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MURALS OF SF
A walk down San Francisco city streets and alleys offers more than just linear pathways to local destinations. Along the walls of buildings and residential houses of the Mission District, there are more than 600 local murals filled with colorful beauty and social political narratives canvas. The perfect way to experience one of the most artful destinations in North America.
San Francisco Ballet’s sparkling production of Nutcracker, set in the “City by the Bay,” has introduced audiences of all ages to the magnificent world of ballet, and to the world-class SF team. This holiday season, experience the beauty and athleticism of SF Ballet’s international cast of world-class dancers in Nutcracker, a San Francisco tradition since 1944.
Whether you’re looking towards it or looking out from it, Alcatraz provides an iconic and sometimes haunting view of San Francisco Bay. Once there, enter the once-home of infamous maximum-security prisoners, and recount the history of the island and its most famous inmates: Machine Gun Kelly, Al Capone and the Birdman of Alcatraz to name but a few. #ConciergeChoice
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SAN FRANCISCO VIEWS
The Golden Gate Bridge is perhaps the most iconic structure that defines the city of San Francisco. But after seeing millions of postcard and magazine images featuring the famed suspension bridge, where do you go for that picture-perfect shot yourself? Our Concierge has put together five of the best locations in the Bay Area to snap a magnifique image of the icon herself.
Topping our list is the view from Fort Baker (1) on the Marin County side, one of the hidden coves that boasts a million dollar view of the Golden Gate Bridge. Equally as popular is Fort Point (2), which will give you a great view of the bridge as seen from below; Baker Beach (3), is a less well known site for a great up-close snap. Also a favorite is Hawk’s Hill (4), a former military lookout point perched atop one of the many mountain tops that overlook the serene Marin Headlands to the north and San Francisco Bay to the South. Finally, on the Marin County side you will find Battery Spencer (5), for that “postcard” shot of the Golden Gate Bridge known the world over. Go explore!
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ART OF BULGARI
Blame it on our French heritage, but we love magnifique jewelry. Our concierge in San Francisco highly recommend a visit to the de Young Museum for their spectacular new exhibit, ‘The Art of Bulgari: La Dolce Vita and Beyond, 1950—1990’. Pictured is a 1969 brooch of gold and platinum with turquoise, sapphires, and diamonds. How magnifique!
Bulgari Heritage Collection © Antonio Barrella Studio Orizzonte Roma, c/o De Young Museum.
BULGARI BY THE BAY
Fabulously patriotic: These Bulgari ’Star Spangled Banner’ earrings - gold with coral, lapis lazuli, and diamonds - are coming our way courtesy of de Young Museum. They, and approximately 150 other show-stopping pieces from the storied Italian jeweler Bulgari will be on display at the upcoming exhibition, The Art of Bulgari: La Dolce Vita & Beyond, 1950–1990 opening September 21 in San Francisco. We can’t wait!
GABRIELLE ”COCO” CHANEL
Born 130 years ago today, the late, great Coco Chanel of course needs no introduction. Over four decades since the Parisian couturier’s death, such is the influence of the woman with dark bobbed hair and blazing red lips, that the closely-guarded archives of the prestigious House of Chanel continue to be reviewed, relished and referenced year after year.
In memory of the legend, each Sofitel around North America will celebrate with special fashion events, fragrance, flower or more. We’ll share our favorites right here on Tumblr. Magnifique!
BEYOND BELIEF IN SF
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (one of our favorites) is featuring an exhibit that journeys into the far-reaching connections between ‘spirituality and modern and contemporary art’. Featuring diverse works by artists ranging from early 20th-century visionaries and leading postwar and contemporary artists, Beyond Belief offers a fresh new vision of familiar and lesser-known works from SFMOMA’s collection.
If you walk into a library space with artwork and titles on all of the things we love (design, architecture, art and fashion), you will know you have arrived at a Sofitel.
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MURALS OF SF
We are big fans of the ‘Avenida del Rio’ tile mural in San Francisco, which is part of an ongoing program combining the public art and environmental education initiatives along the historic Mission Creek Corridor. Adding a little touch of Europe to the area, the Mission Creek Corridor follows the trace of an artisian spring-fed creek, which drains from Twin Peaks to the San Francisco Bay. The water now flows in the underground system, but this may all change in the future as the area is further enhanced. Artists for this mosaic were Lillian Sizemore and Laurel True.
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