Lydie's Passport


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About Me & My Family

We are a French family who has been living in the US for 15 years. We spend all our summers in France, visiting our family as well as other European countries. I write travel books and I am having lots of fun doing that. So far I published two: 'Your Guide to Visit Paris for Free' and 'Your Guide to Visit San Francisco for Free', both available on
Our Family's Travel Personality
curious, structured, independent, energetic, scheduled, artsy
We Just Got Back From
Venice, Italy, Paris, France
Our Favorite Vacation Spot
A Place We'd Love To Visit
Favorite Vacation Memory
Australia. It just felt perfect and we got to see Ayers Rock: a dream come true.
Worst Travel Moment With My Kids:
Thais having a very smelly bowel movement in her diaper while listening to our guide at the Sydnedy Opera House and throwing up right after that on the beautiful Sydney Opera Floor (she was 4 months old)
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2009 Museum Exhibits in the San Francisco Bay Area

The San Francisco Bay Area will be hosting very high quality exhibitions this summer. Make your pick with your children to make it an enjoyable family moment.


151 Third Street (between Mission and Howard Streets)
San Francisco, California

Georgia O’Keefe and Ansel Adams till September 07,2009 From May 30-Sept. 7, 2009, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) will present “Georgia O'Keeffe and Ansel Adams: Natural Affinities,” an exhibition examining the relationship between the work of two of America's most celebrated artists, as well as the momentous period of American Modernism to which they both contributed. “Georgia O'Keeffe and Ansel Adams: Natural Affinities” consists of some 100 works by O'Keeffe and Adams and focuses on the parallels between their work. Among the O'Keeffe works on view will be Black Mesa Landscape, New Mexico/Out Back of Marie's II (1930) and Ranchos Church No. 1 (1929), paintings that pair quite naturally with Adams' well-known landscape Winter Sunrise, the Sierra Nevada from Lone Pine, California (1944) and his Saint Francis Church, Ranchos de Taos, New Mexico (c. 1929).

reviewed on: July 07 2009

"Nice but not great"
I like the SF MOMA but I do not love it. I am always left longing for more 'famous' paintings. They can have great exhibitions though: the Frida Khalo exhibition was spectacular.
As for the children, my two daughters always enjoyed their visit to the MOMA. I would not recommend it with busy toddlers.


50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive
San Francisco, California

More than 3,000 years after his reign, and 30 years after the original exhibition opened in San Francisco, Tutankhamun, ancient Egypt’s celebrated “boy king,” returns to the de Young Museum., a glorious exhibition of over 130 outstanding works from the tomb of Tutankhamun, as well as those of his royal predecessors, his family, and court officials. Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs includes many new and exciting elements not seen in previous versions of the exhibition, including a revised version of the catalogue, a new audio tour, and additional artifacts from Tutankhamun’s tomb. Note that the Death Mask is not part of the exhibition; it stays in the Cairo Museum and does not travel anymore.

reviewed on: November 30 2009

"An enjoyable experience"
The DeYoung is located in the beautiful Golden Gate Park so there is plenty of things to do after the museum visit. We were not into the American impressionism but we really enjoyed the rest of the art: primitive, African, and especially the Glass Art. My kids really spent a while admiring them. There are plenty of pieces that will fascinate the children and will make the visit to this museum a very pleasant one. Do not forget to take the elevator to the Observatory Tower: San Francisco at your feet!
Avoid their parking garage: no validation and expensive.


685 Mission Street at Third Street
San Francisco, California

American Icons: Bay Area through July 11th, 2009 “American Icons: Bay Area” honors the accomplishments of two legendary San Franciscans: Willie Mays and Willie Brown. Through excellence and perseverance, Willie Mays and Willie Brown resisted the status quo, broke records and shattered stereotypes. Willie Mays, centerfielder for the Giants for 20 years, broke records in hits and homeruns, played in 24 All Star games, and is considered by many to be the greatest all-around player of all time. Willie Brown became the first African American and longest serving Speaker of the Assembly in California state history. Then during his two terms as Mayor of San Francisco, Brown renovated public transportation, revitalized urban development, and built the Giants current stadium.


200 Larkin Street (between Fulton and McAllister Streets)
San Francisco, California

Lords of the Samurai, through September 20 Lords of the Samurai takes an intimate look at the daimyo, or provincial lords of the warrior class in feudal Japan. The Hosokawa clan, powerful military nobles with a 600-year-old lineage, embodied this duality of fierce warrior and refined gentleman. The exhibition features more than 160 works from the Hosokawa family collection housed in Eisei-Bunko Museum in Tokyo, and from Kunamoto Castle and the Kumamoto Municipal Museum in Kyushu. Objects on view include suits of armor, armaments (including swords and guns), formal attire, calligraphy, paintings, tea wares, lacquerware, masks, and musical instruments. The Asian Art Museum is the only US venue for this exhibition.

reviewed on: December 11 2009

"Nice museum"
I have seen beautiful exhibitions at the Asian Art Museum. I wish I knew more about Asian Art so I can appreciate more what is showed in this museum. I visited it with my daughter's class for a field trip and the amount of information I learned from the docent was phenomenal. I wish I could do that everytime I go there.


