When I traveled to America with my husband and sister-in-law about 5 years old, I had one place in mind to visit- The Mission District. "The Mission" as its commonly known, is a neighbourhood in San Francisco.
I heard of this place from a documentary I watched based on "The Mission" and became fascinated by the large population of the Hispanic community and their amazing street art throughout the district, initiated by the Chicano Art Mural Movement of the 1970's.
The neighbourhood also homes San Francisco's oldest historic building- Mission San Francisco de Asis, as commonly known as Mission Dolores, founded in 1776. Mission Dolores Parish comprises both the Basilica and the Old Mission which is now a museum for all to visit. The Old Mission has lived through the Californian Gold Rush, 1848-1855 and amazingly the 1906 earthquake. My husband was in (pardon the pun) door heaven, he's a joiner/carpenter. We were told to visit the popular street Balmy Alley and The Women's Building (the first women-led non-profit arts and education community center in the country). The mural art of the Women's Building is big, beautiful and full of colour, depicting Latin American culture.
Afterwards we headed to Balmy Alley, the most concentrated collection of murals in a street, a block long. We took lots of photos of the colourful street, a great backdrop to stand in as you'll soon see. We missed out to see Clarion Alley (another street of murals) as it was getting late but I'll be back.
The Women's Building:
Side view of The Women's Building in Mission, San Francisco
Close up of the amazing mural painting on The Women's Building, Mission, San Francisco
Beautiful detail on a large scale of the Latin American culture
My favourite section of the mural- young girl wrapped up in her Latin indigenous culture
Showing the scale of the mural
Myself and my sister-in-law standing next to the huge tile mural, beautifully pieced together
Mission San Francisco de Asis
Mission Dolores Basilica
Mission Dolores Basilica grand doors.
Wall to wall, street to street of mural paintings
Close up of a mural (artist unknown)
My gorgeous sister-in-law
Popular SF street artist Sirron Norris
Poster art- Freedom to the people
The three of us shared a great time together in San Fran. Afterwards we traveled to Grass Valley where close family lives, I fell in love with this small Gold Rush town Mark Twain visited regularly, but that's another story.
San Francisco is a place I will come back to and explore more the inner hubs of the districts, visit places where the locals go because there is so much more than the tourist hot spots.
Adore Re Mi