Dead tired by now from visiting so much of southern California?
dear reader, go a few minutes west of Pasadena or north of downtown Los Angeles to Glendale, home of Forest
Lawn, 1712 Glendale Avenue, on the border of Glendale and Los
In case you have any doubts left about just
how creative and wacky Southern Californians can be, Forest Lawn
will appease your concerns.
Yes, indeed. Your doubts will completely vanish.
In surprisingly good taste for such a place,
Forest Lawn offers a combination of cemetery and amusement park.
Voyageur kids you not.
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As long as your breath can still fog a mirror,
Forest Lawn is free, so come along. (If not, make sure your cold dead hands crutch your purse or wallet. Plots here cost big time.)
As can be expected, statues and stained glass
are everywhere, and the landscaping is extensive.
However, what really
brings the crowds—both dead and alive—are the larger than
life biblical depictions, including a stained glass version of the
Last Supper, which towers over you, and a huge—make that HUGE—painting
of the Crucifixion and Resurrection. Various other exhibits invite,
and a large dose of faux Michelangelo gets thrown into the mixture. You may particularly enjoy the fountains.
The alive and the living dead must restrict
visiting to between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Some "attractions"
are open just between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. For more information
and to confirm times and prices, check the Forest Lawn website for the Glendale location.
Forest Lawn, running out of plots to sell in
Glendale, opened other parks, including one on the border of Burbank and Los
Angeles, near Warner Brothers Studio. This offers a patriotic motif
with—in a bow to local demographics—Mexican culture
Forest Lawn is the blunt of many jokes, but
it is not at all tasteless.
manicured lawns and lack of headstones (there is a small ground-level
marker over each grave) make for a park like setting. This type of cemetary design has been much copied, but no one does it better.
This is the in place to be buried in L.A.
For more off the beaten track L.A.:
Go to >> San Gabriel Valley, Huntington,
Go to >> Knotts Berry Farm
Go to >> Burbank
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