Thursday, April 19, 2018

Panda Street Art by P.M.B.Q. Studios


I saw this art work in Downtown San Jose and thought it was cool. The art is done by P.M.B.Q Studios  They are inspired by the pandas of the Smithsonian Zoo and have been creating their own eclectic groups of pandas, characters and stories for almost the last 20 years. They were founded by artist Phuong-Mai Bui-Quang and are based in San Jose:












This is some of the coolest street art I have ever seen. It so wonderful to see it.

The National AIDS Memorial Grove


The National AIDS Memorial Grove is located in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park. It is a space in the park where anyone who has been touched directly or indirectly by AIDS can gather to heal, hope and remember in perpetuity the lives of people affected by AIDS and those who have died from it are not forgotten and the their stories is known by future generations. In October 1996, both houses of Congress passed the "AIDS Memorial Grove Act of 1996 and was signed by President Bill Clinton designating the Grove as the nation's AIDS Memorial:













The Grove is a beautiful place to reflect and remember. Hopefully, we can find a cure for this disease.


Monday, April 16, 2018

The Hidden Garden Steps



The Hidden Garden Stairs or Steps is another set of mosaic stairways in San Francisco. This set is located in the Inner Sunset at 16th and Kirkham. It was completed in 2013:












The cool thing is out of the so-called "Eight Stairways of San Francsico", I have shared five and have done six. Two more to go in my goal of doing all eight.

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Music Monday: Things I Have Been Listening To

Music Monday: Just some random tunes that I have been listening to lately








This next tune is interesting but it something I have been listening to on a daily basis. It a novelty song I heard about 25 years ago and it kind of rehashed itself in my head (I guess I am super tweeked like that upstairs):


Hope every one has a great Monday.

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Peralta Hacienda Historic Park


The Peralta Hacienda Historical Park is a six acre park in Oakland that is know as the "Birthplace of Oakland." Peralta Hacienda is a significant historical site in the East Bay or the San Francisco Bay Area as it was the first Spanish-speaking settlement in the Oakland area. The main house was built in 1870 by Antonio Peralta. The house is a museum of the era:


The original main house-Built in 1870
1830-1860 Sofa

Early 20th century Silver Saddle
1850's Chinese Trunk
1870's Parlor Chairs
Mid 19th century Meleodeon
 And the outside is very beautiful also:






The wall below is a rebuilt adobe wall. There was an adobe wall that surrounded the property but was knocked down in the great 1868 Hayward Fault Earthquake. This new adobe wall is in memory of all the people that lived there:


Peralta Hacienda Historical Park is a wonderful place and I am so glad that I got to enjoy it.