Saturday, June 8, 2013
Xi Jinping and Obama are pow-wowing in California. The sprawling venue, Sunnylands, was built by Walter and Leonore Annenberg in the 60s and it became a favourite retreat for politicians, actors, royalty and the like. It's stuffed full of digital reproductions of Picassos, Monets and Van Goghs (the originals were donated to the NY Met) and outside there's a 9-hole golf course and 11 lakes. The Queen, when she stayed in 1983, was told by Mrs Annenberg that she would "see how ordinary Americans live".