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The Iconic Griffith Observatory

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I practically grew up at Griffith Park in Los Angeles. I remember Earth Day celebrations in the park where I planted tree saplings with my Dad, walked the forest trails and became totally mesmerized by that giant swaying ball in the Griffith Observatory lobby. Seriously, I would watch it for hours trying to decide if it was swaying from the Earth's magnetic pull or rather some machine in the ceiling. While there is much to Read More

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Kimono Fashion Show in Kyoto, Japan

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Travelers interested in Japanese art and culture will appreciate the Nishijin Textile Center in Kyoto, a large facility showcasing the techniques of Nishijin textile making, developed over 1,000 years of Kyoto's history. They also perform a fashion show featuring stunning silk woven kimonos with designs representing the current season. My visit was in January, so the kimonos above depict the winter season and transition into Read More

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Beautiful Trip to Mt Fuji and Hot Springs

Mt Fuji at sunset

An unforgettable getaway from Tokyo that offers stunning views of Mount Fuji, this destination is an exceptional one. The town is Hakone (haw-cone-ay) and its centuries-old hot springs (onsen) are located in the volcanically active Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park. Onsen are very popular across Japan and are a longtime fixture in Japanese culture. The number of Hakone visitors continues to grow while the number of visitors to Read More

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Road Trip Visit to the Spruce Goose

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I planned an unusual stop on our west coast road trip... As we headed north on the I5 in Oregon state, just about an hour south of Portland we stopped to explore The Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum.  Evergreen's mission is, "To inspire, promote and preserve aviation and space history, and honor the patriotic service of our veterans." The property covers multiple buildings filled with aircraft, exhibits and artifacts Read More

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The Best Dam Photos Ever – A Masterpiece

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I recently visited the ever-impressive Hoover Dam, taking some time to appreciate the vision and ingenuity it took to "Make the Desert Bloom" with the creation of the dam. The dam is only 30 miles from Las Vegas, so if you're in the area, you should visit. The dam was built by over 5000 engineers and laborers who overcame huge obstacles to achieve something so monumental. And they got it done 18 months ahead of schedule and Read More

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Getty Villa – The Road Less Traveled

Getty Villa Malibu Los Angeles Ancient Roman Museum Must See Gardens Facing West

While the famous Getty Center Museum atop a hill in Brentwood, California draws over 1.3 million visitors annually, the Getty Villa in Malibu is really the road less traveled and should be on your short list to visit in Los Angeles. The Getty Villa is an educational center and museum dedicated to the study of the arts and cultures of ancient Greece and Rome. It is a lesson in art, history and nature. And dedication. And Read More

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Fifty Shades of Blue

fifty shades of blue in rock mineral form

The Gems and Minerals Hall at the Los Angeles Natural History Museum is incredibly awe-inspiring and the colors alone are impressive. I wanted to share my photos as a reminder how vibrant nature can be. How to Get Discounts at the Museum The best time to go is on the first Tuesday of the month when all admissions are free (except in July and August). Otherwise the admission is $12 for an adult, $5 for kids 12 and under and Read More