Franklyn's 2010 Birthday

The family is one of nature's masterpieces.  ~George Santayana

Franklyn's Birthday 2010

It was decided to go to the Grove of Los Angeles for a nice leisurely lunch! The complex fills space previously occupied by an orchard and nursery (the last remains of a dairy farm owned by A.F. Gilmore in the latter part of the 19th century). In spite of controversy over potentially increased traffic in a neighborhood that already offered several other shopping venues, including the Beverly Center, the developers began demolition of an antique alley and other older buildings on Third Street behind CBS Television City, and broke ground for the new mall in 1999. The Grove opened in 2002.

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Theo is ready to eat!

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Did you know? - he 575,000-square-foot (53,400 m2) outdoor marketplace is located in Los Angeles' Fairfax District. Caruso Affiliated claims to have modeled its architectural designs on indigenous Los Angeles buildings, influenced by classic historic districts with shopping alleys, broad plazas, and intimate courtyards. However, the design is a series of Art Deco-style false fronts with boxy interiors similar to other contemporary stores.

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Franklyn's Birthday 2010 1/30/2010
Someone is having a good time!

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We enjoyed all the foot traffic outside the restaurant

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Franklyn's Birthday 2010 1/30/2010

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Franklyn's Birthday 2010 1/30/2010

Franklyn's Birthday 2010 1/30/2010

Franklyn's Birthday 2010 1/30/2010

Did you know? - The Grove features a large center park with an animated fountain by WET. Its music-fountain show plays every half hour, though the feature has a non-musical program in between shows. The water's choreography is reminiscent of the Fountains of Bellagio in Las Vegas—also designed by WET—but on a smaller scale.

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Franklyn's Birthday 2010 1/30/2010

Franklyn's Birthday 2010 1/30/2010

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Did you know? - A fountain (from the Latin "fons" or "fontis", a source or spring) is a piece of architecture which pours water into a basin or jets it into the air either to supply drinking water or for decorative or dramatic effect.

Fountains were originally purely functional, connected to springs or aqueducts and used to provide drinking water and water for bathing, but in ancient Rome they began to be used as decorative elements in gardens and courtyards. The art of fountains reached its peak in the fountains of the palaces of Moorish Spain in the 14th century; in the Italian Renaissance garden in the 15th and 16th century; in the fountains of the Gardens of Versailles in the seventeenth century; and the decorative fountains of Rome in the seventeenth and eighteenth century.

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Someone likes the fountain

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Great water displays

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Franklyn's Birthday 2010 1/30/2010

Franklyn's Birthday 2010 1/30/2010

Franklyn's Birthday 2010 1/30/2010

Tram Ride Time!

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Franklyn's Birthday 2010 1/30/2010
Beep beep

Did you know? - A tram, tramcar, trolley, trolleycar, or streetcar is a railborne vehicle, of lighter weight and construction than a conventional train, designed for the transport of passengers (and, very occasionally, freight) within, close to, or between villages, towns and/or cities, on tracks running primarily on streets. Certain types of cable car are also known as trams.

Did you know? - An internal transit system uses electric-powered trolley cars to link The Grove and the adjacent Farmers Market.

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Franklyn's Birthday 2010 1/30/2010

Franklyn's Birthday 2010 1/30/2010

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The "Spirit Of Los Angeles" statue

Did you know? - Close to the entrance of the Grove Shopping Center, on its Main Street, is a magnificent statue by nationally renowned sculptor, De L’Esprie, entitled, “The Spirit of Los Angeles.”

This magnificent bronze statue is a male and a female angel soaring upward. It rests on a multi-footed concrete foundation, surrounded by a small but well tended and colorful flower bed.

Overall, it proudly stands over 32 feet in height, and the angel’s wingspan is 10 feet in length. Scripted at the sculpture’s base is a poem, which expresses many people’s thoughts; including yours truly. Thank you, Noelle Donfeld, for your wonderful words:

“Firmly planted under my feet
Is a land that cries for freedom.
Firmly planted in my heart
Are the people who long to live
As an eagle flies
In boundless skies,
Rising, rising.
I am determined to stand
Tall and strong and free
This is my country, my land;
It’s part of me.
Firmly planted in my fist
Is the seed of my own freedom.
Firmly planted in my will
Is the power to let it grow
Like the winter grain
That fills the plain.
Rising, rising.
I am determined to stand
Tall and strong and free.
This is my country, my land;
It’s part of me.
This is my country, my land
And my destiny “

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Theo and GramSue

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Civilization!

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The place was packed

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Franklyn's Birthday 2010 1/30/2010
Theo is studying the people

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Franklyn's Birthday 2010 1/30/2010
The famous Farmers Market clock tower

Did you know? - Although clock towers are today mostly admired for their aesthetics, they once served an important purpose. Before the middle of the twentieth century, most people did not have watches, and prior to the 18th century even home clocks were rare. The first clocks didn't have faces, but were solely striking clocks, which sounded bells to call the surrounding community to prayer. They were therefore placed in towers so the bells would be audible for a long distance. Clock towers were placed near the centres of towns and were often the tallest structures there. As clock towers became more common, the designers realized that a dial on the outside of the tower would allow the townspeople to read the time whenever they wanted.

The use of clock towers dates back to the antiquity. The earliest clock tower was the Tower of the Winds in Athens which featured eight sundials. In its interior, there was also a water clock (or clepsydra), driven by water coming down from the Acropolis.[3] A striking clock tower was constructed many centuries later in 1154 near the Umayyad Mosque in Damascus, Syria, by the Arab engineer al-Kaysarani.[4] In England, a clock was put up in a clock tower, the medieval precursor to Big Ben, at Westminster, in 1288; and in 1292 a clock was put up in Canterbury Cathedral. The oldest surviving clock tower in Europe is the Salisbury cathedral clock, completed in 1306; and another clock put up at St. Albans, in 1326, 'showed various astronomical phenomena'.

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Franklyn's Birthday 2010 1/30/2010

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Neat decorations... Plastic bottles stripped open to make flowers