Tag: Los Angeles

LA’s Historic Downtown

We spent the Tuesday before Christmas in historic downtown Los Angeles. It wasn’t what I expected. In downtown LA I expected tall gleaming modern buildings, like in the opening scenes from “LA Law” (remember that show?). Actually, downtown LA feels more retro than futuristic. Daniel explained to me that Los Angeles is “polycentric” – practically …

More from the Huntington Library

I just didn’t get to spend enough time at the Huntington Library. We were probably there for only three to four hours total. The place is HUGE. Most of our time we spent at the Desert Garden. However, the grounds have 12 distinct gardens spread over 120 acres. Not everything was fabulous. This scene with …

Desert Garden at the Huntington Library

Some time ago I wrote a post about why I don’t plant succulents in my own garden. Ever since then, I have felt the presence of an invisible host waiting to pounce and shout, “Aha! Now you admit the error of your ways!” We saw the Desert Garden at the Huntington Library on the Monday …

A Vision Made Real: Watts Towers

We visited the Watts Towers on the Sunday before Christmas. Watts Towers are the remarkable creation of an immigrant tile setter named Simon Rodia, who worked on them from 1921 to about 1954. There are seventeen towers and other structures on the property, the largest being about 90′ tall. The towers were created entirely by …

Hollywood Farmer’s Market

So on our first day in Los Angeles we went to the Hollywood Farmers’ Market. I’ve been told that farmers’ markets are part of the LA lifestyle, and this was the closest to where we were staying. I admit to being a little jealous of people who can go to to outdoor farmers’ markets throughout …

What We Saw in LA

Yesterday we visited Watts Towers, the creation of an immigrant tile setter working by himself without much notice beyond his immediate neighbors. More after we return to Chicago.

We’re in Los Angeles!

All four of us arrived here on Friday. Among other things today we visited the Griffith observatory. Here’s a picture (it was kind of a cloudy and misty day). I’ll post a few more pictures while we’re here, with details to follow after we get back home.

Christmas in Los Angeles. Any Suggestions?

You may know that Judy and I and our two boys take a trip over the Christmas holidays in lieu of buying presents. Now that the boys are in their mid-20s I keep expecting them to tell us they have other plans. However, they are game to keep the tradition alive for another year, which …