Maree & Jack do Mexico, Cuba and California travel blog

The tram to take you up to the Centre

A vista along the axis of the building

View of LA

Interesting newspaper article

The central garden

View towards the entry of the Centre

Garden at the tram station

Vampire face lift with platelet rich plasma, only in LA could you...

In the diner

Only in USA would you name your cafe Fatburger

Oh how great it is to get a full nights' sleep! We woke at 8:30, very late for us, feeling refreshed and ready for another day. Breakfast was surprisingly good and varied with freshly made omelette and fresh waffles.

Deciding to visit the Getty Museum we tossed up how to get there and chose to use buses. Google maps told us that it would take about one and a half hours. The card reader on the bus was malfunctioning so the driver simply waved everyone aboard and refused to take our cash fare. The journey down Santa Monica Boulevard passed through an ever changing vista of neighbourhoods. Firstly the relatively run down area where we are staying then gradually through improving, cleaner areas until the pristine Beverley Hills region with its wide green plantings and large houses. The passengers gradually changed from mostly blacks and Hispanics to predominantly whites as we rolled along. Disembarking at Sepuldeva Ave we caught a second bus, a whole 75 cents for both of us, which travelled through beautiful suburbs, past the campus of UCLA with its clean buildings and wide, landscaped grounds until at last we could see the magnificent Getty Centre perched high on a hill overlooking LA and Santa Monica.

A free tramway took us up to the Getty museum campus with its white travertine and Getty white aluminium tiles. In the bright sunlight we needed to get out our sunglasses before we went blind. After watching an orientation movie we joined an architecture tour where a delightful volunteer guide, who has been doing this tour for 20 years, gave us some of the history of the building and its design. Richard Meyer, a famed architect designed the centre using a modernist and minimalist ethos. It is all straight lines and white, although not stark white, tiles. The travertine comes from the same Italian quarries which supplied material for the colosseum, the Vatican and Tivoli theatre. We were shown some of the special building techniques that were used to ensure that the building would survive earthquakes as well as the 'tricks' that the architect used to frame the magnificent scenery using his structures.

Later in the day we took a second tour to view the fantastic garden designed by artist Robert Irwin in collaboration with Jim Duggan, a nurseryman, which is actually classified as a work of art. And what a work of art it iis. Neither my description nor our photos can do it justice. Check it out online but you really need to be there to appreciate what these two gents have created. We did view an exhibition of media photographs but for us, just exploring the campus was enough. You would need much more than one day to visit all of the galleries and building which are open to the public. Almost unbelievably this was all free of charge, We could even have had a free iPod guide to use had we so desired. The whole thing, made by the John Paul Getty trust cost upwards of a billion dollars and is a gift to the nation.

When the time came to leave we walked down to the car park and arranged another Uber drive which, at $33 was considerably more expensive than the return bus trip would have been but was a lot more comfortable, faster and used a far more scenic route than the bus would have.

For dinner we went to went to a diner called Fred 62 where the friendly waitress suggested that we should share a main between us. This turned out to be a good idea as the meal was very large and a half share each was easily sufficient. An early night will be needed as we have to get up at 5 am for our shuttle to the airport at 5:30.

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