Travel – Foreign

October 18th, 2008 by alephnaught

Bernini and Illuminated Manuscripts at the Getty

The Bernini show at the Getty Museum was due to finish in just over a week, so we decided to go see art on a hilltop. The Getty Museum is a huge complex just off the 405 heading south from us.  You pay $10 for parking; that’s it, there’s no entrance fee.  There’s a tram […]

August 31st, 2008 by alephnaught

Santa Barbara

We woke up Sunday looking for something to do.  Aviva wanted to go for a drive.  I suggested we go out to Santa Barbara.  So Aviva, Basil and I packed into the Prius and headed west. It took about two hours to get out there because somebody got rearended on the highway; auto accidents around […]

June 14th, 2008 by alephnaught

Venice Beach

We decided to take the dog down to Venice Beach – it was hitting over 90 degrees in the Valley and it was only in the mid 70s at the water front, and we’d heard that Venice Beach was still a hippie holdover from the ’60s. I liked it. We walked perhaps a quarter of […]

June 7th, 2008 by alephnaught


We drove down to Koreatown, which is south of Wilshire and mostly east of Western.  We went to both the large Korean malls but only bought a set of brightly colored Tupperware – oh well…. An aquarium in the wall of a restaurant at Koreatown Plaza A Korean Buddhist Temple we drove past on the […]

June 4th, 2008 by alephnaught

Trip to Renton, WA

I made my first business trip to the home office of Its located in Renton, WA, which is about 10 to 15 minutes outside Seattle. I enjoyed the trip. Alaska Air is a nice airline, the planes are pretty clean and reasonably new and the flight crews were pleasant (not quite Southwest-jovial but I […]

May 26th, 2008 by alephnaught

Mulholland Drive

We decided to go on a drive and consider David Lynch as well…. Mulholland Drive is a famous road that runs north of Los Angeles through the mountains. It twists and turns, dives and climbs, surrounded by green trees and mansions. The Canyon Country Store on Laurel Canyon Boulevard is a fixture from the sixties […]

May 26th, 2008 by alephnaught

Travel Writing for Profit and Pleasure

Title: Travel Writing for Profit and Pleasure Author: Perry Garfinkel Paperback: 208 pages Publisher: Plume (January 24, 1989) Language: English ISBN-10: 0452261597 ISBN-13: 978-0452261594 I liked this book; the first three quarters were all about how to get started writing travel articles for profit. The last part talked directly about the business itself – that […]

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May 23rd, 2008 by alephnaught

Sawtelle and Govindas

Got to kick everyone out of work early today. So, Aviva and I took a trip into West Hollywood. First, we stopped on Sawtelle. This is yet another Japanese area, with a few really cool stores like Giant Robot, which is a cool store that sells Japanese toys, books, and just general stuff; I bought […]

May 12th, 2008 by alephnaught

The Getty Villa

We went to the Getty Villa to celebrate Aviva’s birthday. The Villa is located in Malibu across from the ocean on a hillside. The building is modeled after an Italian villa; one part is designed after Hadrian’s villa. The collection is centered on art of the ancient world. There are two gardens, call peristyles, one […]

April 22nd, 2008 by alephnaught

Arrived in California

We drove five days from Chicago, Illinois, to Westlake Village, California. Here are some pictures we took along the way. View Larger Map Some of the boxes in our former living room Loading up the moving van Aviva in Colorado A Pizza Hut in Nebraska A Shell station in Utah