King Tut Exhibit at the California Science Center

California Science Center

In celebration of the 100-year anniversary of the discovery of King Tut’s tomb, the California Science Center at USC is presenting King Tut: Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh until January 2019. This particular exhibit is the world debut of these 150 treasures (some of which have never before left Egypt), and after this world tour, all artifacts related to King Tut will reside permanently in their new home in Egypt.

Fortunately, the exhibit allows photos without flash.

At the end, the obligatory gift shop, because everyone needs a King Tut mug.

King Tut Gift Shop




The prompt Waiting offers many opportunities for photography.

Waiting to be served at Augie’s Coffee Roasters and Le Pain Quotidian

Waiting for 21 Choices to finish remodeling its Foothill Blvd. location. In the meantime, visit 21 Choices in the Village.

These pumpkins at Sprouts are waiting to become jack-o-lanterns.



via Photo Challenge: Waiting

Views from LA City Hall

LA City HallAfter our LA Art Tour, and a little lunch at the Wurstküche (recommended!), we weren’t quite ready to leave DTLA. I’m not sure how it is that we have lived in So Cal for over 30 years and have never been inside the iconic LA City Hall. Our day had come. The only trick to getting through security was that H had to remove his small Swiss Army Knife from his keychain and “hide” it somewhere outside (next to another, larger Swiss Army Knife).

A list of instructions in about 10 languages explained that   to get to the observation deck, one must take the elevator to the 22nd floor, then find the next set of elevators to get to the 26th floor, and from there, walk up a flight of steps. A kind security guard suggested we stop first at the third floor to look at the rotunda. Very nice.

One can walk all the way around the viewing platform for some great views of the city and the mountains.

Grand Park and Disney Concert Hall are not hard to spot.

The big art piece, that looks like a spaceship, in the lower part of the photo is the Triforum.

LA Triforium

Building reflections and patterns

And, a bell.

LA City Hall Bell

And, yes, we remembered to pick up the hidden Swiss Army Knife on the way out.

Entrance to City Hall is free. Parking is not.


LA Street Art Tour

As far as I can tell, Claremont may have lots of art, but no graffiti street art. Maybe because that’s when someone even covers a tree trunk with yarn it gets removed. However, the Art District in Downtown LA (DTLA) has so much that it is well worth a tour to see it with LA Art Tours. There’s parking at the tour starting point, but we chose to take the Gold Line from downtown Azusa and walk from the Little Tokyo stop.

Our guide was Galo, and I think this is probably his wikipedia page. He has a special fondness for fonts.


Everywhere you look you can find LA in the shape of the Dodgers logo.

I didn’t even think to look at the utility poles, which is why it’s good to take a tour so the guide can point out things.

There are so many large murals.

Street Art LA

Street Art LA 2LA Street Art Bloom

Street Art LA Bubbles

LA Street Art MuralLA Street Art Disney

You can be thankful I did not post all of my photos….

Vintage Flip on Indian Hill on TV

The house on Indian Hill and 12th St. sold without an open house, so I was unable to see inside. However, the second season of Vintage Flip on HGTV will allow us to see the transformation. I believe the show for this house will be next week, so set your DVRs because it will be on late at night. Or, if you don’t have cable, you can buy the episode on Amazon or iTunes when it becomes available.

See before pictures here.

Here are some “in process” photos.

Here is a recent photo of the finished front of the house.


The Last Bookstore

IMG_2195Two rules. First, one does not drive into LA, find and pay for parking, and just see one place. Second, one does not go near a bookstore and not go in.

Therefore, we included a visit to The Last Bookstore after our time at The Broad.

With over 250,000 new and used books, vinyl records, art galleries and a yarn shop, old couches and chairs, the only thing missing is a coffee bar.

Most books are downstairs, but there is a Labyrinth Last Bookstore upstairs with half-empty shelves waiting for you to sell yours to them. The art galleries are upstairs encircling the main floor with great views of the space.

We managed to walk away with a new book, The Martian, the book that the recently-released movie is based. We liked the movie, and we’ve heard that the book is even better.

The main floor