Travel

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A Little Bit of LA

Jan
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We were in LA at the start of the new year. The weather was more than I could have hoped for- a few days of sunshine goes a long way. And wouldn’t you know, Brian’s cousin Fritz, from Official Mfg Co, was in town as well! We had a great time spending the day with Fritz- he was able to show us some instillations he’d done at The Gap in The Grove a few years ago. The Farmer’s Market meets right up to The Grove, which made for an interesting new/old/high/low contrast. And of course, I can’t be in LA and not visit The Getty.

Fritz made sure to mention that his mom, Cindy, helped sew this flag. Shoutout to Aunt Cindy!

Oh man, looking at these photos, I’m wondering why I live in such a rainy place! But I know why- the rain makes our plants look so good when the sun does come out.

 

 

 

 

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California Trip- Hollywood

Jul
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Let’s wrap up the vacation overview with a quick overview of Hollywood. Obviously, there are many touristy things to do in Hollywood- and that usually isn’t my thing. The Warner Brothers Studio Tour is something I would gladly do the next time I’m in Southern California.

I had my heart set on visiting Stars Hollow/ Bluebell- but I had to make due with the gazebo in a parking lot!

They also recreated the Friends set!

We stayed at the Hollywood Hills Hotel- a very calm retreat above the hustle and bustle of Hollywood. The suites are all studio apartments, with a living area, kitchen, and a nice big deck with a view of the city. The apartment-style living had me pretending that I lived in the Hollywood Hills!

We also hit up Universal. I won’t bore you with cheesy theme park photos- but I enjoyed the attention to detail in the Kwik-E-Mart/ Simpsons gift shop.

That concludes our tour of Southern California!

Photos: Gretchen Lilly

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California Trip- The Getty

Jul

The Getty Center in Los Angeles is a place where life is just a little more beautiful; there is a stillness all over the grounds, the sun shines a little brighter, and architecture speaks for itself.

Photos: Gretchen Lilly

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California Trip- Venice Canals

Jul
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Back in April- which was a small lifetime ago- we drove to southern California for vacation. We spent the first two nights in Venice, within walking distance of the canals. Oh, how I enjoyed those canals.

As a PNW native, sunlight makes me giddy.

 

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Exploring the Inland Empire

Sep
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On the way to Phoenix, we stayed a few days with our friends Frank and Mabel. They were kind enough to show us the sights of the Inland Empire (basically the area between the desert and L.A.).

We walked up and down Old Town Pasadena. I love the sense of history in that part of town, and there’s some great shopping, too.

You won’t believe how happy I was to visit the Trina Turk Outlet. A must-visit if you’re in the Los Angeles area.

This succulent nursery was amazing- there’s nothing like it in Seattle.

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Vacation Photos: Phoenix

Sep
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At the end of July, Brian and I took a road trip to Phoenix to visit some family and friends. Eek, I’m late in posting these!

The drive from California to Arizona is beautiful, and the amazing thing is that as soon as you cross the state line, Arizona looks so stereotypical Arizona-like.

As we got closer to Phoenix, we could help but notice the massive storm- a haboob!

We stayed at the Hotel Valley Ho in Scottsdale, which has a great history of being a getaway for Hollywood stars in the 50s and 60s. Brian’s cousin told us that it was in a pretty sorry state until 2002, when it received a total overhaul from some new owners. I loved that every room has a spacious deck, and the round pool is pitch-perfect retro.

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Happy Australia Day

Jan
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Me and a kangaroo, February 2002, Kangaroo Island, South Australia.

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Nighttiming

Jan
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The cabin fever caught up with us around dinner time last night, so we set off for the grocery store to pick up some vices (chocolate for me, cerveza for Brian). Oh how the snow makes everything softer and calmer- especially once the sun has set. The roads were just so quiet (literally), and the lack of light diminished the look of the dirty snow on the street corners.

Photos: Gretchen Lilly

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Settle Into The Snow

Jan
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Our first snow of the season fell this weekend in the Seattle area, and we’re due for more (much worse!) in the next few days. We only get a good snow every few years, and I still get excited every time. I’ve never lived in a place where snow is a regular part of winter; I’m sure it gets old after a while, but it sure does soften the look of everything.

This resort in Finland looks like a great place to experience winter weather during both the day and the night.

Photos from the Hotel & Igloo Village Kakslauttanen. They also have a (year round!) Santa village and a rather cozy honeymoon cottage. This resort is north of the Arctic Circle- can you imagine watching the Northern Lights from your cozy bed? I’d love to take a trip to Finland some day, since my Finnish heritage is the strongest part of my background (only 1/16th, but the rest of me is generic European). Hmm, I hear Iceland Air has some great deals…

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Glass House

Dec
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We all know I could make some reference to people hurling rock-like objects, but let’s just focus on this beautiful house in Paris, shall we?

The “House of Glass” or “La Maison de Verre”. Photo: Francois Halard

This article from the New York Times lays out the story better than I can. There is also a great article in the September/October 2011 issue of Australian magazine Inside Out.

Also, the man that owns the house bought one of the three Maisons Tropicale and then donated it. I can’t find a picture that confirms which one he bought, but they all look something like this:

Found at Mondo Blogo. Original source unknown.

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