I was given a MAMAS AND PAPAS get away from our sweet neighbors for my birthday back in JULY!
Three days of SUN and DESERT in Southern California.
Better known as the STOMPING grounds of OLD HOLLYWOOD.
I was excited because it is the perfect place to “DON” a CAFTAN from Morning till Night.
I decided ahead I would ONLY WEAR CAFTANS!
SO, that is EXACTLY what I DID!
PAPA, was put to work snapping me and my OUTFITS!
Thats right PAPA is our Nickname and I’m MAMA!
You know HIM BEST as THE ITALIAN!
One NEVER knows HOW HIS PHOTOS WILL TURN OUT!
THE VIEW from the TOP of THE TRAM.
Thats the Airport landing runway!
Looks kind of SHORT from HERE!
Diane insisted upon being my PHOTOGRAPHER!
WE HAD FUN!
CAN YOU TELL?
CONTESSA AT LARGE in THE WOODS above the Palm Springs DESERT!
I read a book once about HOW TREES communicate to each other!
This tree behind us is leaning on the other for SUPPORT!
Or bending in for a KISS!
MY ITALIAN on the LEFT and MY neighbor PAUL on the RIGHT!
HANGING ON FOR DEAR LIFE in the TRAM!
The OPERATOR was GREAT as he had us SINGING SWEET CAROLINE at the top of our voices!
Every TOWER we encountered made the TRAM SWING!!!!!!!!
THE MUSIC REALLY HELPED!
Never Mind the floor was MOVING in a circular way!
CAFTANS AND KIMONO’s WORK WELL TOGETHER at SUNNYLANDS!
A WALK ABOUT SUNNYLANDS
proved full of INSPIRATION, COMFORTABLE BENCHES and THE BIGGEST JACK RABBIT I had EVER SEEN!
I LOVE THIS MULCH!
After SUNNYLANDS we hit the BOTANICAL GARDEN.
I lost my KIMONO to my BASKET BAG and pulled out MY HAT as the SUN was heating up!
Featuring a Carla Christoph DESIGN!
Words that made sense to me!
ALWAYS good to remind yourself to SLOW DOWN!
I noticed Palm Springs to be VERY QUIET and NO TRAFFIC!
WHAT A BREATH OF FRESH AIR!
The old House which is situated in the MOORTEN’S FAMILY BOTANICAL GARDENS.
I was looking for the date of this house and found this instead!
“We used to go out and collect tumbleweeds, package them up, put them on a railcar. They’d ship them to the east coast and use them as window displays for Saks Fifth Avenue and Neiman Marcus, those upscale stores.”
CAFTANS and BASKETS compliment each other!
MY SHOES are by ILSA Jacobson and can be found here in every color of the rainbow!
These were a BIRTHDAY GIFT AS WELL from my DEAR FRIEND JENNY!
I learned at these GARDENS from another LADY that they can go into the washing machine as well!
She had the GREY pair on the day prior at THE TRAM!
WE recognized each other!
POT DETAILS AT THE BOTANICAL GARDENS!
CAN YOU SPY THE BABY TORTOISE THIS ONE IS HUGGING?
(To the left of HER HEAD!)
The remains of an OLD COVERED WAGON!
THE LAURA ENGAL WILDER IN ME LOVED SEEING THIS!
LITTLE HOUSE on THE PRAIRE!
Those by gone days when Television was worth watching!
IT MATCHED MY OUTFIT SO MADE THE PHOTO SCROLL!
IT has seen BETTER DAYS!
I WONDER WHO SAT HERE?
Color coordination was a FLUKE!
The ITALIAN can FIX ANYTHING!
SO, when the drawer at the CONDO said, “DO NOT OPEN THIS DRAWER!”
He had to do it to see the problem!IT was fixed after a quick visit to the HARDWARE STORE!
Left with a BIG X on top of the message!
Here I am with DIANE and we are headed to dinner at SPENCERS in the OLD Palm Springs TENNIS CLUB where her husband grew up taking family vacations from the Bay Area!FAST forward TO TODAY and we are staying in one of the two condo’s his parents invested in in the 1970’s.
AGAIN we are coordinated without THOUGHT!
