Wednesday, November 25, 2009

City By the Bay

We had a great time hanging out with the boys in "The City" last weekend.  It truly takes being away from it to really appreciate the beauty that is San Francisco.  For all the years that I've lived in Northern California, I've never really truly appreciated how beautiful and diverse it is.  So last weekend, we spent a couple of days playing tourists and visited some of the famous sites that people travel across the world to see. We also got a chance to visit with some dear friends.

We spent a day with the kids at the California Academy of Sciences.  Amazing!  Within this glass enclosed building (compound is more accurate), we visited the Aquarium, the Planetarium and a biosphere that mimicked the rainforest. The kids saw a show at the planetarium for the first time and LOVED it! Michael was so impressed, he asked M to get him the DVD.  Might be a bit of a challenge getting the same effects since we don't really have a 3-story screen. They were much less impressed with the rooftop garden, but I thought that was actually one of the coolest part of the CAS.

We also took them to see the sea lions at Pier 39.  They had a great time watching the sea lions laze around.  They were enamoured with 2 particularly sea lions who were wrestling and fighting to keep each other off the wooden platform. 

Then it was off to see the Golden Gate Bridge.  They wanted to walk on the bridge. Joy. Let me tell you that I must love them very much because I agreed inspite of my fear of heights.  Especially high places that are suspended by cables across a body of water and vibrate every time a car passes by.

Michael's List of Favorites in San Franscisco:
1. Planetarium show "Journey to the Stars"
2. Sea lions at Pier 39
3. Aquarium

Matthew's List of Favorites in San Francisco:
1. Everything

My favorite part of the trip was watching the boys enjoying the sites.  I love seeing them discover new things and become curious about how things work and why things work the way they do. I love to see amazement on their faces.  That was my favorite part of the trip.

View of San Francisco from the Golden Gate Bridge

Matthew with Golden Gate Bridge in the background

And because it's very hard to get good pictures with both of them in it, here's Michael and the GGB

At the Palace of Fine Arts

Being part of the fresco at the Palace of FIne Arts

Rotunda at the Palace of Fine Arts

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