice exhibit, featuring Venetian painters such as Titian, Giorgione, Veronese, Tintoretto, and Mantegna. No photography was allowed, so you’ll have to check the museum website for the artwork.

There’s also an exhibit of Anatolian Kilim, which are flat tapestry-woven carpets or rugs.

de Young Museum

After checking out the artwork, we headed up to the observation tower for views of the city. It was still early and uncrowded – a great photo op which will be featured in tomorrow’s Wordless Wednesday.

Sam's Chowdermobile - Shrimp Po Boy San Francisco Botanical Garden

When our stomachs cried out for food, we grabbed a shrimp po boy and ginger ale from Sam’s Chowdermobile and sat down to enjoy the botanical garden. When did the food trucks start hanging out by the museums?!

After lunch, we headed over to the Legion of Honor. We caught The Mourners on their last day at the museum. Absolutely fascinating. However, again, no photos allowed. What I did take photos of – a Sutro Baths color lithograph poster mounted to linen circa 1896 as part of the Artistic San Francisco exhibit and Bernini’s Medusa, which will be on display until the middle of February.

San Francisco's Sutro Bath Bernini's Medusa

I didn’t take photos of the exterior, but I love the Legion of Honor and its surrounding areas. It was a clear day with perfect views of the sailboats right outside the Bay.

After the museum hop, it was back to being responsible dog owners, so we took Sasha out for some hiking in Glen Canyon Park. It’s a great escape within the city limits.

Glen Canyon Park

Not too shabby for the first day of the year, right?

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  • ewiley

    That sounds like a pretty wonderful day.  I love getting out for a walk when the weather is nice.  It’s just so refreshing!

  • Jolene (Everydayfoodie)

    Glad to hear your mood has lifted :-)

    I have never had a po boy!

  • Glad your mood is better and that first picture of Sasha is ADORABLE. I love the head tilt.

  • Bucky Knaebel

    Sounds like a great start to the year!

  • What a great way to start the year! And Sasha – that face! She’s such a cutie!

  • I wish I had seen more of these things when I was in SF. Next time!