September 1, off to Los Angles to visit our daughter Isabelle. We drove from San Francisco, leaving about 8:30 and heading south down Interstate 5 to Los Angles. We arrived about 4:30 to the Santa Monica area of LA. A hot long drive. Southern California is really barren except for where they irrigate. The landscape is just golden brown everywhere or almost nothing. There is no water here. Where they irrigate they are growing Almonds, Almond trees by the miles.
We had fun hanging out with Izz on Thursday and Friday. Friday she took us to visit two houses by the Los Angles architect Rudolf Schindler. We visited his main home built in 1922, also known as the Kings Road house, and then an apartment building he designed in 1939. Schindler's home set the model for the Southern California look. Flat and integrated into the landscape. It is known as the birthplace of California modernism that we talk about today. It was cool to see. The homes are now run by the MAK Center for Art and Architecture in LA.
We had lunch at Urth Caffe, one of those trendy sidewalk cafes with lots of beautiful people. It was fun. Lots of tall women. And dinner was at an excellent Japanese Ramen Noodle shop called Shin Sen Gumi just off Santa Monica. It is fun to say just hanging out on Santa Monica. We even did a KANPAI toast to the entire restaurant
|LA roof tops with the 405 in the middle|
|Hanging with Isabelle, great to see her on the West Coast|
|Rudolf Schindler designed apartment building, 1939|
|Rudolf Schindler's Kings Row House, 1922|
|Lunch at Urth Caffe in LA. Food excellent, sites pretty good also|
|Shin Sen Gumi, Ramen Noodle Restaurant, excellent, in Santa Monica|
|KANPAI or bottoms up in Japanese, excellent dinner|