Wednesday, July 10, 2013

WEEK 13 - ARCHITECTURE

 This week I had the pleasure of touring San Francisco and Santa Rosa for a friend's wedding. San Francisco was a treat (no pun intended) of varying architecture. A eclectic mix of the old and the new. Bear with me, since I couldn't choose just one favorite, while I give you an architectural mini-tour of our trip.

 
We started at Detroit Metro Airport. The ceiling in the McNamara Terminal.
The ceiling intrigued me.

It's a good thing because I had a few extra unplanned hours to stare at it.
 
 
Driving through wine country. I liked the intricate lines of this bridge. Thankfully McKenna is handy with a camera so I didn't have to stop.
 
She captured just what I wanted to remember!
 
 
Korbel Champagne Cellars. Absolutely beautiful grounds surrounded by redwoods. History and nature and culture and wonderful food from the delicatessen to be enjoyed on the patio all in one stop!
 
 
I love wrought iron. It is beautiful even when aged and rusting. Character. Strength. Elegance.
 
Another McKenna capture (I hope you don't mind my inclusion of her shots. I will give her credit. Often she was forced to put down her book and take pictures of things I wanted to remember because I couldn't shoot and drive.........safely...)
 
 
 
I loved the light at the end of this tunnel. Though the curved tunnel was more fun to drive, this was definitely more picturesque.
 
McKenna captured this well through the front window of the car!

 
The Golden Gate Bridge. We didn't walk it. We ran out of time. We did drive over it one way to Santa Rosa in the wee hours of the morning. (We don't have any pictures of that.) We drove back the other way Sunday afternoon.
 
McKenna took a series of pictures while we drove up to and across it.
This is one of my favorites. 
 
 
Sunday afternoon we took a hop-on/hop-off tour.
 Sitting in the top of an open bus was a great way to see San Francisco downtown.
We didn't ever "hop-off" but took the opportunity to capture the sights. I thoroughly enjoyed the diversity in architectural style.
 
 
Our tour guide described this building as books lined up on a bookshelf.
 
 

 
I love columns. Classical Greek style Ionic capitals on the columns. AND I love sunshine and the moment that individual rays of light are distinguished.
 
An image that captures both!

 
Ornate arches - Roman inspiration.  

 
No simple or clean lines on this building. It makes me think of Europe.
 
 

 
The Transamerica Pyramid.

 
Saint Francis of Assisi Church.

 
 We were waiting on the corner for the historic trolley to pick us up. I found these houses built on the hill very captivating.
 
Thus ends our tour.
 
 I hope you have enjoyed the sights of San Francisco and the wine country around Santa Rosa.
 
 
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