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Technically, it's in Pacific Palisades, but the Getty Villa — which reopens tomorrow — feels like it's a million miles from the PCH.

Newly added are a tall, rectangular entry (stairs. Lotsa stairs) and an amphitheater that faces the Villa. The entry serves to make visitors feel small and meek, but it also creates an almost tunnel-like experience that conducts them out of the traffic-y, hectic world below.

What struck us the most was this other-worldliness. People pay millions to live in crampy condos on the beach below; up here, with the Pacific glimmering in the distance, the sun shining, the grand garden spread out seemingly just for us, we wanted to kick back and wait for someone to bring us some bakalva and wine.

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Going to the Getty Villa is a rare chance to, for an afternoon, live the life of an oil magnate.

Picures of the Getty Villa are here on Flickr.