January 9, 2012

the palace of fine arts.

Until Saturday, we'd sort of briefly passed by the Palace of Fine Arts, but this weekend Radley and I made a point to walk around the grounds and finally learn more about the beautiful palace in the middle of the marina. It's impressive and stunning and strangely situated—located just steps from the bay.

It's just a block from busy Lombard Street, just a block from the crowded bayside park, but somehow the Palace of Fine Arts manages to be calm and quiet, a peaceful pond lined with benches and filled with stark-white swans. Sitting on its banks are artists and tourists and picnicking families—everyone using hushed voices, as if there's some unspoken rule to keep the grounds soundless and still.

As Radley so perfectly put it, the Palace of Fine Arts is Lake Ellyn-meets-Rome—Lake Ellyn being the tiny neighborhood pond beside my house. He was right, I realized, laughing, suddenly aware of why I loved it so much. I really couldn't have said it better myself.

(Photos: My Flickr)


Ria said... [Reply to comment]

These are such beautiful photos! The Palace of Fine Arts looks like a marvelous place to just sit and think, or write or even just listen to music. It seems so peaceful.

I do, I do. said... [Reply to comment]

Beautiful photos and your writings too. Thank you for sharing with us! :)

Gabriela said... [Reply to comment]

It is beautiful!!!! ANd, whay do they call it "the palace of fine arts"?
Hugs from far awayyyyyy...

sea to shining port said... [Reply to comment]

These photos are beautiful!!!


Mateus Lopes said... [Reply to comment]

very beautiful place! my city, brasília, was founded in 1960, so we don't have this kind of construction around here, lucky you!!!

Laura Marie said... [Reply to comment]

@Gabriela It's actually a theatre where they hold live events! More info on their website: http://www.palaceoffinearts.org/Welcome.html :)

L!$@ said... [Reply to comment]

That looks so beautiful there!

Aimee Katherine said... [Reply to comment]

Wow! It looks so beautiful and awesome

Sam | ashore said... [Reply to comment]

I've been here! (you know that squealey feeling of excitement you get when you recognize something in a picture?)

It's such a great little oasis among the hustle and bustle. I love places that make you think "where am I again?"

dee said... [Reply to comment]

that is beautifull!