Friday, January 28, 2011

Beautiful Monterey and Carmel

The latest edition of "Rick's Tips," Blue Heron's quarterly newsletter of fun things to do in San Francisco, the Bay Area, and Northern California, was released today.  It focuses on travel in and around the Monterey Peninsula.  You can read the newsletter by clicking on the title of this post.  To receive your free copy of future editions of the newsletter, click on the subscription link in the newsletter.  If you would like to take a private Monterey and Carmel tour, contact Blue Heron Custom Tours and Travel at (866) 326-4237 (toll free) or

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

New Andy Goldsworthy Work Underway

Two years ago, I wrote about Andy Goldworthy's three pieces in the Bay Area.  A new installation by the Scottish artist is now underway at the Presidio.  Wood Line is composed of eucalyptus branches connected in a curving line through the Presidio's forest where cypress trees failed to grow.

The above photo was taken from the south end of the work, near where Lover's Lane ends at the Presidio Gate.  For more information on Andy Goldworthy's two installations at the Presidio, click here.  To see my 2009 posting on Goldsworthy's three Bay Area works click here.

If you would like to take a private San Francisco tour that includes Goldsworthy's three works in the city, Spire, Wood Line, and Drawn Stone, contact Blue Heron Custom Tours and Travel at (866) 326-4237 (toll free) or

Monday, January 10, 2011

Grand Opening of Restored Palace of Fine Arts

After an extensive renovation and restoration, the colonnade and rotunda of the Palace of Fine Arts will reopen to the public this Friday, January 14.  Yesterday, I had a chance to get a preview of the restoration work.  I am happy to report that the Palace has never looked better.

The seismically strengthened structure has been cleaned and repainted, had new landscaping installed, and now more accurately reflects Bernard Maybeck's original Palace.  The gold dome can be seen from afar, the rotunda is now safe to walk under, and the sculptures have been cleared of decades of grime.

 In addition, the lagoon looks terrific and is full of water fowl including three swans.

If you have not visited the Palace in awhile, I highly recommend you walk on by.  If the day is nice, have a picnic on the lawn by the lagoon.  If you want to take a tour of San Francisco that includes a visit to the Place of Fine Arts, contact Blue Heron Custom Tours and Travel by e-mailing or phoning (866) 326-4237.