Sacramento Journals

Sacramento: P corner 10th

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A July 2006 trip to Sacramento by SeenThat

Sacramento Zoo Photo, Sacramento, California More Photos
Quote: Are less than five hours in a town enough to explore its main sights? I checked that in Sacramento.

A Perfect Grid

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Chinese Style Photo, Sacramento, California
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Would I be able to loose my way in a city designed as a perfect grid? With streets named with the alphabet letters in perfect order and crisscrossed by numbered streets strictly following the natural numbers order, my goal seemed to be a difficult – if not impossible task. At the moment I realized that, the city lost its magic. The eternal appeal of new places was not functioning here; serendipity seemed to be a foreign concept in Sacramento. There was no chance to enjoy this short visit to a still unknown city.After a few minutes of such useless thoughts, I found myself still staring at the dull P and 10 junction signs. Back into reality, I began searching for adventures in a perfect grid. Ma...Read More

Starbucks

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Restaurant

Westfield Shopping Center Photo, Sacramento, California
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Interesting comparisons can be made between similar establishments located in different cities or countries. Starbucks Bangkok – for example – offers pumpkin flavored coffee in beautiful china cups and comfortable coaches places in well decorated spaces. After visiting several Starbucks branches in the USA, I did not expect anything but paper cups and a long line of customers. Yet, in Sacramento, even that seemed to be too much.The coffee served was as good as in any other Starbucks’ branch. The cakes, cookies, and other snacks were obviously fresh and of high quality. However, the place was oppressingly narrow; it didn’t offer the necessary space to relax and enjoy the steaming, aromatic cup ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on May 21, 2007

Sacramento Zoo

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Attraction

Sacramento Zoo Photo, Sacramento, California
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I am not usually attracted to caged animals, however my visit to Sacramento was short and I couldn’t be too picky. The zoo offers plenty of educational activities for children, and I have little doubt the place has been designed and rightly so – mainly for them. Placed at a central location within the city, the zoo offered a perfect solution for my sightseeing plans. In the hour I dedicated to the place, it was impossible to study the many animals there, but the visit was a welcomed and pleasant green break within an urban experience. Its superb location near the State Capitol made reaching the zoo a breeze. An oddity telling sign of our times was the Cell-Phone Safari Tour; unluckily, lacking such...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 21, 2007

Sacramento Zoo
3930 West Land Park Drive
Sacramento, California 95822
(916) 808-5888

Crocker Art Museum

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Attraction | "The Crocker Art Museum"

Chinese Style Photo, Sacramento, California
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One of the most thrilling aspects of my visit to California was the obvious Asian influence on the local culture. In San Francisco I saw a Japantown for the first time. In Berkeley most restaurants were an eclectic mix of Asian cuisines. In Oakland I tasted the best Vietnamese sandwich ever. Even Sacramento enriched that angle of my Californian experiences, as happened in my short stop at the Crocker Art Museum.I measure up a museum’s exhibition success by its ability to surprise me and transform the visit into an exciting adventure. A surprise in an art museum would mean an unexpected connection between two cultures or an unknown angle of a given artist. Crocker did it; after seeing it...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 21, 2007

Crocker Art Museum
216 O Street
Sacramento, California 95814
(916) 264-5423

Sutter's Fort SHP State Historic Park

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Attraction | "Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park"

Sacramento Zoo Photo, Sacramento, California
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One of the benefits – at least for impatient travelers – of the spectacular growth of many cities in the last century is that attractions that were once outside their limits had been swallowed and are nowadays easily reached with the metropolitan mass transport system or even by foot. The results of the swallowing are always unpredictable and can limit on the ridiculous. In Sacramento it resulted in placing a fort aimed to defend the town from external attacks very close to downtown and in its being surrounded by commercial and residential areas. Actual attackers and defenders would have an excruciatingly hard time finding each other; unless they would agree to meet at Westfields’ Starbucks for a roun...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 21, 2007

Sutter's Fort SHP State Historic Park
2701 L St
Sacramento, California 95816
(916) 445-4422