Lights, Camera, Action!

Yesterday Kongo visited Paramount Ranch with a couple of cowgirls.  The ranch is a Hollywood movie set built in the 1920s in Agoura Hills, about fifteen minutes from Kongo’s house. Hundreds of movies and television shows have been filmed here.  Everything from the Cisco Kid to Westworld.  It’s an active movie set even today although there was no filming going on during Kongo’s visit.  It’s also a national park where anyone can visit and its easy to get to, only a few miles off of the 101 Freeway. Kongo’s granddaughters wanted to come along for the visit and they are not…

Cooking at the Getty Villa

Kongo headed to the Getty Villa on the Malibu coast on Friday to dine with the gods.  No really.  He attended a culinary workshop titled “Dining with the Gods” based on a real menu that would have been served up at a villa on the shores of the Gulf of Naples early in the first century.  The Getty Villa is inspired by the floor plan of the Villa dei Papyri owned by Lucius Calpurnius Pico Caesoninus.  Getty’s villa was built to house Mr. Getty’s extensive collections of ancient Roman artifacts.  The original villa, now partially excavated by archeologists, sat about halfway…

Old Los Angeles

In downtown Los Angeles, not far from the towering skyscrapers and iconic city administration building is a small, out of the way pocket of Old Mexico known as Olivera Street.  If you’re running short of curios for your next Cinco de Mayo party or just need to stock up on Día de Muertos costumes, you need to head to Olivera Street.  It’s also a wonderful excursion and opportunity to learn about the history of this behemoth city on the West Coast.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Abandoned

The WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge this week is ABANDONED as in Abandon hope all ye who enter here…(Dante’s supposed sign over the entrance to Hell from his Divine Comedy).  Not quite hellish but still a little spooky is this abandoned shack on an old movie set in the hills north of Los Angeles.  See more abandoned images at the WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge

Photo Shoot at Paramount Ranch

While waiting for Santa Claus on Christmas Eve, Kongo and his granddaughters took a picnic lunch over to Paramount Ranch in Agoura Hills to do a photo shoot.  The girls wore their blue Christmas dresses they picked out themselves and raced off to explore the old western movie set while Kongo followed along and tried to get them to pause long enough to snap a couple of pictures.  It was a great lesson in the patience you have to learn if you want to photograph young children.