July 29, 2013

a moroccan retreat here in so cal

this is on my list for our next weekend retreat....
the korakia pensione


   



via the korakia pensione

ciao! fabiana

July 21, 2013

the Sawdust Art Festival ~ Laguna Beach


Last Saturday night was my first visit ever to the Sawdust Festival.  Nestled between the mountains of Laguna Canyon, and only a couple of minutes from downtown Laguna Beach, the Sawdust Festival has been a tradition here in southern California since 1968.  The festival features 200 local artists, live entertainment, classes, art demonstrations, and outdoor cafes. 





Entering the festival...
























Marcus Thesing has one of the most amazing booths showcasing his hand blown art glass.  Some of his pieces remind me of  genie bottles.



Gavin Heath also has an incredible booth. 

















We enjoyed listening to two fun bands.


The Sawdust festival runs all summer long, until September 1st, and they are open from 10-10 everyday.  Come out for a visit! 


Here's more info about the Sawdust Festival and their facebook page.
Ciao!
Fabiana

July 20, 2013

greystone mansion gardens


The historic Greystone Mansion
is located on a beautiful hillside in Beverly Hills
with magnificent views of Los Angeles,
Hollywood, and Beverly Hills and beyond.  

Also known as the Doheny estate,
this 19th Century English Revival style home
was finished in 1928,
and includes formal Italian and English gardens,

koi ponds, fountains and waterfalls. 


A tall alley of cypress trees and lavender framed 
by cascading stone fountains and tall arches.





The inner courtyard with circular fountain in the center.






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The koi and turtle Reflection Pond.




Spectacular view of the city of angels.




A glass sculpture in another pond in the lower garden.


A small waterfall emptying into the koi pond.


Looking towards the Cypress Walk and small fountain.

For more history and visiting info,
 please check out the
Greystone Mansion on facebook.

ciao! fabiana


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