Wednesday, December 28, 2011

What are you doing New Year's Eve?

Well, if you're in San Francisco for New Year's Eve, then there are at least 925 things for you to do according to San Francisco Travel. And, if you're concerned about transportation, all MUNI lines and routes are free on New Year's Eve from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. (for more information check out MUNI's website.)

Friday, December 9, 2011

Mummies Know the Way to San Jose

The Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum is located in San Jose and contains the largest collection of Egyptian artifacts on exhibit in the Western US. The museum is located in Rosicrucian Park, which includes a planetarium (closed), temple, research library and peace garden. The Rosicrucian Order is not a religious order, but a "non-sectarian body of men and women who study the elusive mysteries of life and the universe." 

The buildings are very exotic looking being designed in either an Egyptian or Moorish style. The design pf  Rosicrucian Museum was inspired by the Temple of Amon at Karnak. The Rosicrucian Park features lots of roses among other trees, plants and flowers. The parking lot for the museum is across the street; parking is free.

The museum features a well-rounded collection from tiny artifacts to actual mummies. There are also artifacts from other neighboring cultures of the ancient Egyptians. There are a number of large artifacts in the museum which are replicas of actual artifacts, including a replica Rosetta Stone. The museum even features a replica Egyptian tomb, which takes you from one side of the museum to the other.

The museum also features a small gift shop and is currently showing the art exhibit Vibrations by Maria Butina. You can also take pictures in the museum as long as you don't use a tripod or flash.




Better Late Than Never

So, it's been a while since I came back from my last trip to California and I'm just getting around to writing my posts. I did try to post while I was on vacation, but for some reason the BlogPress app on my iPhone/iPad wouldn't post what I wrote. Now that the weather at home has gotten cold and is only going to get colder, I'm definitely California dreaming. So, I will be reliving my last vacation through my upcoming posts over the next few weeks. Enjoy, especially if this winter's day is making you dream of California, too.