Posts Tagged ‘LA’

Santa Monica Sunset

Thursday, June 19th, 2014

Before heading to LAX for a red-eye, we watched the sun set in Santa Monica.

Norton Simon Museum

Thursday, June 19th, 2014

The Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena, CA

Huntington Library and Botanical Gardens

Thursday, June 19th, 2014

On our last day in LA, we headed out to Pasadena so I could show Brian the Norton Simon Museum. We had also heard that the Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens was lovely, and it was open earlier, so we headed there first.

This place is absolutely gorgeous! Henry and Arabella Huntington amassed an enormous collection of rare books, art, and plants from all over the world, and it was an incredibly pleasant and peaceful place to wander around. In the library, we saw a Gutenberg Bible (among many other fascinating things). In the art collection, we saw the usual array of lovely paintings and interesting sculptures, and the gardens truly knocked our socks off. The rose garden was spectacular, and the Japanese garden, with the lily pads, the bridge and the colorful fish swimming in the pond was really breath-taking!

Getty Villa

Wednesday, June 18th, 2014

Dinner at Frida’s

Tuesday, June 17th, 2014

After a long day, we had an incredible dinner at Frida’s in Westwood Village, then waited in line for way too long for ice cream sandwiches at Diddy Reise … but they were so good!



Tuesday, June 17th, 2014

After the Getty Center, we headed down to see the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. We mixed up the timing, so we only had an hour, but that gave us enough time to breeze through a lovely exhibit on Calder, a Japanese collection of Chinese paintings, and an exhibit of weird modern art, plus one whole floor of the permanent collection … a bit rushed, but a really great hour!!

Getty Center

Tuesday, June 17th, 2014

After wandering around LA in the morning, we headed up to the Getty Center. This was the first of the five museums that we visited in our three days in Los Angeles. As with almost of the museums in the area, it’s an amazing place to enjoy the outside spaces, then head inside to check out some galleries, then pop back outside to admire the view, then head back inside for more art, and so on. We had both been to the Getty before, but never together. The Getty has a handful of my favorites, and it’s like visiting old friends! We could have stayed all afternoon, but we were also eager to head to LACMA.

Driving around LA

Tuesday, June 17th, 2014

We started our first full day in Los Angeles by heading over to Burbank to see the area where Brian used to live, then we drove around a bit to see the sites. Up Mulholland Drive for an amazing view of the city, down to Hollywood for the walk of fame (where we saw Darth Vader in front of the Chinese Theatre), we popped in to the ArcLight Cinema because we had heard of it, and because they have a nice bathroom, and we wandered through Amoeba Music (this was all Tuesday morning).

Visiting Adam and Celeste

Monday, June 16th, 2014

Several months ago, when we booked our trip to San Jose for Sean and Clif’s wedding, we decided to make a whole week out of it by adding on  a few days in Los Angeles. Brian hadn’t been to LA since he lived there for a few months 10 years ago, and it would give us a chance to visit my brother and his girlfriend, and to see the house they bought last summer.

Those two crazy kids got married in private in April, so it turned out that this was also our first time seeing my brother and his wife since they got married! When we arrived in LA, we headed straight to their house. We got a tour of their beautiful new home, and caught up over take-out. I realize now that I forgot to take a picture of them (they probably don’t mind) … I was too busy taking pictures of my niece and nephew: their cats, Ivy and Mosby.