What do Marilyn Monroe and Julia Child have in common?


Beth’s brother, Tom

Beautiful, talented women? Yes, but there is another link that we discovered at Filoli, a lovely garden 30 miles south of San Francisco.  Marilyn Monroe and Julia Child are roses!  Who knew?  We spied them not far apart in the rose garden at Filoli.  If only they could talk, one wonders what these two would say to each other.


Marilyn Monroe


Julia Child

Filoli’s name is an acronym from “Fight for a just cause; Love your fellow man; Live a good life.”  The Bourns family built the house and gardens, and, after their deaths, the Roth family bought the property. In 1975 Mrs. Roth donated Filoli to the National Trust for Historic Preservation.


The lovely garden is not pretentious or overly formal. We liked that.  We strolled down long lawns with Beth’s brother and sister-in-law, on paths lined with irises and roses, to a large meadow where we spotted violet green swallows on a wooden fence.


Eventually, hunger won out, and we dined on the café’s patio, followed by the obligatory trip to the gift shop.  We were tired, but we didn’t want the day to end without a visit to Half Moon Bay, so we drove up the winding mountain road and then down to the little town nestled in the foothills on the Pacific Coast.

Half Moon Bay is a charming place for a day’s visit: arty, a few nice book shops, good food, and close by the ocean. We ended the day at Pasta Moon where we dined very well.


The day was quintessential California: laid back, sunshine, gardens, good food, and wine.

May 2013

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Beth and Joe enjoy simple travel.
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3 Responses to What do Marilyn Monroe and Julia Child have in common?

  1. Oh Beth I love Filoli. I am so glad you got to visit and it is a lovely time of year for the gardens. We have also visited Muckross House in Ireland, which has a Filoli connection. http://www.filoli.org/explore-filoli/history/the-bourns-build-filoli.html

  2. Those roses are exquisite. I always enjoy visiting a beautiful garden and being inspired by what others have done. Thanks for sharing this one.

  3. Louise Millikan says:

    So glad you all got there. Such lovely gardens…such a hidden treasure! xxx

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