The Getty Center

Forget ‘get him to The Greek’ (sorry Russell, sorry Jonah) if you come to LA, even for just a few days, get yourself to The Getty, a privately owned and all sorts of amazing gallery in LA.

Before we get to the art, let’s talk about The Getty Center itself.  Now, even if you’ve never been to LA, you’ve probably heard of The Getty.

The Getty Center exists because of of J.Paul Getty, a very interesting American oil billionaire and art collector. He was involved in a fascinating hostage negotiation when his grandson was kidnapped in Rome. Amazing stuff – definitely google it (right after you finish reading this riveting post, of course).

After Getty’s death in the 70s, his entire collection was left to The Getty Trust. Architect extraordinaire Richard Meier was commissioned to create The Getty Center and after much hard work, it opened to the public in 1997.

We did a free guided architecture tour, meeting our guide on the bench outside the main entrance door at 3pm. We very much recommend this. You get to stroll the beautiful grounds in the afternoon sunshine and learn the story of how this amazing place came to be. Perfect.READ MORE


Petit Ermitage West Hollywood is an ideal base for the start of a Californian adventure.

As James at the frontdesk will tell you upon arrival, the rooftop is ‘legit’.

He is quite correct. Located in the middle of the WeHo scene, the rooftop is a bohemian oasis with a stunning pool, fire pit and restaurant.

The views of Hollywood on a clear day are beautiful. The rooftop garden has even been designed as a hummingbird sanctuary.