Museum time in LA
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It's hard to believe between 40,000-10,000 years ago,the likes of woolly mammoths, sabre toothed cats and dire wolves roamed the land that is now Mid City LA. The black bubbling pits of tar found now along Wilshire boulevard would be where these mammals would meet there match being trapped in gooey crude oil where they would slowly die of exhaustion. if the tar didn't kill them, then the other predators lurching around would. Sometimes the tar capturing the hunter as well. This all making the La Brea Tar Pits, one of the worlds most productive and famous fossils sites in the world.
Since 1906 more than 1 million bones have been recovered. Dire Wolves have been the most common and 2,000 sabre toothed cats have also been found, ranking them second.
Back on bus 520 moving along Wilshire Boulevarde, the scenery changes to mansions flanked with manicured lawns the side streets lined with palm trees, the famous brown sign to Beverly Hills whizzes past, my wife can' thelp to do a spot of shopping in the prodigous street of Rodeo Drive. Walking around here I recall a scene of Beverly Hills Cop with Eddie Murphy in his battered up Ford checking the people walking by in their designer goods with their pedigree toy poodles in toe.
My wife now with her new COACH bag is happy to get on the bus again, we change to the 761 which takes us to the Getty center which is located high in the Santa Monica Mountains overlooking snow capped mountains, the city below and also of the ocean. What is so special about the Getty Center is that it offers so much, you have the views that I mentioned as well as beautiful art from the 13th Century to the 19th century including canvasses from such greats in the art world from Van Gough, Monet, Rembrandt and Titian. The gardens are beautifully landscaped and are well taken care of and then there is the amazing architecture of Richard Meier. Los Angeles has a large array of fine museums but the Getty Center is one of those sights that should not be missed.