Being a Tourist in my Own City: Getty Villa and Venice Boardwalk

Last week I was on Spring Break and I was lucky enough to have a day free from responsibilities so I decided to play “tourist” in my own home! I started my day at the Getty Villa in Malibu. I normally visit the Getty Center in Los Angeles so this was a nice change of pace in an incredibly gorgeous location!

Both of the Getty Museums are free admission, you just have to pay $15 for parking. The cool thing is that if you have a full day to spare you can use your parking pass at both locations and only pay once! If you’re planning on visiting the Getty Villa, make sure you make reservations in advance! They didn’t check my ticket but because it was  a week day it wasn’t very crowded, I would suggest making reservations just to be safe.

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Recreated fountain modeled after a fountain recovered from the ruins in Pompeii, Italy.

The Getty Villa houses J. Paul Getty’s collection of antiquities. The art displayed is from the Greek and Roman world, 6500 b.c. – 400 a.d. Currently some exhibits are being reinstalled so parts of the museum was closed to visitors but there was still plenty of exhibits to enjoy.

The Villa is modeled after a first century Roman villa, the Villa dei Papiri located in Herculaneum, Italy.

After I finished at the Getty, I drove down the PCH for about 20 minutes and spent some time walking down the Venice Beach Boardwalk. Had lunch from one of my favorite spots on the boardwalk, Malaka Brothers. Also visited Small World Books which is sort of hidden on the Boardwalk but its a really awesome book store that I highly recommend visiting!

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My gyro from Malaka Brothers Gyros on the boardwalk.

I had a blast exploring these familiar places and can’t wait for my next opportunity to explore the awesome places around me!

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