For those of you who say you are TOO SHORT TO WEAR A CAFTAN I would like to point out this is 5’10’ verses Diane’s height of………… 5’2″!!
ART MUSEUM in Palm Springs!
WHAT IS THIS MADE OF?
TAKE A MOMENT BEFORE YOU SCROLL DOWN AND I TELL YOU!
CRUSHED SODA CANS!
WE are in a MODERN ART MUSEUM which isNOT my THING but I do find this FASCINATING as I could not tell from a distance what this was made from!
I had assumed it was a weave of some sort!
A GOOD WAY TO RECYCLE!
OKAY people help me OUT HERE as I AM A RENAISSANCE WOMAN AT HEART with MY ART!
WHO DECIDES THIS IS ART?
I AGREE, it is a rather pretty SPILL……………..BUT NOT ART!
MAKES ME LAUGH OUT LOUD!
Which is worth the price of ADMISSION!
WHO DECIDES WHAT IS MODERN ART ANYWAY?
I LIKE THE COLORS HERE.
YOUR CONTESSA and a CHIHULY!
From what I read these fragments of glass were LEFTOVERS from chandeliers that were made in VENICE, ITALY.
COLORFUL and very OCTOPUS LOOKING!
I feel I blended in PERFECTLY!
Taking up residence in THE Palm Springs MUSEUM
I KID YOU NOT!
I wonder how long the ARTIST spent on HIS KNOTS and how much time to leave the yellow draw strings TO SHOW OR NOT TO SHOW?
Second glance, I do not think those are draw strings!
Note the size gradually goes up from round circular to end in a rectangular shape!
PLACEMENT IS KEY!
(SERIOUSLY, if someone can help me understand how this is ART LEAVE A COMMENT!)
I KNOW A FEW OF YOU ARE ARTISTS OUT THERE!
NOW, these were COOL………ORANGE CUSHIONS on the STAIRS to the MUSEUM!
I bet BANKSY would ENJOY these on the way UP from our chicken coop!
AFTER the MUSEUM we went to race a couple of GO-CARTS!
I do NOT think I have ever been in a GO-CART like this before……..BUMPER CARS YES!
But NO BUMPING WAS ALLOWED in THESE WICKED GAS SMELLING ENGINES!
I hiked up THAT YUME CAFTAN and put my PEDAL TO THE METAL!
WE were given 5 minutes which I believe was more like 10 minutes as I lost count after the third lap!
I could NOT wait for the BELL TO GO OFF!
MY TAILBONE is still feeling the bumps in the road!
I HAD A HARD TIME ACCELERATING IN THE TURNS FOR FEAR I WOULD TIP!
BUT I DID IT!
A FEW YEARS AGO I WOULD HAVE SAT IT OUT SO THIS IS PROGRESS!
AFTER THE GO-CART OUTING I ANNOUNCED I NEEDED A DRINK!
OFF WE WENT TO THE PARKER HOTEL
AS I had a couple of BLOGGING BUDDIES mention it!
They would NOT let us wander around as we were NOT staying there but we had a drink!!
The inside restaurant looked FABULOUS with a white baby grand.
THE MOST INTERESTING FACT WAS THIS WAS THE FIRST HOLIDAY INN IN CALIFORNIA BACK IN THE DAY!
IF THEY COULD ONLY SEE IT NOW!
A QUICK BITE to eat at EL PATRON before we headed to the airport to fly home to a 4 point something earthquake that knocked things off the wall and broke a few bits and bobs in MIA CASA!
THAT NEVER HAPPENS!!!
THE JOYS OF CALIFORNIA LIVING!
The chef came out as I had asked for a TOSTADA as I’m Gluten Free, Dairy Free and Yeast FREE STILL!
He suggested cauliflower and corn with salsa and cabbage and a BIG home made TORTILLA.
Not only was I IMPRESSED with Their CARE and service but it tasted GOOD as well!
Earned them a YELP REVIEW from me!
BY the way I had MY FIRST DRINK IN 13 months a SKINNY MARGARITA!MY New TEXAN FRIEND told me there is NO YEAST in TEQUILA and to add Lime Juice and Agave Nectar.
Needless, to say I am HOOKED!