Saturday, June 27, 2009

The Getty Center, Los Angeles ... Trail Tramps Go West, Part 2

After the wedding which took us away from NYC for 5 days, instead of hiking, we spent an afternoon at one of Los Angeles's most famous museums, The Getty Center. Although its holdings are world-class, the big attraction of this hilltop beauty is the architecture and views of the metropolis. In fact, most outstanding is the way the open architecture frames endless vistas of the city and its hills.

Located in the Santa Monica Mountains, north of Santa Monica, the Getty's 11--acre modernist complex features dramatic design elements-- gardens that include a waterfall and a maze, open spaces, and five curvilinear pavilions constructed of beige Italian travertine marble.

Although there's a charge for parking, admission to the museum is free. Inside its spacious galleries, visitors are treated to European paintings, drawings, manuscripts, sculpture and decorative arts, as well as a collection of European and American photographs.

The Getty Center to us is a permanent attraction. Each visit reveals something new, or something in a new way. Just comparing photos from year to year evidences the maturing plant life that so beautifies the space and the spaces it defines.

As one tramp continues to rehab in physical therapy sessions, we will content ourselves with city walks, this time on the east coast. Most recently, we've been exploring cafes with an international flavor for our post-therapy coffees and frozen yogurts. We'll keep you posted and keep our old pedometers humming.