I used to be indecisive…

…but now I'm not so sure


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Weekly photo challenge: atop #2

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!

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Balboa Park

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.

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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.

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Our next port of call was the Botanical Building which is reported to be one of the most photographed spots in San Diego.

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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.

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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.

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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.


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Weekly photo challenge: chaos

The raft race at the annual Royal Reggata in Fowey, Cornwall has some moments of pure chaos as the home made rafts navigate their way along the short course through the small boats moored on the river.

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Chaotic, but fun!

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Friday letters – the very late edition

SATURDAY ALREADY – FRIDAY LETTERS ARE LATE!

Dear laptop,  I know you are trying your best, but sometimes it just isn’t good enough and a simple task takes ages to complete.

Dear readers,  There hasn’t been much blogging activity from me this week – blame my laptop and its wayward tendencies.

Dear extended family,  It’s been great to meet many of you this week, and to catch up with your news.

Dear autumn,  You are looking fabulous here in Scotland.  We’ve had some beautiful days with blue skies and the oranges, yellows and reds of the trees have looked magnificent.

Dear car park in Callander,  Are there many car parks with such splendid autumnal backdrops?

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To read more sets of six words for a Saturday head over to Cate at Show My Face.