Monday, May 25, 2009

Getty Villa. Memorial Day weekend 2009

If you know me, you'd know that my favorite hang out spot here in Los Angeles is the Getty Center. The Getty Center is a modern structure designed by American architect Richard Meier, who also designed the Museum of Contemporary Art in Barcelona with his distinctive white squares facade. I visit the Getty Center whenever I can just to hang out, relax, and immerse myself in their wonderful art collections, architecture, and the beautiful garden. It's refreshing.

However, I've not had a chance to visit the Getty Villa in Malibu and I've been wanting to go for years.

Since I'm not going out of town this Memorial Day weekend, I decided to check out the Pompeii and Roman Villa exhibition at the LACMA. I found out that my admission ticket to this exhibition also gives me access to the Getty Villa without reserving a ticket in advance. So I decided to seize this opportunity.

The Getty Villa is nestled in the hills by the Pacific Ocean.

There's a tranquil water lily pound. So soothing. :)

Friday, May 22, 2009

Pictures from trip to Washington DC. May 2009

I went to DC for work during the first week of May. I used to visit DC often and the last time I visited the area was in 2006 for only 2 days. I didn't get a chance to really "see" DC on that short trip, so I was happy that I had a free day on this trip to explore. I've visited major sites on my previous trips like the Lincoln Memorial, Jefferson Memorial, WWII Memorial, Korean War Memorial, the Kennedy Center, etc. Being a museum junkie, I thought this time I'd visit the National Gallery and the Smithsonian. Needless to say, I was in art heaven! :)

The weather was crappy when I arrived...typical crazy spring East Coast weather. It was rainy and muggy.

The museums in DC have free admission, just like the National Gallery in London. You can't beat that! Here's the entrance to the National Gallery.

Starting a new travel blog

When I closed my MySpace account earlier this year, it wiped out all the travel picture blogs I've written over the years including my trips to Taiwan, Barcelona, Paris, Seoul, NYC, Hawaii, Mexico, Philadelphia, Canada, Miami, Rome, London, Amsterdam, and Brussels. My friends are disappointed that they are no longer able to experience the world vicariously through my eyes, so I decided to dedicate this blog to my travel experiences. I love to travel, like to write, and enjoy sharing my experience with others. Thank you for stopping by, and please watch for updates.