Thursday, May 26, 2016

Reunion This Friday

Don't forget our New York LA Art tour reunion this Friday evening in Wahroonga. Thanks to the Parsanejad family for hosting the event. Come along at 6.30pm to reminisce about our fabulous experiences in the 'Big Apple' and Los Angeles. Don't forget to bring your photos for our 'New York is....' photo book and the LA photo book. Last chance to get your fantastic shots in print! 
Check the invitation for full details of the reunion on the 27 May.

New York is......

   ....just amazing!

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Last Day in the USA: Getty Centre, Santa Monica and Venice Beach

We are all packed and ready to go and are awaiting departure at Los Angeles airport. We had a fantastic last day on our art and science tour visiting the Getty Centre in the hills surrounding the exclusive area of Bel Air. The centre has a remarkable art collection such as Van Gogh's Irises as well as special exhibitions.

Fantastic views of Los Angeles from the Getty Centre.

We then travelled on a special coach for the day to Santa Monica to have lunch, purchase the last lot of souvenirs and visit the famous Santa Monica Pier.
Santa Monica 3rd street Promenade
Santa Monica beach and pier.
On the pier
Our last place to visit was Venice Beach to see the muscle men and women, other locals and to have an icecream.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

The lights at LACMA and the smell of tar

After our amazing science adventure we made good use of our daily metro pass and caught light rail, the subway and a 'rapid' bus to get to LACMA ( Los Angeles County Museum of Art) on Wilshire Boulevard. An installation called 'Urban Light' by Chris Burden filled the entry plaza into the gallery and caught the interest of everyone.

The gallery has a number of buildings featuring different periods and cultures of art. In the short time we had at the gallery, we managed to find some key examples and wished we had more time to investigate their huge art collection.

When leaving the gallery, visitors have been sticking their entry ticket to traffic light poles outside the gallery creating an art installation in itself. Of course, we added to the display!

Next door to LACMA is the La Brea Tar Pits where bubbling tar erupts under the water and in the ground. It is here that a huge number of fossils have been recovered from the prehistoric period of animals that existed such as sabre tooth tigers and woolly mammoths.

Trying to lift metal bars through thick tar.
Looking at the skull of a sabre tooth tiger.
A laboratory where they investigate fossils and bones found in the tar pits - looks a bit like Jurassic Park!
Examples of creatures that existed in this spot thousands of years ago.
Bubbling tar next to busy Wilshire Boulevard.

Day 10: Space Shuttles, LACMA and La Brea Tar Pits

On yet another warm and sunny morning, we ventured across the city to the Californian Science Centre in the Los Angeles Expo district. Science museums in the US are always crowded and busy, so there are lots of inquisitive people coming to visit. Of particular interest at the science museum was the space shuttle Endeavour, housed in its own purpose built hanger. The display showed a film documenting the transfer of the shuttle through the streets of Los Angeles to the California Science Museum. It was amazing to walk beneath and to see its surface and the materials used to construct it.
The space shuttle Endeavour

Inside a simulated space station in the Journey to Space exhibition

Interactive space displays
Sandy, Rose and Elia playing with the astronaut displays
Melanie and Sandy as 'astronauts'
Mr O'Connell as 'The Martian'
Sandy on the high wire bicycle

Monday, April 18, 2016

Day 9: A Universal Day Out

Just one metro stop from our local station is Universal City - a business/shopping centre and Universal Studios. The current main attraction at Universal Studios is Harry Potter's Wizarding World of Magic, so it was the first place we visited. While the crowds grew during the day, the waiting time for rides and attractions was minimal. Everyone had a great time, especially the Harry Potter fans amongst us. The Jurassic Park and Mummy's Revenge rides were also popular, as was the Waterworld show with a number of our students determined to get wet!
The entrance to Universal Studios
Hannah, Taylor and Elia at the studio entrance
Outside Harry Potters Wizarding World of Magic.
The Street of Hogsmeade
Hannah and Taylor about to try Butterbeer
Michael enjoying a sip of Butterbeer
Flight of the Hippogriff in Harry Potter world.

On the a Studio Lot tour

The French Quarter of Universal Studios.

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Jungle Book at El Capitan

Tonight we went to the famous El Capitan heritage theatre in Hollywood Boulevard to see the Jungle Book in 3D. The theatre has been the venue for many Disney film openings.

Mexicana for an afternoon

Olvera Street is known as the 'birthplace' of Los Angeles with its Mexican marketplace and heritage buildings, some of which are the oldest in Los Angeles.

Getting lunch at the Mexican Marketplace
Local entertainers in the Mexican marketplace in the Paseo de la plaza
Buildings in the El Pueblo district in Los Angeles.