|The courtyard of the Getty Villa|
Noble sounding, right? Probably, but the cynic in me was really thinking "this old rich dude really wanted to let people know he had money to throw around." In fact, when the Getty Villa had to be renovated, the collection was moved to a second location that was built to house it called the "Getty Center" which is now the larger of the two museums. Both are free to visit, but require you to pay for parking. Not a bad deal, but then Getty himself was known for being a tightwad. In fact, when one of his grandson's was kidnapped, Getty refused to pay the ransom. After multiple attempts to get the money and pleas from his son, he ponied up $2.2 million of the $3 million the kidnappers were asking for because that's the only amount that was tax deductible. The other $800K he loaned his son...with interest running on it.
I wonder how much of the art was a tax write-off? Either way, it was a fun day with Chef.
|The reflection pool in one of the main gardens|
|Chef looking at a statue in one of the small ground floor galleries|
|My favorite part was probably looking at all the different jewelry they had back in the day.|
|I also loved the huge cat funerary.|
|View from the top of the villa to Malibu. The blue in the background is the Pacific. Or the sky.|
They kind of blend together nicely.