Thursday, July 3, 2008

Getty Villa ~ vacation in our own back yard

Ferris Bueller's Day Off
Saturday drive up to Malibu and we arrive at the Getty Villa.

The Getty Villa in Malibu California houses J. Paul Getty's collection of mostly Greek and Roman antiquties from 500 B.C. to 300 B.C. ~ Modeled after the Villa dei Papiri, a first-century Roman country house in Herculaneum, Italy, it was first constructed in the early 1970s by the architectural firm of Langdon and Wilson. ~ The Villa closed in 1997 for renovations and re-opened for visitors May 2006.

Inner Peristyle Atrium

Columns at entrance to Triclinium room

Outer Peristyle


Word is, the landscaping details are based on elements from ancient Roman houses in the towns of Pompeii, Herculaneum, and Stabiae. What I can tell you is the water features and gardens are absolutely beautiful!

Later that afternoon, we're at the overlook above Newport Harbor watching boats return from a day at sea; making final notations in their Captain's logs. The red boat is the Harbor police, so hopefully those folks are ship-shape.

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