Tuesday, October 9, 2007

L.A. - Fall Break

My travel buddy Patrick was also in San Diego for Fall Break. He has some uncles and aunts that live in San Diego and Los Angeles. We went up to LA and spent some time with his uncle who worked for Frank Gehry – he had a lot of interesting things to say about the local architecture. One of the most remarkable buildings we visited was the Gehry’s Disney Concert Hall. I’ve seen several Gehry buildings and enjoy his unique style. The Concert Hall has many of the same elements as the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao Spain. Here are a couple pictures that show off the amazing lines.

We also went to the Huntington Estate in San Marino. Henry E. Huntington created his estate over a hundred years ago and imported trees and plants from around the world. The gardens and grounds were simply lovely. He also was a great art and book collector – His collection includes, among other treasures, a first edition Don Juan (Lord Byron), a 15th century illuminated manuscript of Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales, and an original Gutenberg Bible! So, there was plenty to see and enjoy.

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