Tuesday, October 25, 2016


The collection is magnificent, too. A cute saint in a stained glass fragment:

A page from a magnificent antiphonal for Easter Sunday:

A Rococo tea party. I can't believe they didn't finish off those delicious-looking cookies.

They also had an amazing exhibit of early French photography. This is an 1854 negative of Chartres:

At the Getty

We had an amazing time at the Getty which is phenomenal and also free. A train takes you up the hill to a complex of magnificent Richard Meier buildings with epic views of Los Angeles, Hollywood, Malibu, Pacific Ocean, you name it.

Another Mission

On our way back we stopped at Mission San Buenaventura in Ventura. They have a Holy Door. And an old mirror that we took our picture in.

In the cemetery

One of the people buried in the cemetery is Juana Maria, who lived alone on San Nicolas Island for eighteen years. She was the inspiration for "Island of the Blue Dolphins." She was thrilled to be rescued and laughed and danced though no one was left who spoke her language. She died six weeks after her rescue "from eating too much fruit." For years they kept the tools and clothing she made in a museum in San Francisco, but ultimately they were destroyed in the 1906 earthquake and fire.

Chalk art

On the patio in front of the church they have a huge chalk art competition each year. Some of the art is still quite visible many months later.

Mission Church

The church is quite grand. There are views out to the ocean from the steps.

Queen of the Missions

Today we visited Mission Santa Barbara. It is where the first bishop of "Both Californias," as the diocese was originally called, established his residence.

Monday, October 24, 2016

More from Santa Monica

Santa Monica Pier gave us a feeling of impending disaster because it is so exactly like the scene in the movie before a shark or dinosaur attack. The weather is perfect, people are walking along eating ice cream, and young lovers are taking selfies in the sunset. There are loud screams but they are just screams of delight from people riding on the roller coaster.

Pacific Park ride

We took a ride on the Santa Monica equivalent of the Seattle Great Wheel. It was a great place to watch the sunset.

Santa Monica is full of expensive shops and restaurants and the biggest Apple Store we've ever seen. And lots and lots of beach bums.

In Santa Monica

After our meeting with the archivists we went out to Santa Monica to see the famous pier. It is so important to immerse oneself thoroughly in one's subject.