A Walk in the (Golden Gate) Park

  With Betty’s aunts in town visiting from Taiwan, it’s a great time to put on the tourist hat and do things I normally don’t do. It’s always a good excuse to see things for a second or third time and enjoy it – often times many years after the first time. We spent the day walking a section of the Golden Gate Park, stopping by San Tung for lunch and wrapping up with a stroll on the Golden Gate Bridge. The first stop was the Conservatory of Flowers.

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Even with the dry spring, there was a pretty impressive display of flowers on the large lawn fields leading up to the conservatory.

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The building itself is quite beautiful in all white and well kept. We didn’t actually go inside this time, but last time I was there it had a nice variety of flora but was definitely warm and humid to keep the various plants in good health.

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We strolled past the de Young Museum, which in itself is a spectacular piece of art.

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Again, unfortunately we didn’t get to spend time in the Academy of Sciences, one of my all-time favorite attractions. But from in front of the de Young, you could see Sutro Tower peaking over the hill and the living rooftop of the academy.

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We decided to take a stroll in the Japanese Tea Gardens. The iconic pagodas and stone lanterns are originals from the early 1900’s and are kept very well.

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DSC01460Walking behind the path, you get a spectacular view of the pagoda with the sun on its back and the trees framing the shot perfectly.

DSC01477 The buddha statue is equally impressive and in great shape.

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Interesting fact is that the Hagiwara family lived on the 5 acre land until 1942 when he was forced to leave. It’s amazing that people would continue to take such care to preserve a unique piece of Japanese culture within our city.

Our next stop was the Rose Garden, which was really more of a patch of land with 8-10 patches or roses, but nonetheless there were a bunch in blossom. On our way there, we took a short detour to see Stow Lake where we saw a bunch of people on peddle boats and row boats.

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Finally, we made it to the Golden Gate Bridge for the iconic shots. The weather was perfect!

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