Today's adventure took me to Glendale and the adjacent Atwater Village. My first stop was a Scottish pub/restaurant called the Tam O'Shanter. Unfortunately I didn't have a traditional kilt with my family's tartan (not that it would matter because I'm not Scottish) but I did wear my new yellow dress. It added a little sunshine to the dark atmosphere of the pub and also the atypical overcast weather we had today. Luckily, I found some festive flowers which adorned the outside of the pub.
Below is the sign for the Tam O'Shanter and a picture of the restaurant's exterior. The Tam O'Shanter has been in Atwater Village since 1922. During the day they have a carving station where you can choose from a variety of meats which make for a delectable sandwich. You can also choose from a hearty selection of ale (I chose one from Scotland). This was actually Walt Disney's favorite restaurant and he ate here almost every day. I wonder what sandwich/ale combination Walt preferred?
The real meat of our adventure focused on going to the Glendale branch of Forest Lawn which is not a cemetery (even though it is) but rather is referred to as a memorial park (it all boils down to semantics). The founder, Dr. Hubert Eaton, wanted to create a park-like atmosphere to celebrate life as opposed to death. His vision was to veer away from the dark and bleak atmosphere of your typical cemetery by eliminating headstones and adding artwork, fountains and landscaping to the grounds.
So why visit a cemetery... I mean memorial park? Well, Dr. Eaton was a patron of the arts and created a museum for all to enjoy on the premises of Forest Lawn. This museum includes quite a hodgepodge of art including stain glassed windows, western bronze statues, suits of armor and a gigantic diorama of the Crucifixion, which is 195 feet in length. For this month Forest Lawn featured an exhibit on, believe it or not, Lego's. That's right, their special exhibit was called "The Art of the Brick" which focused on Lego artwork.
Photos were not allowed inside the museum so I took a few outside of the museum. In a couple of the photos you can see the back drop of the city of Glendale. Well, this was one adventure to check off my list, but there are so many more to go!
Outfit: Dress: Lauren by Ralph Lauren (Another Marshal's find), Shoes: Ann Klein, Necklace: Kate Spade, Bag: LV Alma in Menthe