Saturday, February 1, 2014

muse

Playing: Just Like Heaven-William Beckett
Reading: Remembering Laughter by Wallace Stegner (Deeply tragic, may reread it soon.)
 
My dad made reservations for my family to visit the Getty Villa after promising to take me because I had seen it on Bryanboy's blog.When my dad was in college, he would stay with his UCLA professor that lives nearby and hike up to it. Technically, it's free to go, since the Getty Foundation pays for it. All that's needed is a reservation. However, you still have to pay for parking, which came out to $15. That's not a bad price though, if you think about it as the cost for your tickets.
The Getty Villa actually serves pretty decent food at their cafe. I ordered the Portobello Caprese Sandwich, which came served with pesto aioli and freshly baked focaccia. It was really good, but after taking a bite or two of my dad's oxtail ragu, I wish I had ordered that instead. If you do go, you should definitely try out the food. It's not the typical, horrid museum food.
My favorite part about the Getty Villa was the large garden, which offered a spectacular view of the beach. The garden was perfectly taken care of and it really made me feel like I was back in Italy. Everything looked a tad too new for it to be truly Italy, but it was close enough. Next to this garden is an herb garden, which feels almost exactly like the Italian countryside.
Other than the fantastic design of the building and the beautiful gardens, the Getty Villa also has an extensive collection of Roman and Greek artifacts mostly relating back to the arts and the Greek gods. At most museums, I'm unable to see every exhibit before becoming overwhelmed. However, the Getty Villa was just small enough for me to see everything in under five hours without being so small that it's not worth driving out to. Fun fact that I learned from the Getty Villa: Museums were named in honor of the nine muses because museums are supposed to be areas, where the muses' presences can be felt. Interesting, right?

30 comments:

  1. WOW, these gardens are so beautiful, so very well taken care of :)

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    1. Yes, they are. If I ever win the lottery, I would love to have a garden like this.

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  2. So beautiful ~~<3

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  3. i loveee the getty villa!! it's so gorgy there!

    i sold my black patent flap and green WOC.. i just wasn't using them as much as my other ones.. and didn't feel they were as unique as my others.

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    1. I understand about them not being as unique. You still have an amazing collection though!

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  4. OMG!! Stunning place!
    Kiss!
    Passa a trovarmi VeryFP

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    1. Yeah, you would never expect something so beautiful to be hidden up there.

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    1. It really is and you get a great view of the ocean.

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  6. wow this looks amazing!
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    1. It is and it's even more amazing that it's free.

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  7. Lol I seriously thought you went to Italy with
    your family :P but this villa is close to the
    real thing! I find 15$ parking a bit pricey
    though and especially when you have to pay
    for the tickets as well. The food looks great
    btw! //REPLY: I have so many favorite songs
    by Coldplay, I can't choose :c I like
    Swallowed in the Sea, Fix You, Amsterdam,
    Violet Hill, A Message.....

    Xx

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    1. You actually don't have to pay for the tickets. I was thinking that if you think of the $15 parking as the tickets instead then it's not too bad. Sorry for confusing you

      Ahh, all of those songs are so good. Violet Hill is one of my favorites too.

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  8. wow this place is absolutely stunning! love the roman and greek inspired architecture! so beautiful :)

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    1. Me too! Anything Roman or Greek inspired is typically fine with me.

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  9. Oh my, this sandwich things look sooo good!

    Have a great weekend,
    -Kati

    P.S.: Thanks for leaving some nice words on my last post!

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    1. No problem! Thanks for visiting my blog too.

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  10. the yard looks great and the archetecture!! so beautiful!

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  11. It looks wonderful! I love visiting places like this, and it's great that it's free other than the price of parking. The garden does look amazing! As does your lunch, it's making me hungry! xxx

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    1. That's probably one of the biggest perks is that the tickets are free and it's so beautiful too.

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  12. This place is absolutely beautiful!! Such a gorgeous garden! :)
    xo TJ

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    1. It's incredible that they have all of this and that you can see it for free.

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