Los Angeles, situated in Southern California, is the second-largest city
(after New York City) in the United States. Los Angeles is known for
its Mediterranean climate, ethnic diversity, sprawling metropolis, and as a
major center of the American entertainment industry. Although we
have lived in Northern California for more than 30 years, Los Angeles was not on
our list of frequent travel destinations in the past.
Getting there ...
The main purpose of this LA trip was to help my nephew Tim move in to USC
from Taiwan. We drove down from the Bay Area to LA a day earlier before
their arrival so we could have some time to meet some friends (Woanyu's high
school classmates) in the afternoon and have dinner together.
Second Day (8/11) ...
- California Science Center
The main attraction at the Science Center
is the retired Space Shuttle Endeavour. I was so excited to see the
Endeavour again since my last encounter in
We went to LAX in the late afternoon to pick up Tim, Louis, and
Louis' girl friend. It's a long wait at the busy LAX international
terminal (since we got there early), but it's good to see my family come
from Taiwan after such a long time in pandemic.
Third Day (8/12) ...
- University of Southern California (USC)
My main duty today was to
help Tim move in to his school housing, open a bank account, go shopping for
whatever he needs at Target, and have a quick stroll on campus to take some
pictures. I think we achieve all our goals smoothly and efficiently
- Griffith Observatory
Since we got our main objectives done quite
early, I decided to take them to the Griffith Park and Observatory in the
Located on the southern slope of Mount Hollywood in
Griffith Park, the Griffith Observatory is 1,134 feet above sea level and is
visible from many parts of the Los Angeles basin. It is the best vantage
point for observing the world-famous Hollywood Sign and LA downtown skyline.
It is also one of the best places to see the sunset in LA area.
Fourth Day (8/13) ...
Since Louis and Tim had their own plan to go out with their friend today,
Woanyu and I had a free day to do our own sightseeing.
- Walt Disney Concert Hall
As the $274-million crown jewel of the LA
Music Center, Disney Hall opened in 2003 to rave reviews. Designed by
architect Frank Gehry, Walt Disney Concert Hall is an internationally
recognized architectural landmark and one of the most acoustically
sophisticated concert halls in the world. There is a free self-guided
audio tour providing the Concert Hall’s history from conception to
completion and insight from visionary architect Frank Gehry and other key
contributors. Although we could go to several places in the building,
the tour did not have the access to the main concert hall.
- The Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA)
The MOCA Grand, on Grand
Avenue, is the museum's primary facility, with the main galleries dedicated
to works from the 1940s onwards.
- Huntington Library and Gardens
The Huntington Library, Art Museum
and Botanical Gardens, known as The Huntington, is a collections-based
educational and research institution established by Henry E.
Huntington (1850–1927) and Arabella Huntington (c.1851–1924) in San Marino,
California. Born in 1850 in Oneonta, New York, Henry Huntington was an
American railroad magnate and collector of art and rare books.
Huntington Library is one of the world's great independent research
libraries, with more than 11 million items spanning the 11th to 21st
centuries. In addition to the library, the institution houses an
extensive art collection with a focus on 18th- and 19th-century European
art and 17th- to mid-20th-century American art. The property also includes
approximately 120 acres (49 ha) of specialized botanical landscaped gardens,
most notably the "Japanese Garden", the "Desert Garden", and the "Chinese
After visiting the Huntington, we had a dinner with
Woanyu's friends in Pasadena, which was less than 10-minute drive from the
The Last Day (8/14) ...
Before we headed back to the Bay Area, we went to meet Louis and Tim, and
took them to LA downtown (a driving tour along the Grand Ave) and had a lunch at
a Brazilian Steakhouse (and witness a car accident).
Although it was a long drive to LA, I am glad I can help Tim settle in his
school (it reminds me of myself 30 years ago...) and I wish him have a
successful study and future.
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