Friday

 

The Getty.
Griffith Observatory.
Mt. Hollywood.

Charge your Fitbit, strap on your comfiest shoes, clear your insta story and hold onto your hats - it’s adventure day. Whenever you’ve seen photos of our previous trips, it’s more than likely they will have been taken on this day. Today, we will be experiencing what are probably the three most breathtaking vistas in Los Angeles. The Getty, Griffith Observatory and Mt. Hollywood. By this point you will have had four leadership engagement sessions across a bunch of cities in Los Angeles County and seen swathes of the best LA has to offer. But you really ain’t seen nothing yet.

 
 
 
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We’ll get up, eat and pause as usual, to spend a quiet morning recovering after the move before hopping into the van to head off to our first stop, The Getty. Well, our second if you count lunch at a similarly prestigious, cultured and established Californian institution, In-N-Out Burger. (make sure you ask for the secret menu.)

 
 
 
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The Getty Trust is a cultural and philanthropic institution dedicated to the presentation, conservation, and interpretation of the world’s artistic legacy. The $1.3 billion Getty Center is well known for its architecture, gardens, and views overlooking Los Angeles. It is home to one of the most visited museums in the United States.  It was also a shoot location for Star Trek: Into Darkness. (Thanks Wikipedia.)

Current exhibitions and installations include, ‘The Birth of Pastel’, ‘The Legacy of Ancient Palmyra’, ‘Greek and Roman Sculpture from the Santa Barbara Museum of Art’ and ‘Roman Mosaics across the Empire’. It’s really good. If you like art, culture, architecture, history and panoramic views. If you don’t, bring a book.

 
 
 
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Once we’ve been thoroughly enriched and enlightened by the shoulders on which we stand (nanos gigantum humeris insidentes), we’ll dive back into the van and chase the setting sun to The Griffith Observatory, Southern California's gateway to the cosmos.

"Visitors can look through telescopes, explore exhibits, see live shows in the Samuel Oschin Planetarium, and enjoy spectacular views of Los Angeles and the Hollywood Sign!" Great!

 
 
 
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We’ll watch a spectacular sunset from there, then hop, skip and jump up Mt. Hollywood (taking great care to avoid P-22) to witness what is probably the most mindboggling view I’ve ever seen in my life - an unbroken carpet of light as far as you can see.

 
 
 
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Literally millions and millions of lights in every direction, representing millions and millions of people. It really is astonishing. We’ll wipe away our tears of wonder and head home to swap stories over cocoa.

 
Tom Olyott