Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Pasadena and San Marino, CA 12/29/2015

On the road again Tuesday Dec. 30.  25 this morning, brr.  To the bus by 7 am.  We weren’t last this time.
We arrived early but were entertained and were participants of a “Drumming” Program.  As we entered we were all given small drums and a drum stick.  
  The leaders were excellent and made the 45 minutes pass quickly.  It was great fun.

Pasadena City College Tournament of Roses Herald Trumpets opened the show.
  Pasadena City College Tournament of Roses Honor Band

  Round Rock High School Dragon Band from 
Round Rock, Texas
Lakota West Marching Firebirds from West Chester Ohio
 The Band raised $600,000 to come to the Rose Parade and activities.
 Helsingor Pigegarde Elsinore Girls Marching Band from Hornbaeck, Denmark
 Temple City Band
O’Fallon Township High School, O’Fallon, IL

Back on the bus we received the box lunch we had ordered when we registered for the Rally.  Because our next stop was the Huntington Library and Botanical Gardens, San Marino.
First was going to be the Chinese Gardens but we saw signs for a Stone Show so checked that out.

Then stopped at the Conservatory.  I couldn’t take good photos because it was so warm and humid that my camera lens fogged up.
Pavilion of the Three Friends in the Chinese Garden 

 Interesting rocks

Japanese Garden
 Japanese House.  First it started to drizzle, then rain.  Oops, left our umbrellas in the bus, so hustled off to the art exhibits.   
 But still I had to stop to take photos as we passed thru the Rose Garden.
 The Huntington  Art Gallery was originally the Huntington’s residence.

 Lawrence’s Pinkie
 Gainsborough’s Blue Boy 
Display of Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales in the Main Exhibition Hall
Gutenberg Bible on vellum
 Audubon’s The Birds of America (life size drawings)
 Breakfast in Bed, Mary Cassatt in the Gallery of American Art.  

What an exceptional place to visit.  I think because of the rain we were forced inside which was good.  The artwork was so impressive to see.  So much amazing art and one of a kind manuscripts.

Another outstanding day.

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