There is nothing to beat up the heavenly experience of hiking on a sunny fall day with lush greenery, jewel-toned flowers and eye-pleasing colorful foliage in peaceful nature. The trails that feature various of terrains of mountains, valleys and lakes seem never ever ending.Continue reading
Hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving celebration. As we planned, we did a hike over the Thanksgiving weekend. We were so lucky that the weather was nice for this year’s Thanksgiving weekend–sunny and warm. And the air is crisp and clean too.Continue reading
Sometimes, the best plan comes out of no plan. We planned another hiking trail in San Gabriel valley today and it was closed today. So we went to nearby Santa Fe Dam. We are not really keen for this area. Every time, we passed by on 605 Freeway, we always saw those hard-core cyclists riding by and they kind of beat down by the sun all the time since there are no trees and no any shades at all. But it turned out the other side of the dam is such a heaven.Continue reading
The weather was nice on Saturday. Since we usually don’t have a long workout on Saturdays. We often plan to visit some places locally during this pandemic crisis. After all, we have being stayed at home too long. It is good to just scroll around local towns and get some inspiration, So far, we have visited DTLA China Town and Little Tokyo, so we decided to visit Pasadena this Saturday.
A little bit information about Pasadena here. Pasadena is a city in California, northeast of downtown Los Angeles. In the center, Old Pasadena is a shopping and dining district known for its Victorian and art deco buildings. The strikingly modern Norton Simon Museum houses notable European and Asian art, plus a sculpture garden. The Rose Bowl is a sports stadium known for hosting the Rose Bowl Game, an annual college football clash usually held on January 1. Read on to enjoy the local journey with us.
We had a scenic drive around Arroyo Seco area. The Arroyo Seco Bridge is pretty amazing. With its majestic arches rising 150 feet above the deeply cut Arroyo Seco, the Bridge was proclaimed the highest concrete bridge in the world upon completion in 1913. The bridge impressed travelers from the day it opened. Until then, the crossing of the Arroyo Seco required horses and wagons to descend the steep eastern slope, cross a small bridge over the stream, and then climb the west bank through Eagle Rock Pass. Given this harsh topography, the Colorado Street Bridge proved a challenge to design and build. Solid footing eluded engineers in the seasonally wet arroyo bed. Hopefully, we are able to get a better video when we drive through again. In case, you want to take a “country-in-the-city walk, check out this article from LA Times.
Then we stopped by ArtCenter of College Design to take a photo with its famous Mural wall outside of the campus.Continue reading
Last weekend we did a small walk in China Town, DTLA. It’s quite amazing experience and we quite like the authenticity of China Town and cannot wait to go back to get some Dim-sum. This weekend we decided to visit Little Tokyo to check out what life look like during Post-COVID19.
Little Tokyo also known as Little Tokyo Historic District, is an ethnically Japanese American district in downtown Los Angeles and the heart of the largest Japanese-American population in North America. With roots dating to the 1880s, Little Tokyo is a major cultural and civic center for Japanese Americans living in Southern California. It is one of only three official Japan towns in the United States. Before COVID-19, we often came here to visit museums, restaurants, bars and all kinds of art events. Read on for our walking tour today in Little Tokyo.
As you know, we had a little get-away in Historic State Park and China Down yesterday. We actually also had a quick drive-through in DTLA at the end of the day. After all, it has been more than three months we haven’t been there thanks to the pandemic lock-down. Here is a quick video we put together.
Our Saturdays are all about exploration. Specially in the new normal under the current pandemic, we will have to get out to nature as much as we can to take good care of our wellness physically and mentally. Since locked-down in March, we haven’t been to DTLA. We decided to have a morning hiking in Historic State Park and go to visit new Proper Hotel in DTLA. Here is our little weekend journey.
State Historic Park
Saturday’s visit to SHP is our first time . We were really amazed by this 34-acres park , where rail-yards thrilled long time ago. Often referred to as “Central Park of Los Angeles,” the park occupies acreage just north of Chinatown between the L.A. River and the Elysian Hills, where pobladores who journeyed from Mexico and later arrivals from Europe, Asia and the United States drew their water. It was where, beginning in 1876, a generation of migrants from points east ended their rail sojourns to California, disembarking at the Southern Pacific Railroad’s River Station. With the dawn of the 20th century, it was where the town became an industrial city as the depot, restaurants and hotels gave way to rail yards and switching stations. It became known as the Cornfields, although there was scant evidence that corn ever grew there. You can click here to read more.
The public arts in the park are just mind-blowing. One of the public art inside the park includes this “Origins,” in above picture, a sculptural piece by Debra Scaccothat was inspired by the nearby L.A. River. “When I conceived the piece, it was particularly with this patch of land in mind because it really is about the changing courses of the river and the changing courses of this site, the original Zanja Madre,” says Scacco. “There’s a particular relevance to it and I’m delighted that it’s going to live here.” The material he used here is mirrored steel to reflect water rippling.
Finally, our beaches are re-opening. “It’s as if we were in Sleeping Beauty’s Castle, all asleep, all frozen, and suddenly there’s light and space.” It seems like we haven’t seen ocean for ages. With the beautiful warm weather, nothing can really beat spending a day by the beach for some fresh air and Vitamin D. And we got enough of them after 4-hour non-stop hiking by the beach.
At this special time, most of us probably cannot travel far away to see and explore different cultures. But thanks to internet, we are able to virtually experience some of the most amazing exotic destinations to cope with life that is full of uncertainties. Today, we are going to share with you a beautiful Lebanon getaway that is our love at the first sight.
Located in in the mountains near Kfour, a village about 45 minutes north of Beirut, the Beit Trad guesthouse , a traditional Lebanese mountain home that Sarah Trad restored and converted into a guesthouse with the help of architect Fadlo Dagher and interior designer Maria Ousseimi welcomes guests with its Lebanese tradition of hospitality. The guest house also doubles as Sarah’s own personal retreat.
In the picture above, we love how sumptuous Rubelli velvet fabric and modern Saarinen table and chairs juxtaposes with old world vintage pieces such as an antique rug, a chandelier and wall prints. The mix of present and past always injects interest and personality to any space. What really draw us to this living room is its cheerful and fashion-forward red, plump and purple color palette which stands out from a white wall backdrop. What cannot be better to sit in a beautiful room with fresh flowers, a lot of books, artwork and vintage pieces and of course sunshine.
In the above picture, we are really impressed by a Classic Blue tablecloth with vintage local prints serves as a canvas to showcase the delicate dinnerware and beautiful local roses. Different tasteful textiles on the dining chairs in similar color families add visual interest yet still stay cohesive. When things aren’t right in the world, wouldn’t be nice to just sit at a beautiful cozy table to take time to enjoy a meal or have a cup of tea?
Who wouldn’t love to sit here to enjoy a breathtaking Mediterranean sunset view? A striped upholstered cushy lounge chair invites us to take a seat on it with a cocktail. The mood here is casual and relaxing.
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