I can't believe I've never gone to the Arboretum in Arcadia before yesterday. It's like Disneyland for Plant lovers. There are different lands: Australia, Africa, Asia, The Americas - lakes, ponds, waterfalls and (my favorite) an herb garden, with the San Gabriel Mountains in the backround.
Apparently, it's one of the most
filmed locations in Los Angeles (Tarzan movies, Fantasy Island, Love Boat, The Road to Singapore, The African Queen - to name a few) Yes, here stands the cottage where little Tattoo (or whatever his name was) on Fantasy Island pointed to the sky and called out "Da plane! Da Plane!"
Before walking around, my husband and I drove toward the mountains, stopped in the lovely town of Sierra Madre where we ate sandwiches and drank Italian sodas at Bean Town Coffee bar; it's the type of place (fresh food, coffee, ice cream in a livingroom like setting - cushioned chairs, tables, board games & computers inside and tables outside) that I would have if I ever open a place to eat.