In a continuation of Caitlin's birthday celebrations, we drove over to the Getty Center where we were met with the most insane traffic. I didn't realize at the time, but apparently there are a couple of exhibits that will be gone from the Getty after March. So people are packing it in and trying to see these works of art before they're shipped off elsewhere.
Bad timing for us. We waited to find parking and ended up with just two hours to roam the museum and the outdoor gardens.
Though, I can't complain. The Getty is such a beautiful place, it's distinctly different from the Villa and has been in movie after movie. It's architecturally stunning and always seems to be changing (they move the sculptures around the Center so that it's not always the same).
Roaming around the grounds is always visually pleasing and calming. No matter how busy the place is, you'll be able to find corners where you can spend a moment alone -- just enough for a deep breath of air or a quick snap of what seems like an empty building.
Caitlin and I fell in love with this walkway. The posts are covered in fragrant wisteria, and it's in a part of the Getty that most people don't venture to. It's a little bit out of the way from everything else, but if you take the time to go...
...you're treated to such lovely flowers and the most delicious smell. Is it weird to say that flowers smell delicious?
It's everything that reminds me of being a child and wanting to run through fields and fields of flowers. I always had an image of myself barefoot, walking down a grassy path with blossoms hanging over me in an archway. The perfume of flowers making me feel cozy and sleepy.
Perfect for an afternoon nap.
Now would be a good time to point out that the person in my photos from the last post is Caitlin -- all of you were saying such nice things, but that isn't me! Above is Caitlin; below, is me. I'm not as fancy as her!
When you walk back towards the gardens, a winding path leads you to these flower trees. They're not as robust as they typically are, because it's just beginning to feel like spring here in California. These flowers, though, are easily the most memorable part of the Getty for me.
I remember coming here as a kid and pointing at the flowers every time. I wanted to have these in my backyard, some sort of ridiculously large backyard with enough room for flower gardens.
Could you imagine if you had this in your home?
Looking up at the sky with these flowers shading your face, the dog snoozing next to you in the grass while you read a book.
That's the life! I still want it.
For the first time, I walked down to the other side of the Alice in Wonderland-like garden and got a view of the waterfall head on.
There are tons of arches, flowers, and miscellaneous plants in this area.
Though you need to be careful. I tripped three times, just in this section alone. Not sure what happened, but I'm thinking they wanted me out. The garden was rejecting my presence. I went in anyway, catching myself before I could fall flat on my face.
Look at this little fella hanging around the lavender!
After we sat in the gardens for a bit, hoping that the sweat would dry, C and I decided it was once again time to explore another part of the center.
We picked ourselves off of the bench and went back through the main entrance.
We walked under what I like to call my wishful home plans and through to the main level where all of the entrances to the other buildings are. A nice little map to show you how things are arranged, below!
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