tour de LA

Until this weekend, I had only seen the club side of LA and as fun, as that side is, I didn’t think LA had much more to offer.

We explored more of the beauty this weekend and I cannot wait to go back. We spent time in Santa Monica, staying at Huntley and dining at Michael’s. The Huntley was a modern hotel with a restaurant on the roof with amazing views of Malibu. The restaurant turns into a club at night but we didn’t hear a thing! Our dinner at Michael’s was one of the best meals we have had. We sat in the outdoor garden which was dark but it felt like we were dining in a jungle.

Before we headed home to San Diego, we stopped by the Getty Villa and I am so grateful we did. We hopped on one of the guided tours and the docent was excellent. He pointed out every architectual element and material and explained why it was chosen and it’s symbolism. What looks like a skylight is actually an opening in the ceiling to allow rainwater to flow into and store in the carved marble below. I’m a bit of a nerd for engineering history and I think this is pretty ingenious. I looked up just as much as I looked down and I think I took at least 35 photos of the flooring. The evident craftsmanship in the entire villa was awe-inspiring and I wanted to move in — I still would if they would only offer.

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