Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Random sights around L.A. in September...

September has been a busy month, so I thought I'd use this opportunity to feature some sights that I haven't been able to so far.

A good friend treated us to a visit earlier in the month and not only did we get a chance to show her around Los Angeles (and not just the tourist attractions), but we also ventured further up along the coast to San Francisco.

Astronomers Monument at Griffith Observatory
Astronomers monument at Griffith Observatory
The first thing we did after we'd picked her up at LAX was drive her up to the Griffith Observatory so she could fight the jet-lag and get a sense of the majesty of sprawling L.A.

Griffith Observatory
Griffith Observatory at evening
She also got to experience L.A.'s varying air quality and the view wasn't as clear as we'd hoped.
Misty LA mountains at sunset
But never fear, there were other days when we were greeted with clear skies and fantastic views.

View of Downtown L.A. from
Hollywood Bowl Overlook
Downtown LA view at 5pm on a clear day
We even made it to Universal Studios for the morning and I even got a chance to enjoy a day at Disneyland later in the month.

Universal City Overlook on Mulholland Drive
Universal City Overlook view of San Fernando Valley
Our travels took us to the coast and the sights of Venice Beach...
Endangered Species mural Venice Beach
and Ocean Avenue in Santa Monica...

The Georgian Hotel in Santa Monica
Georgian Hotel in Santa Monica
We had glorious weather to enjoy a visit to The Getty Center and its gardens...
Getty Center beautiful flowers
sculptures and spectacular views...

The Getty Center south view
The Getty's South view
Closer to home we headed to the Hollywood & Highland Center to see the Hollywood Walk of Fame and we even glimpsed the behind-the-scenes set up for the All About Steve Premiere at Grauman's Chinese Theatre.

Hollywood & Highland Center
Hollywood & Highland Center
We also introduced her to the delights of the Hollywood Bowl to see the legendary Liza Minnelli before heading off up California's West Coast on our adventures.

G-Force Experience
at Hollywood & Highland Center
G-Force Experience
We discovered the eclectic world of Hearst Castle and tasted wines in Carmel Valley, before heading to the City by the Bay.

El Capitan cinema
El Capitan cinema
In addition to checking out Alcatraz and the art on the streets of San Francisco, we were also able to catch up with some old friends living there.

Urban Light at LACMA
Urban Light LACMA
But our travels didn't stop when we returned to L.A., as we also took our first trip out into the desert to Palm Springs.

Urban Light art installation
of 202 vintage street-lamps at LACMA
Urban Light at LACMA
Our lovable yellow labrdaor, Cooper, perfected his diving technique in September and we enjoyed our first visit to the Greek Theatre to see the fantastic Pet Shop Boys in concert.

So you can see it's been a fun-filled month. I wonder if October can live up to this action-packed legacy. Let's wait and see...

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