Entrance to the Getty Center - all that talk about first impressions, yup, so true!
Firstly, the Getty Center and the Getty Villa are two different venues so get directions for the right place please! Not that I made that mistake, but I heard of plenty others who did. Also, if you arrive too early, then you will be turned away and asked to return closer to opening time. This I know because I did do it – I am known for over-planning so was at the front gate to the parking deck 15 minutes ahead of opening at 9.30am on a Sunday and was promptly turned away by the security staff. They did smilingly welcome us back again at 9.30 on the dot though like we were old friends!
After ten years living in the U.S., I finally did a city-to-city bus ride long distance. This was on Bolt Bus – from the same folks that run the Greyhound buses but a fancier version. The route was L.A to San Jose to meet some friends for the weekend. Here’s a quick rundown on a few thoughts on that journey!
100 years of NPS! Now, that’s quite something, especially given the great job they do. Moving to the US after a childhood spent in India and the Middle East, national parks and the role they play was something I only realized well into my adult life. Now I enjoy every chance to explore a new park on my list, especially since we’ve moved to California, which is basically national parks heaven I hear! One of the first national parks I visited was about 3 months into setting up home base in L.A – we went to Death Valley National Park and here’s a quick round up of the experience!
At the entrance to Death Valley National Park, started out sunny but still pretty chilly.
I've heard so much about this place that I am happy for their 10 years even though I have not been in there yet! Rustic Canyon Wine Bar & Seasonal Kitchenis turning ten years old on December 8, 2016. To ring in the anniversary, they are bringing together chef friends from around the country, as well as from the restaurant’s past, to collaborate on a series of multi-course dinners on October 3, November 7, and December 8. Have you marked those dates? Okay read on for more details :)
We are in the middle of National Olive Oil Month (really? who knew!) and happy to share that one of my fave L.A. restaurants, the French Riviera-inspired FIG & OLIVE is on it! Olive oil is at the crux of the cuisine here and they are big on Spanish, Tunisian, and Greek olive oils which are used in place of butter and cream throughout the menu. I don't doubt it, walk into this space and you are greeted by shelves upon shelves of glowing bottles that are part of an expansive retail collection of olive oils—each available for sale on site.