Monday, September 28, 2009

A weekend visit to Palm Springs...

This weekend we were fortunate enough to be invited to Palm Springs for the first time.
Palm Springs Wind Turbines
It took us about two hours to drive from West Hollywood and we were mesmerized by this array of wind-turbines as we approached Palm Springs, it was like some alien landscape from a sci-fi movie.
Wind turbines in Palm Springs
People have always told me how hot it gets in Palm Springs and having lived in L.A. you think you are acclimatised to the weather, but the desert heat is a whole other thing.
Wind Turbines Palm Springs
Our hosts told us that it was unseasonably hot for this time of year, around 102 degrees fahrenheit, so we spent most of our time relaxing in the pool and enjoying the stunning mountainous views.
Palm Springs mountain view
We did venture out to explore the local neighbourhood and take in some of the local sights, like the celebrity homes belonging to Liz Taylor, Barry Manilow, Barbara Striesand, Drew Barrymore and many more.

Liberace's House
Liberace House Palm Springs
We drove by the former (and distinctive) home of flambouyant American pianist and entertainer, Liberace, and saw the infamous Kaufmann House designed Richard Neutra in 1946.

Kaufmann Desert House
Kauffman House Palm Springs
The house is considered one of the most important examples of modern architectural style in the United States and was made famous by photos taken in 1947 by American architectural photographer Julius Shulman.

Beyond that we just enjoyed the weather and our wonderful surroundings and marveled at how dining outside is a way of life in California compared to the brief instances you can do it in the UK.
Downtown LA sunset
We drove back on Sunday evening as the sun was setting over Downtown L.A. and enjoyed the wonderful colours in the sky as we drove home.

I'm glad to say that the temperature in L.A. today is far more bearable...

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