I hope these birds have read the sign …
It was quite early on a bright Saturday morning at the end of March and Mevagissey harbour was looking very attractive. The tide was out and the boats just lay there, waiting for the water to come and release them.
We started by walking along the east wharf, past the very sheltered inner harbour, stopping to look back towards the town. There is a little museum here but it wasn’t open, sadly.
Walking on we went right to the end of the breakwater which forms part of the outer harbour and stood for a while watching the waves.
Looking across we could see the other side of the harbour and decided to retrace our steps and then walk along the west wharf to the lighthouse which marks the harbour entrance.
On our way to the lighthouse we had spotted a sign for the coastal path and decided to go up the steps and then loop round and back into town through the houses. From the top we had great views of the harbour and buildings.
Walking down through the narrow streets we decided that a warming coffee was needed to finish off our little outing and there was no shortage of choices of cafes around the harbour from which to choose.
I’m linking this with Jo’s Monday Walk, where you will find lots of other lovely walks.
Rooftops of Venice.
Bald Cypress trees in a swamp, Louisiana.
The position of the J. Paul Getty Museum’s Getty Center atop a hillside in the Santa Monica mountains, Los Angeles means that the views of the surrounding area are magnificent. To the east there is the Los Angeles skyline and the San Bernardino and San Gabriel mountains.
To the west you can see the Pacific Ocean.
Prior to visiting this site of the museum (there is another Museum site, in Malibu) we had been advised that a couple of hours would be all that we would need to see it. We arrived in a taxi and asked it to return for us in three hours, thinking that would be more than enough time. How wrong our advice had been. We had to wait ten minutes or so for the little train to take us on the five minute journey up to the museum from the taxi drop off point (and had to allow time for the return trip) and then after marvelling at the beautiful buildings and admiring the view in all directions, we only had time to visit a tiny selection of the exhibits. We really could have done with double the time, or more if we wanted to allow time for a coffee at one of the cafes with stunning views. Presumably the person who gave us advice about the amount of time needed had no interest in architecture, views or art collections!
I only managed to take a few photos of the amazing building and gardens – time was so short!
Ambience is something that lifts your mood and, for me anyway, is often to do with the lighting. Here’s a little bit of mid-January ambience in Ashton Lane, Glasgow.
Balboa Park, in San Diego, is a 1200 acre cultural park. It has museums, galleries, gardens, walking paths, theatres, open spaces, natural vegetation zones and the world famous San Diego zoo. In one day it is quite impossible to see everything, so here is a little snapshot of what we managed to fit in. I wrote about the Japanese Friendship Garden in a separate post.
We started our visit by taking the free tram from the car park to the Plaza Panama in the centre of El Prado.
It was a warm day so we found a shady spot where we could sit with a cooling drink and admire the beautiful architecture that surrounded us.
Our next port of call was the Botanical Building which is reported to be one of the most photographed spots in San Diego.
Constructed for the Panama California Exposition in 1915, it is one of the largest lath structures in the world, its steel frame covered by 12 miles of redwood slats. The lagoons in front of it contain koi carp and create a wonderfully peaceful scene.
We then walked along El Prado, the ‘main road’, to explore further, seeing the entrances to several museums and galleries before finding ourselves in the desert garden and the rose garden.
We were running out of time by now to see much more of the park, but we just managed to fit in a quick look at the outside of the San Diego Museum of Man with its beautiful dome and tower.
There is so much to see here that we barely scratched the surface.
I’m linking this post with Jude’s Garden Challenge which this month is looking for Urban Spaces.