…let me see if I can get in. So I convinced the guards to let the woman come in with me so I could see…
“The Greystone Mansion, also known as the Doheny Mansion, is a Tudor Revival mansion on a landscaped estate with distinctive formal English gardens, located in Beverly Hills, California. Architect Gordon Kaufmann designed the residence and ancillary structures, and construction was completed in 1928.”
We toured some neighborhoods and heard stories and had a frozen banana treat from one of the thousands of food trucks. The food trucks here don’t travel though, they live permanently in food truck courts.
Another view of the capitol. Up until 1972 no building in Austin was taller than the capitol. Everyone who lived here before 1972 is obsessed with how it’s not like it was in this town. Maybe everyone who lives in Austin is obsessed with how it’s not like it was. It seems Austin is more an idea in people’s mind of what was rather than what is…something like that.
No helper to take this picture and unprepared as I was without a tripod, still, everyone was there so we tried for a photo anyway. I went a little old timey on the look because the colors were so uneven.
Happy Birthday Ann and Becky! Maxine, Ann, Becky, Maryanne, Marsha, Ljubica, Marija, Alicia, Lourdes, me
First hair cut in seven months and that time was a trim-up. It’s been more than a year since my hair was short-ish and curly. Now it’s supposed to be long enough for an off-the-face off-the-neck pony and still be curly and cute when it’s down. Not sure yet if this guy is going to be my guy but I can walk there.
Then Sharon and I did a walking tour of downtown Honolulu and enjoyed many of the historic buildings.
This is the Alexander & Baldwin Building. Beth loaned us a great walking tour booklet with wonderful introductions to the architecture, put out by the Honolulu chapter of the American Institute of Architects.
I’m not going to copy all this excellent information because google will give you more if you ask.
The computer was right regarding the rain.
I had an umbrella and my raincoat and plastic around around my bag which protected my camera well enough but not my body that ended up soaked to the skin anyway including squishy soggy shoes that now, the next day, are still not dry.
As a matter of fact I haven’t stopped sneezing yet and I’m getting a little worried.
I took the girls down to San Pedro to meet up with Liz and Gary and their Tuesday hiking group. Here we are maybe ten minutes in to the bright hot and sometimes steep walk up and down some canyon walls, zig-zagging through the trails around Friendship Park.
The scenery was pretty varied and fun to look at but this was a hiking group and we were On Our Way on top of which it was really really hot so I entirely punked out on trying to get any pictures.
The bigger map shows the relationship between Montevideo and Buenos Aires while the inset is my homestay, the school, and the two big outings, to the Parliament building and to the Fort.
I see now this is not too useful, too small to read…I might do it again…but when do I ever do things again?
I’ve spent a lot of the last several days with my older sister Lona because of an unexpected hospital stay for her husband Hartley. Hartley’s condition seems back to normal with his infection under control so they’re going home tomorrow. Now everyone needs to SLEEP.
(internet pic UCLA-Santa Monica)
Below are some pictures I’ve been collecting.
And then the skies darkened, the clouds opened with thunder and lightening storming upon us, and there was no more going out for me. I stayed in by the fire, watching telenovelas, there’s no internet btw, and doing puzzles on my phone. It was lovely.
Too bad about the stars though. It would have been dazzling.
Mall of America.
“Mall of America® is more than a shopping mall near the Twin Cities. It’s over 520 shops full of tax-free shopping and 50 restaurants full of delicious food. It’s Nickelodeon Universe, SEA LIFE Minnesota Aquarium, FlyOver America, Crayola Experience, and more – all under one roof.”
There’s a lot to do when in the midst of a big remodel.
Tour over, we went by Darnelle’s house and then walked down the block for another delicious southern diner meal. Darnelle pointed out a man and said ‘I think that’s Mr Hoover over there’. So I asked the server, and yes it was, and so I asked him if I could take his picture.
Of course, I’d be delighted he replied, so we went to the sign and here he is Mr Hoover himself.
After the walk-about I went to T&B’s house to admire the remodel that is in progress and Sharon went shopping.
In the late afternoon Sharon and I stopped by the O Bar at the Alohilani Resort. All that blue is indeed the front glass of a giant aquarium (or multiple aquariums?) with so many fish but unfortunately there was also live entertainment that was so loud. So so loud. It’s definitely worth a look though!
I met Bill, Cheryl, Kim, and sweet Addie Rose for lunch last week and I’ve been waiting patiently for these awesome photos. Thanks Kimmy!
From top left, that’s Addie at our lunch. She ran up to me with a big hug and a ‘Hi Miss Penny’ when I arrived. Awwww.
Then that’s Bill and Cheryl with Addie on her oh-so-delightful Little Mermaid birthday. Ross, Addie, and Kim again at the party. And Addie doing a twirl. She asked me ‘do you want to watch me twirl?’ Of course!
We rode the city bus for 40+ minutes and then we set off to walk up a crazy high hill. I walked halfway up. I could have done it if I had my own time but those kids were trotting along. And then I thumbed a ride! I got in a strangers car and asked him to please drive me ‘up there’. What a relief.
It seemed the guy was pleased about speaking English and he drove me around the whole fort pointing out this building and that, the ‘real Montevideo’ meaning the poor area, parts of the port, and more. Thanks car guy!