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California Academy of Sciences – San Francisco, Ca

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California Academy of Sciences

(1) 415.379.8000
55 Music Concourse Dr.
San Francisco, CA 94118

9:30 –   17:00   Monday – Saturday
11:30 –   17:00   Sunday

Directly across from the De Young Museum by the Golden Park is the LEED certified  California Academy of Scenes.  This is one fantastic science museum – an edifice of light !  Iconically supporting a 2.5 acre green roof, with solar panels bordering its numerous Skylights.  Designed by Italian Architect Renzo Piano (he of the impressively new 2015  Whitney Museum in NYC).

This magnificent structure houses the Kimball Natural History Museum, Steinhart aquarium, the Morrison planetarium AND a tropical forest habitat!

The reptile collection is worth coming alone – even if just for Claude the albino alligator!

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Big Sur – California

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The Big Sur Coast

Big Sur is a beautiful, rugged 100-mile stretch on California’s central coast, running between Carmel and San Simeon.

The name “Big Sur” is derived from the original Spanish-language “el sur grande”, meaning “the big south”,  and invokes images full of winding turns, seaside cliffs and views of the often-misty ocean.

Well – you’re mental images deserve to visit the stunning vistas!  Big Sur is just one of the many pleasures that California has to offer;  one of the things I can recommend easily to to drive US Route 1 between San francisco and Los Angles.

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Los Angeles – Honorable Mention


'Neill-House - Los Angeles, Ca

O’Neill House In 1978, Directly on 507 N. Rodeo Drive, Art Dealler Don  O’Neill began the construction of this beautiful house built as homage to Spanish architect Antonio Gaudi.  In a seeming tribute to its muse, it was not fully finished until after O’Neill’s death in 1998.  Today we can all enjoy  gazing at its facade and imagining the wonders the interiors must have.
O'Neill House - Los Angeles, Ca

O'Neill-House - Los Angeles, Ca

O'Neill-House - Los Angeles, Ca
O'Neill-House - Los Angeles, Ca

Spadena House or  The Witch’s House

At the corner of Walden Drive and Carmelita is this very special site,  The house was designed by cinematic art director Harry Oliver.  Built in 1921 in west LA as offices for a film studio, it could have been a set piece of Oz.  The entire structure was moved to its present location in 1934 by the Spadena family.


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Honorable Mention There were two spots we ran into randomly and really enjoyed.  We didn’t get to spend enough time at either to get a full vision, but  they both brightened our day.  If you’re in the area, they are definitely worth a look.
Hennessey+Ingalls Art&Architecture Bookstore, Space 15 Twelve, Los Angeles, CA(above photo ©Popmasha)

Hennessey + Ingalls Art + Architecture Bookstore

An excellent and inviting selection of Art, Architecture & Design books set in a very friendly and well organized space.

Santa Monica Store:
214 Wilshire Blvd.
Santa Monica, CA 90401
Mon-Sun: 10:00am – 8:00pm
Phone: 310-458-9074

Hollywood Store:
Space 15 Twenty 1520 N. Cahuenga Blvd., Suite 8
Los Angeles, CA 90028
Mon-Fri: 11:00am – 8:00pm
Sat & Sun: 10:00am – 8:00pm
Phone: 323-466-1256


Chan Darae Thai Restaraunt

We stumbled into Chan Darae hungry, bordering on cranky.  We took a chance on Thai after our myriad of New York City experiences where the majority of Thai food is saturated with old oil.  To our pleasant surprise it was succulent, light and non-greasy, while allowing us to happily keep exploring L.A.!

1511 N. Cahuenga Blvd.
Hollywood, CA 90028 (North of Sunset)
Mon-Sun: 11:00am – 11:00pm
Phone: 323-464-8585