|In search of the rich past|
On Sunday, June 4, our friends Jill and Jerry took us on a tour of the city showing us many of the tourist attractions which we have not had the time or the maturity to enjoy when we lived here growing up. It was wonderful!
We also pursued a more serious tour of chasing the remaining shadows of the Panama Pacific International Exhibition. As I've noted in an earlier entry, the fair's exhibits were intended to be temporary. They were made of burlap covered with Plaster of Paris. Some, like the Legion of Honor and the Palace of Fine Arts were made more permanent in later decades. The Palace of Fine Arts has become a beloved San Francisco landmark. The Palace Of the Legion of Honor also, but to a lesser extent. The Legion of Honor has also been rebuilt, albeit in a different location, made permanent and is also an art museum.
|Palace of Fine Arts|
|The Palace of the Legion of Honor|
We are looking for some of the lesser-known sites. First we traveled to the
|Moscone Recreation Center site of Panama Canal Model|
|Athletic Fields at Moscone Recreation Center|
|Model of Panama Canal 1915 PPIE|
|Tea House at the Fair|
|Japanese Exhibit to PPIE|
|Wallpaper in The Van's|
I was told that the interior features some of the original woodwork and original wallpaper of the 1915 teahouse remain.
|The Van's, Interior woodwork|
In addition the meal was superb. It was reasonably priced, the tables were set with white tablecloths, it was quiet enough to engage in pleasant conversation and the food was delicious. For dessert the four of us split a large slice of cheesecake. I have to say it was the best cheesecake I have ever had. (Sorry Mom and Linda.) The restaurant seemed to be enjoying a brisk business, although I have to say that given the quality of the food and the ambience I'm surprised (but glad) it was not more crowded.
Jill and Linda contemplating the best
On Monday I traveled back to Oakland to check on the Ranchero. A report on the progress of the work will be the subject of a later blog entry. I want to be more sure of the outcome. Suffice it to say it has been a roller coaster ride, one that I want to get off. However, I think we are here for the week. Oh well!