Friday, December 23, 2011

FuN things come in 3’s


I’ve been very busy lately, what with Christmas being right around the corner, but if you were to ask me what I’ve been up to…well, I can’t rightly say. Isn’t that terrible?? I know…it is. But I can tell you that 3 fun things happened last weekend.


I turned 50 for one, so Yes! I am now a 1/2 century old.
To celebrate my 50th I thought it would be fun to visit a few sights that were much older then me and since I’ve always wanted to ride the Funicular in down town LA and visit the Biltmore Hotel that was where hubby and I went to celebrate.


This lovely little train/trolley is the shortest railway in the world and was built in 1901 where it was used to shuttle the Victorians from their homes on Bunker Hill to the business district below. I’ve always imagined it filled with ladies in Bustle gowns and men wearing bowler hats. It’s a short 298 ft. ride up the hill for the price of a quarter.


At the top of the Funicular we stopped at Starbuck’s for a refreshing frosty Peppermint Frappuccino…yum! 


This is a view of the fountain in Pershing square taken from the top floor of the Biltmore. I had to lean wwwwaaaayyyyy out over the railing to get this picture and felt ever so dizzy when I pulled myself back. Interesting, now that I look at the picture there’s not a person in the square. It was a quiet day in LA,


And this is a view of the roof lines directly across the street. There's so much beautiful stone work to see up there that it’s a shame you can’t see it well from below. I’m a wee bit crazy about architecture, in case you didn’t know “-).


Anywho, we hung out at the Biltmore for quite a while, walking up and down halls and exploring every corner. Here I am in the Ladies Room. I loved how the lights reflected in the mirror and formed an arc.


If you’ve never been to the Biltmore I highly recommend it…even if it is just to look around. There are amazing light fixtures every where. These are located in the atrium room, where many movies have been filmed. One of my favorites is a Bollywood version on Pride and Prejudice, titled, “Bride and Prejudice.”


Hubby and I plopped ourselves in two comfy chairs and watched as people moved about in the main lobby. As I sat there, I thought to myself, “I could easily get used to this.” Everything was so beautiful!
Somewhere in my memory I remember telling my mother that I was born into the wrong family. I had this crazy notion that the stork who flew me was instructed to set me down at the Vanderbilt’s, but accidently dropped me and I rolled into my mother’s yard instead. Of course, she was delighted to have such a sweet child to care for. Yep! Wrong family indeed, but then the Lord had other plans for me…you know I’m just kidding right?


Well, I must get out of here for now and begin my Christmas baking, but I’ll be back later with more on the Biltmore.
If I don’t see you before then I hope you all have a
VeRy MeRrY CHRISTmas!!!
xoxo Cori


ellen b. said...

Oh girl you've reached a milestone! I for one really enjoyed my 50's decade. It was very nice. What fun to visit these great L.A. landmarks. Love all the photos. A very Merry Christmas to you!!

Deborah said...

Oh ever so lovely pics, Cori! Happy Birthday very very late...I am running about 16 months behind lately. It looks like a perfect birthday and welcome to the Fabulous Fifties! **kisskiss** Deb said...

HAPPY HAPPY HAPPPPPY 50th birthday you darling!!!

Oh, what an exciting b-day!!

And, what a beautiful trip! What fun, oooo, romantic and exquisite!!

You are a doll in the mirror! I swear, we could be sisters!

Well, you are my sister in my heart of hearts!!!

Happy belated holidays, and a magical New Year too!!

So much love, from me to you!

Renee said...

50s aren't so bad. Happy birthday.

I knew where you were as soon as I saw the Angel's Flight sign but only because that was the name of one of Michael Connelly's books:)

I love your pictures. Love the bathroom mirror and light picture.

I'm obessed with taking pictures of buildings. So many have so many beautiful details when you just take the time to look.

A few years ago we went to The Biltmore (home of the Vanderbilts) near Bristol Tenn. Oh my it was one of the most be "homes" I've ever been in. Very impressive. And it was so sad that he only lived there a few years before his death from appendicitis.