Only a few more days left of Chris's break so we're going to try to squeeze a lot in! Today we drove to the other side of LA to visit The Getty. Even though it's only 20 miles away, it might as well be in another part of the country a) because it takes 4ever to get there (or anywhere in SoCal for that matter!) and b) because the lifestyle is so different. It feels like any direction you go is a completely different place. 20 miles one way and you're at Disneyland. 20 miles another way and you're at the beach. 20 miles another way you're in the mountains. 20 miles another way you're in the desert. 20 miles another way you're in the hood. 20 miles another way you're in Beverly Hills. At one point while driving the freeway split off into 6 (SIX!!) different freeways! Where to go where to go?
California is such a diverse and unique place! Anyways, where was I? Oh yeah, we went to The Getty. I had no idea there were so many buildings - it was overwhelming! (I s'pose I could have researched a bit before going...) I couldn't get a pic of the entire place so here's one from online:
Admission is free but parking is $15 - if you go with more people you can split the cost. Either way it's totally worth it! We found a spot and then made our way up to the tram which then took us up to the museum set atop a hill.
Here's the first piece of art we found. Me likey.
Downtown. The LA skyline is just barely visible in the middle left.
A nice shady place to eat and mingle.
We didn't even know where to begin! So Chris became the tour guide and I followed closely behind with my camera.
Here's a collage of some of the artwork I liked:
The top right picture is called "Portrait of Alfonso d'Avalos, Marquis of Vasto, in Armor with a Page" - I'm Paige!
The Evans family at The Getty - 8.23.11
Looking down at the cafe.
Then we took a walk through the gardens.
We made a quick pitstop at the giftshop wherein I saw these intricate metal thingamajigs:
Here's a closer look:
And I'm pretty sure this necklace was calling my name. Alas, my wallet was not :)
A 3-part view of LA from The Getty.
After The Getty we headed down the street to try out Fat Sal's for lunch. It deserves a post all of it's own though so that's what's up to bat tomorrow!