California Trip 2018

I just recently took a trip to California with one of my girlfriends and her daughter to see our other friend and her daughter who live in California.  Both daughters are roughly the same age and are friends....and both are named Lucy. 

Me, on the left, Sara in the middle and Caroline on the right.

We spent the entire time outdoors starting in Pasadena in the pool.  Then lots of good long walks to get some exercise.

We went to The Broad Museum which I had never visited.  

The museum was founded by Eli and Edythe L. Broad, philanthropists living in Los Angeles.  "Over the past four decades, the Broads have built two of the most prominent collections of postwar and contemporary art worldwide: The Eli and Edythe L. Broad Collection and The Broad Art Foundation. The collection includes more than 2,000 works by over 200 artists."  This is quoted from their website which you must visit, https://www.thebroad.org/.

The main floor is doesn't have any work on display but there was a long line waiting to see Yayoi Kusama's "Infinity Mirrored Room".  We opted out of that and headed up on the escalator.

Infinity Mirrored Room - The Souls of Millions of Light Years Away

I have a tendency to take way too many photos when I go to a museum so I will just share some highlights.

There were several Warhol pieces.

Lots of Jeff Koons 

Several pieces by Jean - Michel Basquiat

One of my favorite pieces.

And an oversized table and chairs with both Lucys.

Next stop, Santa Barbara.

Lotusland

This estate and gardens has quite a history but is dominated by an opera singer's ownership, Ganna Walska.  Once again you have to visit the website: https://www.lotusland.org/

Our adorable guide, David, was one of our favorite parts of the 2 hour tour.

he japanese gardens were under construction but the Japanese lanterns from that part of the gardens were installed, lining the opening path to the rest of the gardens.

My favorite section was the Lotus garden.

Staghorns on steroids

One of the swimming pools

And another, more like a wading pool but surrounded by shells.

and a stellar cactus garden.

You must visit the next time you are in Santa Barbara.

You probably saw these pictures on my Instagram story but I am sharing again.  For someone who has gone back and forth between Vegetarian, Vegan and Meat Eater, I can honestly say, if I had access to this farmer's market I would truly be a vegetarian.  The colors and quantities of beautiful, fresh fruits, vegetables, grass fed poultry and beef and eggs made you want to buy it all and ship it home!

 

Tomatoes for days.

Every variety of eggplant.

Food Porn!!

Raoul's Textiles - lots of inspiration here.

Kinda looks like my house.

Hotel Californian designed by Martyn Lawrence Bullard

Last but not least, and this was not all of the architectural stalking we did, the Santa Barbara Courthouse.

Amazing trip can't wait for a re-do!!