a mixture of hillside, gardens, architecture, city and gardens. the getty is a tour on the outside is just as interesting as the art filled rooms upon rooms on the inside.
this place was the pleasant ville of museums. white people, dressed in white, with white umbrellas.
i did like it, but i think i prefer a little bit more of a boho feel in museums.
d) brunch at bottega louie
there is a difference between street art and graffiti. between mess and beauty.
la street is a fantastic blend of political and social commentary and beauty.
the arts district in la has the most fantastic art.
i will share a few of my favourites:
5. venice beach
the ridiculous amounts of jersey shore clothes, bright colours, roller blades, long boards, jewelery... amazing. i will not soon forget venice beach.
i actually returned to venice beach during my stay here, at night with the brilliant sabrina.
the abandoned beach had a totally different feel. it was definitely sketch.
but low and behold, a firey beacon called us from above, and we found ourselves on top of a hotel with outdoor fire lanterns overlooking the greater los angeles area.
totally pretentious and moonlit, this was yet another different venice, complete with aerial views of police cruisers combing the beach and lapd helicopters using their spotlight on the boardwalk.
6. being confused as a california girl.
aaaah the day came.
strolling about town and having someone ask me for directions.
this is how the convo went:
angelina jolie: "hello there! i seem to be lost, can you point me in the direction of the kodak theatre"
me: "oh im sorry! im not from here actually!"
a.j: "no way! with the sweetly styled blond hair, excellent accessories and overall efortlessly chic appearance i thought you were a california girl"
me: "ooooh ange, thanks but i am but a pasty gal from toronto with dreams of looking like palo alto gal"
but, someone did ask for directions, asked me where i was from and told me i looked like a californian.
so no, i am sorry, i did not get a chance to properly document the awesome dress styles of the locals, but i did witness it for a month, and i guess it rubbed off.
there were of course frustrations along the way and reasons that would have me not want to come back to california, but resolution #11 states: be positive.
i will take these highlights, and the many others that i did not list and keep them as my memories of sunny california, and leave behind the negativity.
being grateful can come in many different ways, and i do feel lucky and thankful for these 3.5 weeks here on the coast.
fare thee well california, and now onto the great white north... vancouver tomorrow.