We were in San Francisco over the weekend to visit my oldest son. Had such a great time seeing everything! I took a lot of photos, so will have a blog post or two on the city in the future. For now, I’ll leave you with shots of Union Square decorated for Christmas.
The white column is the Dewey Monument that commemorates Admiral George Dewey’s victory at the Battle of Manila Bay during the Spanish–American War.
According to Wiki, the statue at the top of the monument, “Victory”, was modeled after Alma de Bretteville, a Danish-American stenographer and artist’s model. She eventually married one of San Francisco’s richest citizens, Adoph Spreckels.
Union Square was built in 1850 and got its name because it was once used for rallies supporting the Union Army during the American Civil War. It is a California Historical Landmark.
The long line of people is for the skating rink (not visible).
The Westin St. Francis Hotel, built in 1908! I love the architecture of San Francisco so much.
I thought the palms in front were lit so beautifully.
This was inside the hotel lobby. It revolved to music and mesmerized everyone.
The Macy’s store is huge and there’s more than one in the square. I thought the windows looked so pretty with the wreaths. Can you imagine hanging all those?
Here you can get an idea of the scale. See the people in the windows? That kind of blew my mind.
Union Square is also where you can buy tickets for most of San Francisco’s performing arts the day of the performance at a discounted rate.
Not sure which store this is, but I love the tree and all the purple.
The Peanuts gang was in a window around the corner:
Random tidbit: Union Square boasts the world’s first underground parking garage and was designed by Timothy Pflueger.
My favorite place to see Christmas decorations is Rockefeller Plaza, but I have to say Union Square is a close second.
Happy Holidays, everyone! I’ll be back after the New Year.