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If you want to relax, toss aside all cares and take a one day vacation then I suggest a day at the Bel-Air Hotel. Just seeing the swans as you approach the hotel will place you in another world….a world of serenity and great beauty……a reminder to live joyfully!

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 Even the powder room is delightful….

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….where you’re sure to encounter at least one pooch like Elvis!

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 Darling Patricia treated me to the most wonderful lunch in Wolfgang Puck’s restaurant which turned out to take way over five hours.  We even had a shift change in servers.

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 The crab cakes were cold but the truth is….the plate was hot when we were served.  I suppose anything would get cold in an hour!  They were still delicious and I loved the little hummingbird on the plate.

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 This halibut was the most tender and moist ever and how I love mangoes!

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 We were offered some cake from the birthday celebrants at the next table.  They even had ice cream bars.  Note to self:  Order ahead!

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 This is why we passed up the birthday cake!!!

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 Could I resist?  Maltese Cindy was lounging in the bar area….

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 The grounds are so tranquil and beautiful and we stopped everywhere to take it all in…..Thank you dear Patricia for such a memorable day!

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 Even doing some tree hugging…..

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 Of course I got a Rubber Swan.  You certainly don’t think they’d have Rubber Ducky’s do you???

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 This is the $100. book for the exhibit ‘ALTERED DREAMS’: 17th Century Chinese Paintings’ currently at LACMA. I almost bought it but the thought of lugging it back to the car was just too much.  I’ll check out Amazon. The exhibit features hundreds of 17th century scrolls collected by the Tsao family.

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 Kc wanted to make sure she captured everything….

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 As did Lulu….

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 This was one of my favorites as it is very similar to the work we study in Landscape class at the Nan Rae Studio on the 2nd Wednesday of each month..

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There were also many fine ‘Flower/Bird paintings…This is a section of a very long scroll.IMG 5732

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 Here we are.  Lulu, Kathryn, Kc, Violet and Lynne taking a time out!

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 There was so much to see in this vast collection that we glazed over when about half through.  Time to restore at Ray’s.

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 Lovely Heirloom Tomatoes for the table….

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 Amazing Ahi Tuna…

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 Actually we got two wood fired pizzas, this Italian Pepperone and a Margherita.

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 Later in the week we were delighted when Nikka stopped by the Landscape class in the studio…..

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 Lulu brought her skill and grand imagination to bear on this scene….creating a pirates cove….

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 Kathryn was more traditional….

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 I suspect I’ll be working on mine for the rest of the month!

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 I finally saw ‘Gray Gardens the Musical’ with Betty Buckley….she’s always a treat!

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 In my next blog we enter ‘MANJIL’  a Hindi word meaning destination of the heart and that’s just where we’re going!

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