Southern California offers some world-class museums and cultural institutions. Since my own career is very closely aligned to these museums, libraries, and such, they are often at the top of my list. I often have to entice Kris with architecture and gardens (in other words, photographic opportunities) for him to go along with my plan. Luckily, that wasn’t too hard to do with the amazing weather that we had while we were in the LA area…
The Getty Center, Los Angeles
We took a docent-lead tour of the gardens and heard all about the architects and how they designed the buildings along with the adjacent gardens. It was fascinating. We got there a little later in the afternoon and didn’t have a full day to enjoy the galleries, but we made the most of it – I particularly enjoyed the photography exhibit on the Irving Penn’s “Small Trades” photographs of workers in three cities. You can see many of the photographs online (click link above). Kris and I had some very interesting discussions about it as we browsed the gallery. We also enjoyed some of the modern galleries, the sculpture, and a quick peek into the other galleries. This amazing painting by Lawrence Alma-Tadema was a highlight I loved the detail and the emotions on the faces:
It is entitled “Spring”, and you can see the full painting here.
The Huntington Library and Botanical Gardens, San Marino
Living in the DC area provides many opportunities to see amazing exhibits (I am excited to see the terra cotta warriors at NGS this year!) but I never turn down the chance to go to more in new cities that I visit. We spent the majority of our time at The Huntington in the gardens – it was a beautiful sunny day and there was so much ground to cover.
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Reading through your peaceful memories and moments made me feel at peace! thank you so much for sharing with me. I encourage you all to think about those peaceful moments and invite new peaceful times into your daily life!
Thank you also for the birthday wishes!
Next stop on the roadtrip: Kris and Lolly are hockey fanatics (but you already knew that, right?)