As I've mentioned about a thousand times, I'm a very lucky girl. One of the ways I'm so lucky is that my best friend is pretty much the best. And when I say pretty much I mean totally. Her name is Kellen and part of why I was drawn to LA this winter is because she is here and we have been parted for so long. Kellen and I have a friendship spanning almost two decades and transcends all time and space.
Anywho, one of the things Kellen and I most enjoy is going to museums and staring at things. After my first week in LA, I could think of nothing better to do than head to The Getty Center and look at all the terribly fancy and wonderful things.
So, I braved the LA freeway (remember it's been 5 years since I've driven with any regularity and almost 10 years since I've driven in LA) and headed to the museum on the mountain.
It was a particularly lovely day, with just the right amount of wispy clouds overhead. I was basically in heaven.
Just keep reminding yourself, it's winter.
Kellen and I wandered around the galleries, but before too long museum fatigue set in. And to be perfectly honest, the art at The Getty is 2nd to the grounds themselves.
The buildings are these massive white, Modern box structures that just dangle over Los Angeles. The views of the urban sprawl are incredible (if it's a particularly clear day, like this one, you can see the ocean and Catalina Island).
The buildings and gardens are fill with amazing design features. While we all know I'm not the best photographer (90% of these were taken by Kellen), even I couldn't help but snag her camera and snap some artsy wonder.
Like this one, below!
And this one, too!
Oh hey, Kellen!
Walking around the gardens lets you completely shed Los Angeles and enter another world.
Not a terrible place to grab a bite, or have some tea.
This was my favorite garden. I kept feeling like I was in Game of Thrones at King's Landing and would find Sansa and Margaery Tyrell sitting in the sun.
Speaking of sun...
I was more than a little psyched to be drenched in it's wonder.
Awww look at us being kickass friends! We didn't even call each other to match our denim and maxi dress outfits.
Hello, Los Angeles, you saucy minx!
And, if you are so inclined, The Getty has Champagne for you to sip while you enjoy the grounds. I never turn down an opportunity to drink Champagne, because I have a very serious dedication to my leisure and I find that few things in life delight me more than drinking Champagne for no good reason... or for a good reason, who are we kidding?
Side story: Making Champagne your drink is a fantastic conversation starter. I've found people are very interested to find out more about the woman who orders Champagne at a bar on a Tuesday.
This was not on a Tuesday, but it was as good a time as any to have a glass of the ol' bubbly with my great friend! The salad was also surprisingly delicious.
After we finished our champers, we got back to strolling about in the glory of the sun. While most of the art is in the galleries, there are plenty of sculptures just to be seen from wandering about.
But alas, as the afternoon set in, The Getty decided to close its doors and send us home.
If you are in Los Angeles, or making a trip there soon, The Getty is a total delight! Don't shy away even if you don't dig art museums, because the grounds are where it's at. People bring picnics and sit out on the lawn and just enjoy the surroundings. Admission is free, but parking is $15 after the first hour.
Get yourself there, snap some pics and share them with me!