Thursday, January 9, 2014

Lions And Tigers And Bears, Oh My!

When I visited Southern California recently, we stopped at the studio where they filmed The Wizard of Oz.

All the cast stayed in this Hotel.  Legend has it that a secret underground tunnel was built for the munchkins so that they could go back and forth between the studio and the hotel so no one would see them before the movie.

Come along, and I'll show you more.

The swan fixtures in the bathroom were so cool.

This was on the door of the Girls' bathroom.

And the Boys'.

Nel loves this bookshelf.  It stretches up to the top of the ceiling with a tall ladder.

This chandelier hangs pretty in the hotel.

So Cal is a fun place to visit!


barb said...

Fun, I want more. This is why I read blogs.

Patty Patterson said...

What a fun place to visit. I'm glad you are taking lots of pictures of these memories. I didn't even know that place existed.

Mary Smither said...

What a lovely place!

Marcia Pilar said...

Oh my, looks like we're not in Kansas anymore. ;) What a lovely tour, my friend. I visited So Cal in 1987, when my husband and I spent a week in San Fran, drove down Pacific Coast Hwy to So Cal to visit with my cousin for a couple of days, then hopped on a plane for another week touring islands in Hawaii. times.
I love the bookshelf here and the swan faucet is dreamy.
Thank you for stirring good memories.

syros2js said...

I want more, too!!!
I loved this... escape!!!
(The swans in the bathroom are amazing!)
Hugs and kisses, my friend!

sophie said...

wow great pics!
happy new year darling!
wish you the best!

Mary@mydogsmygardenandmary said...

Sherri, I live in So CA and I didn't even know about this. What hotel is it? I will have to make a little trip there.
All of my hummers left because there is one that is so MEAN he chases everyone away and I think they got tired of trying to eat. It broke my heart, as I got to attached to them.
Hopefully they will come back. I know how much you love them.
Great memories of your trip.


What a fun place, indeed. Loved those swan faucets.

Mary Palumbo Collings said...

What a fun place to visit Sheri! Can you believe that I haven't been there. Love the movie… just watched it recently for the gazillionth time, haha…

Alina said...

This has made me go "California Dreaming" :0) Love it! XO

Imogen said...

Wow. This is so exciting. I would love to visit there. It must have been very interesting and amazing. I’m impressed by the swan taps. I have never seen anything like that before. I wish I could get them in my apartment.

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

You know, I've never been to this studio, but on my recent visit, going down Sunset Blvd was a treat to see how Hollywood has changed since my day!

I must run off to work now dearest, but it's always good to see one of your posts. HAVE FUN! Anita

Joyce Olson said...

I love this! The Wizard of Oz is my all time favorite movie! I am so enjoying reading all about this-and the photos too. What beautiful bathroom fixtures. Such a delightful post for a Friday morning!
Have a lovely weekend my dear,

Yuli Conversations said...

Such gorgeous details! I love how you ladies get together for new adventures! Would be a dream to join you one day ;)


Mary Timmers said...

See,that's why I wish I lived in California! Besides great weather, you have all this other cool stuff! Great pics, Sheri, and I especially loved those gorgeous swan fixtures in the bathroom. Loved the bookcase with the tall ladder too. Thanks for the tour!


Riitta Sinikka said...

♥ vov!! What a beautiful place!! Happy Weekend, my dear friends!♥ xxx Riitta

miss b said...

A very Happy New Year to you, Sheri and your family. A little belated but I'm just back home from my holiday. What a great post. I love the pictures on the bathroom doors and the bookcase to. I like to visit places where there are so many interesting details to admire.

Patricia said...

So very interesting Sheri. The swan fixture is gorgeous and it does indicate what a special movie it was, that photos of the cast are still kept in the hotel. Thank you for showing this piece of Hollywood history. xxx

tinttarus said...

Such a wonderful place!
Grate details, so beutiful!
Have a lovely sunday♥
We got snow yesterday and now there is so much lighter outside. I like♥
I´m goingo out with my camera:)

Tulla and Catie said...

Seems to be a nice place to visit. I also love the book shelf with the ladder - looks so sophisticated :).
Have a nice week,

Barbara said...

Oops, I'm way behind reading blog posts! Busy, busy, busy, with photography online courses and with our new puppy :)

What a wonderful place to visit. I love The Wizard of Oz and saw it many many times!

Have a wonderful week,

Kristie Franklin said...

Hi Sheri,

I just tried to leave a comment and when I hit the button to publish, a blank page came up Service Unavailable??

I'm just now trying to play catch-up since the Christmas holidays visiting blogs. What a fun trip you had. I always loved the Wizard of Oz and as a child watched it every year it was on the TV (in black and white back then LOL) So glad you had a nice trip! :-)

CraveCute said...

This is really amazing! Thanks so much for sharing all the information and the neat images! The original is still my favorite!

Angelsdoor * Penny said...

Hi Sheri,
Lived here my entire life and have never been there.. Going to put this on my list! I love this hotel.
Thank you so much for your sweet comment about my puppets.

Antee Gurung said...

Oh my!! I must add this in my bucket list. Looks really awesome n a great visit


Celestina Marie Design said...

Hi Sheri, what a fun tour you took us on of this amazing place. I loved it all and those swan fixtures are stunning. I would love to have the ladder for my library!! LOL
Wishing you a great week my friend.