For nearly three weeks, I had been waiting for the perfect day to explore the Getty Center and, I'm happy to say, it finally arrived.
Upon arriving by tram at the hilltop museum, I beelined it to the information desk to sign up for the free Collection Highlights Tour, which runs several times daily. On this tour, we examined six of the museum's most prized pieces, including a Edouard Manet painting, the newest addition to the collection, that was recently acquired for $63 million! Following the tour, I joined another group on the Garden Tour, also free. The Central Garden, created by artist Robert Irwin, lies at the heart of the center. The 134,000-square-foot design features tree and plant-lined walkways, a stream that cascades over a stone waterfall, a pool with a floating maze of azaleas and countless flowers, succulents and plants blooming at different times of the year. It is truly a sensory experience of sights, sounds and scents.
I rounded off my day of art appreciation by meeting a high-profile travel blogger at Alfred Coffee & Kitchen for expertly brewed coffee in West Hollywood. To our pleasant surprise, Compartes Chocolatier recently opened a small store within the cafe. It's been on my list of places to visit so I was beyond excited by this discovery. Their chocolates are truy works of art. Thanks to Breanna, I have found my new favourite daytime hangout in Los Angeles!