Friday, February 17, 2017

City of Stars

I watched La La Land again tonight, and what a treat it is. Such a wonderful movie. Everything about it is so good, that I think it might now be my favorite movie ever. It is fitting then to close out my LA picture diary with these photos from the City of Stars.

City of Stars
Are you shining just for me? 
City of stars
There so much I can't see
Who knows
Is this the start of something wonderful and new? 
Or one more dream that I cannot make true? 

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Happy Valentine's with Art from the Getty Center

One of our rainy day stops at Los Angeles was the Getty Center. I didn't really know anything about it, but my neighbor had told me to go and since it was raining we decided an art museum would be a good place to keep rain. And how happy I was that we went. The Getty Center was truly a treasure. I'm a museum lover anyway, and refuse to get spoiled by the amazing museums New York has to offer, but this place would dazzle anyone. The biggest collection at Getty is of the renaissance, and we did both a renaissance tour, and the Getty collection highlights tour. You get so much more out of it when you listen to someone who knows and can share some funny back stories (such as the renaissance painting picked up at an upstate New York sale for a few hundred bucks, then strapped on to a roof of a car with nothing covering it, driving four hours to the City, bringing the painting to Christies for evaluation, and eventually selling it in auction for a cool $4 million to the Getty Center).

Here are a few of the things I picked to share.

The girls giggled when I showed them this picture. I can't think why? 

Italian renaissance painting, "Being Showered by Gold" by Gentileschi

"Laughing Rembrandt" by the man himself

I'm looking for a new bed for my 6-year old, and wanted to show her this renaissance bed... 

Venus reclining on a sea monster 

The Getty Center has some amazing impressionist paintings too. Quite a few Monet and the Van Gogh Irises. But I really liked this, Edgar Degas' "Russian Dancers"

Monday, February 13, 2017

Santa Monica

Once the work part of the West Coast trip was over, my hubby flew to meet me and we spent a few days in Los Angeles. I had never been there as a tourist so it was fun to get to know the city and see the sights. And did I mention, that I totally LOVE the movie La La Land, which offered a lot of inspiration to see LA. Unfortunately, the weather wasn't the greatest. It was raining a lot in a place where it never ever rains. I mean, Southern California is famous for the drought, right? Well, isn't that just my luck, that the city gets its biggest rainy season for ever when I'm there on a vacation... Well, we didn't let the rain dampen our mood... On our first day in LA we went to Santa Monica, and walked around the famous Santa Monica pier. 

The legendary In-n-Out burger. The burger lived up to the hype, the fries did not. 

Saturday, February 11, 2017

California Flowers

It's been raining in California since I arrived, which is not great for touristy stuff, but it is great for the Californian drought. The nature is really green and the flowers so beautiful and vivid.

Friday, February 10, 2017

About Work Trips

Traveling for work is not always as glamorous as it may seem. Work trips are tiring, because you have to be "on" all the time; you have to do the work you went there to do, but you also have to do the work that you have to do back at the office, or at least some of it so you won't be totally backlogged when you get back. But it's not all doom and gloom, especially if you get to travel to some really beautiful place, like Laguna Beach where I traveled this week. The conference I attended was at the Montage, Laguna Beach, which is one of the most amazing hotels/resorts I've ever been to. 

This was the view from my room. I walked in and snapped a picture. 

Then I went out to get some provisions and take-out from the little strip mall across the street. It's hidden behind the trees... 

I came back to my room and watched super bowl while eating my take out and having a complimentary glass of champagne, courtesy of the hotel. 

The next morning I woke up early (body still on NY time) and went to the gym for a quick work-out. Even the rainy weather didn't dampen my mood. This is the prettiest view I've ever seen from any gym I've been to. 

And then, time to make the donuts.. or get ready and sit in hotel conference rooms for the rest of the day attending sessions, networking, and trying to absorb information.

  (I"m wearing Banana Republic pants, H&M blazer, Zara top, Cole Haan pumps, Gucci bag).