Happy Birthday Simon Bolivar! See the Statue at United Nations Plaza at the Civic Center in San Francisco!

SAN FRANCISCO! (Part 1)

On my last trip to San Francisco, I stopped at the Civic Center and walked around downtown taking pictures. It was a beautiful Saturday afternoon.

Here are a few of the pictures:

San Francisco Civic Center (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

San Francisco Civic Center and City Hall (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Asian American Art Museum in San Francisco (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Asian Art Museum in San Francisco (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

 

State of California Building in San Francisco (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

State of California Building in San Francisco (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

 

Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY SIMON BOLIVAR!

Simon Bolivar Statue at United Nations Plaza at the Civic Center in San Francisco

Simon Bolivar Statue in San Francisco (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Simon Bolivar Statue in San Francisco (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

As I was walking around Grosvernor Square, I came upon United Nations Plaza and the statue-monument of Simon Bolivar. Now you’re probably wondering who he was…

Simon Bolivar Statue in San Francisco (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Simon Bolivar Statue in San Francisco (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

WHO WAS SIMON BOLIVAR?

Simon Bolivar Statue in San Francisco (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Simon Bolivar Statue in San Francisco (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Simon Jose Antonio de la Santisima Trinidad Bolivar y Palacios Ponte y Blanco aka Simon Bolivar  24 July 1783 – 17 December 1830

He liberated Venezuela, Colombia (including Panama at the time), Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia (a country named after him) from the Spanish Empire and helped lay the foundation for democracy in Latin America. He was President and Dictator of the Gran Colombia Republic from 1819-1830.

Simon Bolivar Statue in San Francisco (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Simon Bolivar Statue in San Francisco (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Simon Bolivar Statue in San Francisco (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Simon Bolivar Statue in San Francisco (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

NOTE: There is a statue just like this one in Bolivar Plaza in Caracas, Venezuela. There are other statues, monuments, plazas, squares and streets in honor of him all over the world.

Simon Bolivar Statue in San Francisco (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

United Nations Plaza at the Civic Center in San Francisco (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

WHAT SAN FRANCISCO DOESN’T WANT YOU TO SEE:

Simon Bolivar Statue in San Francisco (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

“Wha’Cha Need?” at the Simon Bolivar Statue in San Francisco (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

There’s a HUGE homeless population in the city of San Francisco! Go back to the first picture and you’ll see people sleeping on the lawn and hanging out on the plaza. Everywhere you go in the city there are homeless! Many of them are in need of serious mental health services!

The picture of the homeless at the statue (above) is actually a picture of an open-air drug market! While I was walking around taking pictures, I witnessed deals going down here and at other locations at the UN Plaza. Although not unexpected, I was surprised by the obvious nature of their unlawful enterprise and the lack of police presence and attention. While I did see a pair of cops walking down by the fountain, you can see in the picture that the dealers operate without concern for keeping it undercover….

San Francisco is a beautiful and historic city, but the terrible traffic, the huge homeless population and the current urban blight really takes the shine off the city by the bay.

Simon Bolivar Statue in San Francisco (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Simon Bolivar Statue, “California” and City Hall in San Francisco (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

As a final note, I didn’t know it was Simon Bolivar’s birthday when I started this blog, so that’s either a happy coincidence or something else….

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Bad weather? Missed Flight? Travel Emergency? Who ya gonna to call?

Bad weather? Missed Flight? Travel Emergency? Who ya gonna to call?

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28-MAY-13: Church of the Trinity, Stratford-upon-Avon, England

Church of the Trinity – Stratford-upon-Avon, England

Church of the Trinity - Stratford-upon-Avon, England

Church of the Trinity – Stratford-upon-Avon, England

Shakepeare is buried here!

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15-APR-13: Washington Monument

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In Honor of “Big Brother In Your Pocket” Day…..

Washington Monument (copyright 2010 JoshWillTravel)

Washington Monument – Washington D.C. (copyright 2010 JoshWillTravel)

The Washington Monument  is the most prominent structure in Washington, D.C.