750 Mission Street
San Francisco, California

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (YBCA) presents Push Play featuring two exhibitions – Nick Cave: Meet Me at the Center of the Earth through July 5, a wildly imaginative collection of wearable sculptures created from everyday materials, and WallWorks through October 18, an exhibition by several renowned artists commissioned to create works of art directly on the walls of YBCA’s landmark Fumihiko Maki Galleries Building. A series of world music concerts and sports-themed films complete this dynamic summer series of contemporary arts.

reviewed on: September 18 2009

"many things to do"
The Yerba Buena Gardens holds my children all time favorite playground. And my least one! There are so many children running around that I am always afraid that one will get hurt. And that happened to the little one who got run over by an older kid. Other than that, between the ice skating place, the Zeum, the fountain, the free concerts that are held regularly on the lawn, and  many things that I forget, it is a place to breathe and stop with the kids while visiting San Francisco.


JFK Drive, Golden Gate Park
San Francisco, California

Edible Expeditions through November 1,2009 It’s a chance to see food in the wild as visitors take a discovery journey of edible plants from around the world. Arranged in lush demonstration gardens, Edible Expeditions highlights the many delicious products that we enjoy from tropical countries like chocolate, vanilla, coffee, rice and spices galore. Interactive demonstrations help visitors understand how their food goes from vine to dine. And families will enjoy the many hands on Edibilicious activities that allow children to explore tropical roots, fruits, leaves and seeds with their senses.

reviewed on: December 03 2009

"Very interesting with always interesting exhibitis"
We love the Conservatory of Flowers. It is located in the beautiful Golden Gate Park and if you go on a Sunday, you will not have to share the park with cars. The Conservatory is on the small side but we keep coming back because they have wonderful exhibitions.  My children are still talking of the Butterflies exhibit they saw years ago. We walked in butterflies heaven.
Right now and till April 18,2010, they are hosting the Golden Gate Express Garden Railway. It is a miniature railway layout, with a train driving along the San Francisco landmarks. This is simply amazing.  Love the sounds and the fog! Their attention to details is amazing and we loved that they reuse, recycle, and repurposed materials.
We had lots of fun playing a game of I SPY.
Do not miss it.


557 McReynolds Road
Sausalito, California

Children of Hangzhou: Connecting with China exhibition through September 13. Designed for kids ages 2 – 12, it’s a hands-on exploration of a modern city in China, as seen through the eyes of four children. Children can explore school, home, theater, library and a farm, all set against a beautiful backdrop of traditional Chinese paintings. They can try out some of their everyday activities: write Chinese, cook with grandmother, explore computer games, plant rice, and perform in a traditional Chinese opera! Hangzhou combines the best of old and new, rustic countryside and modern urban center.

reviewed on: December 11 2009

"Very charming kid place"
We have not been many times to the Bay Area Discovery Museum but every time we did, my children always had a great time. There have often special performances going on. The indoors exhibitions are really interesting and the indoors ones will keep your children busy for a long time while you relax, admiring the view. They are free every December 26th so that is a good moment to check them out,.


557 McReynolds Road
Sausalito, California

Animal Gross logy through September 6 Enter the world of the gross: a larger-than-life adventure that will require all your senses—including humor. It’s a whole-body experience that brings to life the gritty, engrossing facts behind—well, behinds, and other animal body parts.

reviewed on: December 11 2009

"Very charming kid place"
We have not been many times to the Bay Area Discovery Museum but every time we did, my children always had a great time. There have often special performances going on. The indoors exhibitions are really interesting and the indoors ones will keep your children busy for a long time while you relax, admiring the view. They are free every December 26th so that is a good moment to check them out,.


886 Cannery Row
Monterey, California

Evening by the Bay: Saturdays and Sunday through September 6 This summer, enjoy the Aquarium with fewer crowds as you stroll through the galleries with a glass of wine. From 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on each evening, you’ll enjoy live music from Monterey Jazz Festival musicians, wine and beer bar in the Marine Mammal Hall, and espresso cart featuring an expanded menu for a light dinner or snack

reviewed on: April 28 2009

"Interesting and fun"
It is hard to pick that we liked best: the jellyfish, the otters (do not miss the feeding!), the sharks, the eels (ugly but fascinating to watch) or the divers cleaning the windows!!!!
One of the places in the Bay Area that you do not want to miss. The whole family will have a nice time.


736 Mission Street
San Francisco, California

Chagall and the Artists of the Russian Jewish Theater, 1919-1949 through September 7, 2009 Organized by the Jewish Museum, New York, Chagall and the Artists of the Russian Jewish Theater, 1919-1949 is the first exhibition devoted to the extraordinary artwork created for Russian Jewish theater productions in the 1920s and 1930s. The exhibition will bring to light a remarkable period in the early years of the Soviet Union when innovative visual artists, including Marc Chagall, Natan Altman, and Robert Falk joined forces with avant-garde playwrights, actors, and theatrical producers to create a theater experience with extraordinary mass appeal. Through paintings, costume and set designs, posters, photographs, film clips and theater ephemera - many of which have never been exhibited before- Chagall and the Artists of the Russian Jewish Theater, 1919-1949 will capture an exhilarating but fleeting moment in the cultural history of the Soviet Union.

reviewed on: October 13 2009

"Their exhibitions are always interesting"
We really like this museum. I love the downtown location and easy access via public transportation. They have nice exhibitions all the time and there is a nice turnaround. The exhibitions and galleries are small and therefore not overwhelming. I can not remember my children complaining about anything they have seen there. Once, they had an exhibition on Jewish plates and I thought that would be a turn off for my children. They actually loved it. Less is more and I think they always get it right. We loved the Maurice Sendak, Chagall, Andy Warhol exhibitions. Their latest is Curious George saves the Day. Well worth seeing. The CJM team has created a suitcase full of activities to get the children interested in the exhibition and it proves to be a success. My children had a great time exploring the exhibition using the tools provided to them and ended up strolling it on their own, giving me some time to do the same.