DARYL'S VISIT TO PV - MARCH 2009
Visiting the Queen Mary, Getty Center, and Redondo Pier.
On March 16 Marie's cousin Daryl arrived at LAX for a brief visit. I captured a few photos
of this pleasant interlude to share with you.
We had a delightful lunch at the Bluewater Grill that is located at the Redondo Beach Harbor.
Look at all of those beautiful boats sitting there.
Our next stop was at the famous "Wayfarer's Chapel"
It is located on the cliffs of Palos Verdes, facing the "Blue Pacific".
Next we explored the "Queen Mary", located at Long Beach.
It is huge, Historic, and, we are told, Haunted!!! They actually have guided tours focused on the "Haunts".
On the bridge, with Long Beach in the background.
It is amazing that this huge ship could be controlled from this spot.
Love those colors.
In the distance you can see a Carnival Cruise Lines ship that is preparing to depart.
The large white dome was the home of the "Spruce Goose", the huge wooden sea plane
built by Howard Hughes during the waning days of World War 2. The plane is now in Oregon.
The ship is just too huge for my camera. Construction started around 1932, was christened by Queen Mary
around 1935, and had her maiden voyage around 1936. It was converted to a troop ship during the war,
counting on it's amazing speed to protect it from the German Submarines.
This is proof that I was there with both of these sweet ladies named MiMi!!
The next day we drove to the Getty Center, perched on top of a peak of the Santa Monica Mountains.
Beautiful weather and fantastic views.
The Getty has a huge collection, and only part of it is displayed at any one time. Those chosen are grouped by
category and era then arranged in galleries located in 5 beautiful white stone buildings arranged around
this stunning court.
Marie goes bust.
Daryl said she really loved all of the paintings.
Since we knew that we could never see it all in the time we had, we flitted through the galleries,
getting a broad picture of their collections.
This is the famous "Iris" by Vincent Van Gogh.
I love this one.
Now we are thinking of lunch. We ate out on a delightful patio, in the warm spring breezes.
I couldn't resist this photo of these love birds.
After a nice lunch, we explored the gardens. It is a little early in the year for the flowers.
There is a wonderful stream that flows and burbles down through the garden, ending in the waterfall you see here.
this is delightful funicular that descends the mountain to the huge underground garage at the foot of the hill.
We stopped at the Redondo Fishing Pier to soak up some of the surrounding beauty.
We spotted this pigeon who understands what a drinking fountain is for. The Palos verdes hill in the distance beckons us home.
Lunada Bay on the Western side of the Palos Verdes Peninsula. Serene and beautiful.