Monday, May 13, 2013

Meeting Fred's Relatives

On Mother's Day I dragged the kids into the city to the Asian Art Museum to see the Terracotta Warriors Exhibit. Dave did not have to be dragged. This outing will be forever remembered as Meeting Fred's Relatives. Fred is the life-sized replica Terracotta Warrior that greets guests in our foyer at home.

It was a beautiful day in the city and we spent an hour elbowing our way through the three very crowded exhibit spaces looking at the Warriors and their accompanying artifacts: spears, coins, helmets and suits of armor. For those of you looking for the Cliff Notes version, China's First Emperor, Qin Shihuang (259-210 BCE) built himself a vast underground tomb city guarded by a life-sized terracotta army of warriors, infantrymen, horses, chariots and all their weaponry. This tomb was accidentally discovered by Chinese farmers in 1974 and is estimated to include more than 7,000 figures and 10,000 weapons. It's fascinating. Really. It's a long trip not on my short list to get to the Chinese burial complex so I was happy to see the touring exhibit.

After the exhibit we spent a few hours eating our way through San Francisco. First stop: Civic Center Farmer's Market. Cherries are in season. Second stop: Ferry Plaza. We ate Mijito and a subset of us had Ciao Bella gelato. I just can't get excited about gelato until peaches and strawberries are in peak season. We browsed the people selling crafts in the Justin Herman Plaza outside the Hyatt Regency Embarcadero and Thing 2 played in the Vaillancourt Fountain, the very same fountain I played in as a child.

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