Tag: Los Angeles

Los Angeles Miscellany

So we did less sightseeing and more hanging around during our last trip to LA. This was partly because Judy was under the weather for a couple of days, and partly because everybody was feeling lazier than usual. Shockingly, we didn’t visit a single garden. In this post I’ve got a collection of photos from …

About Those Palm Trees

So here’s something I learned during our recent trip to California: palm trees are not native to Los Angeles.

The Canals of Venice (California)

Back around the turn of the 20th Century, a developer named Abbott Kinney and his partners bought the land which is now Venice, California. Their idea was to create a beach resort for day trippers from Los Angeles, a sort of Coney Island West. Just one problem: the land was mostly a swamp (they didn’t …

Season’s Greetings

Laughter was the first thing I heard when I woke up this morning, and it made me smile. The sound was coming from the living room of the Venice Beach cottage we’ve rented for a week. Judy was out there with our two sons, Daniel and David, and David’s friend Meredith. Judy and I got …

Blooms Beneath the Oaks

One day we drove to Descanso Gardens, located about an hour north of downtown Los Angeles. I was interested mostly in seeing the Camellia collection and the forest of Coast Live Oaks (Quercus agrifolia). Conveniently, the two occupy the same space.

Tongva Park, Santa Monica

Tongva Park is an innovative public space in the city of Santa Monica, just north of Venice Beach. Barely more than two years old, it was designed by some of the same people who did the High Line in New York City.

Venice, California

While in Los Angeles we stayed at a rented cottage in the Venice neighborhood.

Palos Verdes Drive

I was wondering if the cold would ever really settle in this winter, but I think the recent weather indicates that the answer is “yes”. In fact, when we got back from our end-of-year trip our car was coated with a solid three inches of ice.

Off to California

In about three hours we’ll be heading to the airport. There we’ll meet our son Danny and get on a plane to Los Angeles. David is flying to the same destination from Minnesota.

The Getty Center

On the day after Christmas we visited the Getty Center, which includes an art museum, research institute, and conservation institute. However, we went primarily to see what was going on outside the buildings, not inside. The Getty Center is a popular destination in LA, which means that it draws massive hordes of people and long …