Today we got an early start and drove Da into downtown. Now that we know the route and have a Fastrack pass, it is a sinch! We then drove through Prisidio and learned about serpentinite rock on our way to Golden Gate Park. We found free parking and then walked over to the Flower Conservatory arriving just in time to take a tour with the volunteer docent, and really enjoyed learning about the conservatory, the plants and the flowers from Eve. Eve is from Ireland and I enjoyed her accent about as much as I enjoyed learning about the flowers!
I believe I took a million photos!
After a quick lunch of yummy mushroom & shrimp wonton soup with baguette at the de Young , we walked across the street and took photos of every statue we could find. The girls loved this, because many of them were hidden in the trees and it took some looking to find them. There were a couple of folks that we did not know, and so we will spend part of our afternoon looking them up!
We adore this area of town. We still have more to see at the de Young (including a collection fromMusée d’Orsay on impressionism), the Legion of Honor (where there is a mummy and medicine exhibit) and the California Academy of Sciences.
(It just happens to be that Mouse is in love with a particular book at the moment. We read it every single night for the past two weeks. It is Linnea in Monet’s Garden. It is a book about a little girl who visits France with her friend to learn about Monet. The book is sweet and full of descriptions that make you hungry for baguette, goat cheese, and for beautiful gardens! I am looking forward to taking her to the Impressionist Exhibit at the de Young….we might do that tomorrow if I can convince the big girls to do the Exploratorium on another day!)
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