Saturday, July 16, 2011

san francisco: mission dolores

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Justin in front of the Old Mission.
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The old and the new.
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The beautifully ornate Basilica.
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Justin & Tracy heading inside to take a peek.
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We stopped by Mission Dolores to see the oldest building in San Francisco. We only had a few minutes to walk around and take pictures (and I think that neither of us had any cash), so we didn't do the tour of the Old Mission building which was built in 1776. We couldn't really get a peek into the Basilica either because there was a service taking place. Maybe we will make some time to do visit again next time we are up in San Francisco. I'm glad that we saw it, though. It is amazing how well the original building has been restored. I really like the contrast between the Old Mission and the Basilica next door which was built in the early 1900's.

Friday, July 15, 2011

san francisco: clarion alley murals

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This made me think of a 19th century Spanish Medusa.
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Ghandi
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Tracy & Justin
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This looks like the cover of a Spanish romance novel.
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While we were there, an artist was starting to work on a new mural in the alley.
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This was one of my favorites in Clarion Alley--the artist painted the alley inside of the shadow.
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Black & White
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This mural gave me Dr. Seuss vibes.
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"Death is a laughable impossibility." I did some research and found out that this is a reference to Tennyson on transcendence.
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I really liked the mosiac look of this mural.
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"The same wind that uproots trees makes the grasses shine."
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This is my favorite from Clarion Alley--I love the detail.
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I liked this mural because it reminded me of the movie Metropolis.
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This wins the award for the creepiest mural--possibly even without the spider webs!
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After Clarion Alley, we headed over to Bi-Rite for some ice cream. We had Toasted Coconut, Roasted Banana, Salted Caramel, and Coffee Toffee. They were all amazing!

Clarion Alley was right next door to Bar Tartine, and it was a great spot to stroll through right after brunch. While I loved the Balmy Street murals, Justin preferred the art that we saw in Clarion Alley. We had the chance to talk to an artist working on a new mural, and we learned about the Clarion Alley Mural Project (CAMP). I just love this whole concept of art/graffiti that beautifies the city. It adds so much character to the neighborhood, and I would imagine that it builds support for the artists themselves.

We had so much fun visiting these murals, and thank you again to Rose, Tracy, & Colin for taking us around the Mission all day!