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January 16: Art in LA

Today we began our day with a walking tour of downtown Los Angeles. Our amazing tour guide, Phil, took us to many historic sites including the Angels Flight to Olvera Street. The Angels Flight is a railway that was shut down but it is now in use thanks to the producers of La La Land breaking a city rule. Olvera street is full of small shops that have been run by families for multiple generations. It was a great way to end the tour and do a little shopping.

After we headed to the town, Los Feliz, where we had some free time to shop and eat some lunch. I went to a restaurant named Quench that had yummy acai bowls. The town was filled with vintage stores and cafes.

Our next stop was the Getty museum. Unfortunately the majority of the museum was closed but the outside had a beautiful garden with a pond in the middle. The inside had not only Dutch and Flemish portraits, but also many versions of the Annunciation and Pieta. It also had stained glass, illuminated manuscripts, and sculptures. My personal favorite was "Moonlight Landscape with a View of the Amstel River and Castle Kostverloren" by Aert Van Der Neer. I ended my time at the museum by sitting on the grass and admiring the sunset.

For dinner, we headed to Westwood which is a little town next to UCLA. We got a free time to explore a little bit and get some food. I went to a place called Sweetfin and had a really tasty poke bowl. After dinner we headed back to the hotel and went to bed.

- Emily

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