Palace of Fine Arts - a must visit place if you're visiting San Francisco. It was built more than some 90 years.
The aura of the place is very attractive. It's fun to just sit and relax on one of those benches on the side of the lagoon. It's serene.
While walking around the lagoon you almost always can encounter some birds around. The ducks, sea-gulls and pigeons are quite common ones.
These swans have almost made a permanent home at this place.
When I visited the place last year, I actually took time to see the artwork in more details as the company I was with had quite a lot of insight to share with me. That made it a fabulous visit. For example, these ones I found out were actually women and not men like I had first understood them to be. :P ok ok fine, I just thought that no shirt meant they were men, but sadly enough, when it comes to understanding art, the general principles don't always work. It turns out they are women and this you can tell from the way their bodies are sculpted in that stone.
More artwork on these extra large pillars around the main dome.
Tiny sloped hills covered with lawn surround the walk way around the lake.
The lagoon and surrounding pillars.
I think this would be one of the first places I'd shoot when I buy my first wide angle camera lens for better quality photos than this.
The palace at night. The lighting makes it look just out of the world. You gotta look at it in person to feel it.
And by the way, it is one of those special places in San Francisco where newly weds go to get their professional photos taken with beautiful studio-like backgrounds such as this one.
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