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Getty Villa in Malibu

In 1945, J. Paul Getty purchased a sixty-four-acre site in Malibu and in 1954, he opened the original J. Paul Getty Museum in his home to show his collection, of which Greek and Roman antiquities are an important element. In 1968, Getty decided then to re-create a first-century Roman country house, the Villa dei Papiri, on the property to display his growing collection of art. And in 1974, the new Getty Museum opens to the public, becoming one of Southern California’s cultural landmarks. In 1997, the Malibu site closed for renovation; the Getty Center in Los Angeles opens to the public. In 2006, the newly renovated Malibu site opened as the Getty Villa, dedicated to the arts and cultures of ancient Greece, Rome, and Etruria. To me, the Getty Villa is an all-star. The view alone from the porticos across the expanse of the San Fernando Valley is well worth the price of admission. The architecture alone is worth the visit. Top left: Outdoor Theater Top right: East Garden, the colorful fountain with shells and …

why gold?

Why is it called the Golden Gate Bridge? Well, this is a question that a lot of people ask themselves, including me when I first visited it a few years back. In fact, many San Francisco residents don’t know the story of the bridge’s name, so I’m not alone! you are not alone! Well, this term actually refers to the Golden Gate Strait which is the entrance to the San Fran Bay from the Pacific Ocean. Since the bridge straddles the Golden Gate Strait, it makes sense that it would be called the Golden Gate Bridge! A lot of folks believe that the Golden Gate Strait and Golden Gate Bridge were named after California’s famous gold rush, but this is not the case. The gold rush had nothing to do with the naming of the Golden Gate. It’s gold though! Those wondering “Why is it called the Golden Gate Bridge?” have probably noticed that the bridge is actually gold. Well, technically the bridge is painted a color called “orange vermilion,” which is also known as …

vincent thomas bridge

This is the Vincent Thomas bridge crossing the Los Angeles Harbor, linking San Pedro and the Terminal Island where cruise ships dock. It is said to be the 4th longest suspension bridge in California. Very cool to drive over this bridge. The port is fascinating especially when you are just a passenger, you can see all over the ports and with the big cruise ships on the other side… It would be great at night I guess, that we should try if we can. Just be careful of the semi-trucks and the cops on the other side handing out tickets to those speeding. And for coffee… I love a quiet Sunday morning especially with coffee and while I read The Secret Life of Asana on Yoga Journal. I wish you all a happy Sunday!