Trip Start Dec 27, 2012
9Trip End Jan 06, 2013
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Fortunately our plans for Saturday involved predominantly indoor activities, as we had arranged to go to downtown LA and visit the MOCA (Museum of Contemporary Art), and have a wander around the central area
We had planned to join one of the museum's guided tours to aid our understanding of the key works, but as 1pm approached we realised we were all very hungry, so we repaired to the California Kitchen (i.e., a pizza restaurant) for Lunch. Being the USA, the pizzas were enormous, there were free re-fills of lemonade, the service was amazing, and the whole thing incredibly good value. Suitably fortified, we decided to skip the guided tour, and make our way to the Geffen (a sister gallery to MOCA in an edgier part of downtown), which turned out to be much bigger, and much better than MOCA..
This time we DID join the guided tour, led by a lovely old lady in a red jumper, who insisted on asking questions of our little tour group, which we invariably couldn't answer! After the tour we spent time in a fascinating photographic exhibition (in the same building). It was a huge collection of portraits, divided by themes, but designed to show the links between different generations. The photographer had spent many years travelling the world to record the various family groups, with such diverse subjects as an Indian man whose land had been appropriated after the title deeds recorded him as dead, and the body double of one of Saddam Hussain's sons!
We emerged afterwards into the late afternoon sun, happy that the rain had marched on, and made our way back to Juliette's for a much needed cuppa. Our energy duly restored, we popped into South Pasadena for a wander around the rather quaint shopping area - the high street was full of interesting coffee shops, a second hand book shop, a bakery, plus, Menchies, where we stopped for frozen yogurt!
Juliette had been tempting us with a potential night out at a line-dancing club (!)