The 555-foot, 5-1/8″ marble obelisk was built between 1848 and 1884 as a tribute to George Washington’s military leadership from 1775-1783 during the American Revolution. He led the Continental Army to victory, and then became the nation’s first president under the Constitution.  Construction took place in two major phases, 1848-56, and 1876-84.  The monument was dedicated on February 21, 1885, and officially opened to the public on October 9, 1888. http://www.nps.gov/nr/travel/wash/dc72.htm

The Washington Monument was closed for repairs from damage caused by the 5.8 magnitude earthquake on August 23, 2011, but is now open again.

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08-APR-13: U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum – Washington D.C.

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“For the dead and the living we must bear witness”

Holocaust Remembrance Day is today: Monday, April 8, 2013.

Holocaust  Museum - Washington D.C.

Hall of Photographs at the Holocaust Memorial Museum – Washington D.C.

“NEVER AGAIN!”  Days of Remembrance, April 7–14, 2013

Congress established the Days of Remembrance as the annual commemoration of the Holocaust and created the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum as a permanent living memorial to the victims. Holocaust remembrance week is April 7–14, 2013

A living memorial to the Holocaust, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum inspires citizens and leaders worldwide to confront hatred, prevent genocide, and promote human dignity.  Located among our national monuments to freedom on the National Mall, the Museum provides a powerful lesson in the fragility of freedom, the myth of progress, and the need for vigilance in preserving democratic values.  The Museum teaches millions of people each year about the dangers of unchecked hatred and the need to prevent genocide.  And they are encouraged to act, cultivating a sense of moral responsibility among our citizens so that they will respond to the monumental challenges that confront our world.  Since its dedication in 1993, the Museum has welcomed more than 30 million visitors, including more than 9 million school children and 91 heads of state. Today 90 percent of the Museum’s visitors are not Jewish, and the museum’s website, the world’s leading online authority on the Holocaust, on average receives visits from over 100 different countries daily.

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum - Eternal Flame - Washington D.C. (copyright 2010 JoshWillTravel)

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Eternal Flame in the Hall of Remembrance – Washington D.C. (copyright 2010 JoshWillTravel)

“Only guard yourself and guard your soul carefully, lest you forget the things your eyes saw, and lest these things depart your heart all the days of your life.  And you shall make them known to your children, and to your children’s children.”

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21-MAR-13: Washington Monument and the Reflecting Pool

The Washington Monument and the Reflecting Pool – National Mall, Washington D.C.

Washington Monument, Reflecting Pool from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial - Washington D.C. (copyright 2010 Joshua Weisel)

Washington Monument and the Reflecting Pool from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial – Washington D.C. (copyright 2010 JoshWillTravel)

The Washington Monument is the most prominent structure in Washington, D.C.

The 555-foot, 5-1/8″ marble obelisk was built between 1848 and 1884 as a tribute to George Washington’s military leadership from 1775-1783 during the American Revolution. He led the Continental Army to victory, and then became the nation’s first president under the Constitution.  Construction took place in two major phases, 1848-56, and 1876-84.  The monument was dedicated on February 21, 1885, and officially opened to the public on October 9, 1888. http://www.nps.gov/nr/travel/wash/dc72.htm

The Washington Monument was closed for repairs from damage caused by the 5.8 magnitude earthquake on August 23, 2011, but is now open again!

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17-MAR-13: Ireland! Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Who wants to go to Ireland?

HAPPY ST. PATRICK’S DAY!  Don’t Drink and Drive!

Ireland, green fields, a rainbow and sheep!

Ireland: lush green fields, a rainbow (maybe a pot of gold) and sheep!

Visit the Emerald Isle!

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15-MAR-13: Lincoln Memorial

“A soothsayer bids you beware the ides of March.” ~ Brutus

Lincoln Memorial - Washington D.C. (photos copyright 2010 JoshWillTravel)

Lincoln Memorial – Washington D.C. (photos copyright 2010 JoshWillTravel)

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