Art/Culture – Getty Villa

7,000 years of ancient art, from the end of the Stone Age to the fall of the Roman Empire.villa3On all my previous visits to L.A. I never ventured to the Getty Villa until now.  I really didn’t realize what I was missing and it’s quite fascinating especially if you’re into antiquities.  The grounds alone are worth the outing, and the majority of art and sculptures at this Malibu hilltop hideaway are original pieces with a few recreations.

The educational center and museum is dedicated to the study of the arts and cultures of ancient Greece, Rome and Etruria. The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Villa features more than 1,200 antiquities from the permanent collection, as well as changing and loan exhibitions.

Drinking Vessels
Drinking Vessels

The villa itself is a recreation of an ancient Roman country house that offers a taste of life in the first century A.D.

*Discovery of the Victorious Youth
*Discovery of the Victorious Youth.  See description below.

The gardens are inspired by ancient models, with species from the ancient world.villa1

Of course a visit to any museum is not complete without checking out the gift shop.

*The Discovery of the Victorious Youth (above photo): Very few bronze statues remain from antiquity.  The Victorious Youth was recovered from an ancient shipwreck in international waters in the Adriatic Sea.  It was probably on its way to Rome, where many Greek sculptures were taken to be displayed in cities and villas. The statue was found in the 1960’s and had lost its feet.  Otherwise, he’s not in bad shape.

Photos: d. king


Seen in Palm Springs: Bob Hope’s Architectural Masterpiece for sale.

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Bob Hope’s legendary Palm Springs mansion has gone on the market for an eye-watering $50m.  It is the most famous property owned by the legendary comic, who was extremely passionate about architecture.

No wonder he was so cheerfulthe entertainer was often cited as the biggest private landowner in California.   Bob Hope had this house built in Palm Springs but never actually moved into it.  The house he lived in was much more modest.  If you can afford it and love living large then there’s a lot of HOPE for this house.

The futuristic California home was designed by renowned Modern architect John Lautner especially for the funnyman and his beloved wife Dolores.The concrete, steel and glass house was built in 1979 and has about 22,000 square feet of living space, and its unique design is somewhat reminiscent of the USS Enterprise.Buyer’s will get to boldly go where no-one except the Hope family has gone before.

Viewtiful: Bob had it sited on San Jacinto mountain to have a spectacular view overlooking the Coachella Valley – stunning. The property was specially designed to take advantage of the glorious natural landscape
The living room is said to have a gigantic boulder jutting into it.
Good luck to the new owners – whoever they may be!

Travel: Santa Fe

Route 66This is my second visit to Santa Fe, New Mexico.  It has a very serene and spiritual nature. Native Market

This city is a mecca for arts and culture.  I love the rich history which melds Hispanic, Anglo and Native American influences which are apparent in everything from the architecture to the food & the art.

Beautiful Beaded Bangles
Beautiful Beaded Bangles + way more

Today we spent the whole day wandering around the old Santa Fe Plaza with the outdoor art market and countless little art galleries, shops and restaurants.This is also considered a foodie paradise. store

For exercise you can bike and hike all year round and also there’s skiing a short distance away from Thanksgiving through Easter.

I’m in love with the Adobe style ArchitectureSanta Fe house 3…..

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