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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 …

getty center garden

The Getty Center in L.A. is a 55 acre facility with stunning architecture, five acres of grounds with groomed gardens, art museum buildings housing art from the Middle Ages to present, a research center plus 50 acres of natural setting. Not to be confused with the Getty Villa in Malibu where the antiquities collection is housed. I most loved the design of the trees with the tall thick wires and where the branches spread upwards and all meet up there to give shade for when you want to rest on those chairs. Such a beautiful scene when you look up into the sky — a mixture of art and nature. A true creative creation. There is also a tree-lined walkway that crosses the stream passing through areas of exotic grasses and descends to a plaza with Bougainvillea arbors. The stream flows through the plaza and cascades over a stone waterfall into a pool. There are special gardens round the pool with the plants and hard materials selected for their interplay of color, light, and reflections. The garden …

natural history museum

If you want to spend a long nice educational day anywhere then this is the place to do it right – the Natural History Museum of L.A. They offer group coupons and student discounts so bring your IDs. The staff and the exhibits were all wonderful. And a good place to bring your kids too. There are tons of stuffs to look at, one is their animals, fossils, insects, meteorites, the gems, gold and all sorts. Let me share a short info about Thomas the T.rex (shown photo #14): well, he captivates visitors of the Dino Hall. This 70% complete specimen is one of the ten most complete T.rex specimens on Earth. The hall opened in July 2011 and it has so far been popular with the successful story of Thomas the T.rex. It is the most stunning centerpiece at the Dino Hall featuring baby, juvenile and sub-adult growth series and is the only one series of its kind in the world. The new hall is designed to allow visitors to wander around and in …

life is like the weather

You are the sky. Everything else – it’s just the weather. ~ Pema Chodron They say life is just like the weather, sometimes it’s sunshiney and sometimes it’s partly or mostly cloudy. 🙂 Photos are from yesterday when clouds were gathering for last night’s and today’s shower, and up to this writing we are still experiencing light shower and hoping for a cool with clouds giving way to some sun later. So, everything else – is just the weather. 😀

local café

It’s the nearest bakery/coffee shop I can walk in to when I need a quick coffee fix… they don’t have the best coffee but sometimes it does give me delight just to be able to drink a cuppa, I’m certainly addicted. And it’s best to go early in the morning before the busy 9am crowd starts and the after office hours queue can be so tough, good for you if you got the patience to wait up to 15 or more minutes.