Wednesday, July 29, 2009

los angeles

So last week my mom & I went to Los Angeles to visit my sister who is living there now. We left on Wednesday and just got back a couple of days ago. I had a great time! My mom & I were on separate flights on the way there, so I didn’t land in LA until really late Wednesday night. The next day my sis had to work, so mi madre y yo explored the city all day. We went to the La Brea Tarpits (guess whose idea that was) in the morning and we drove around LA the rest of the day. That night Ashley & I went to dinner at Jones in West Hollywood (George Clooney had his birthday party here). It was good catching up with her and we ate entirely too much. The next day we took the VIP Tour of Warner Bros Studios – I love this! It was a 2 hour tour of the backlots & television sets that Warner Bros film all their tv shows on. We saw the sets, props & costumes of Gossip Girl, Two & Half Men, and a bunch of other shows. We also got to walk on stage at the Ellen Degeneres show – so cool. They showed us the elaborate set (it’s like a mini town) of the new show Eastwick which comes out this fall. We saw them designing and putting props out in the “art studio” which is where Rebecca Romign will work on the show. Loves. We also got to go in this special Harry Potter room where they have all the costumes from the HP movies – I think mi madre almost died. We also saw Clint Eastwood & George Clooney’s production studios. Fun fun fun. That night Ash & I went to eat at the Velvet Margarita – love this place! It was so fresh & eccentric. The next day we went to wine country! This was my favorite day. We drove through Santa Barbara and stopped to shop & have lunch at an outdoor cafĂ©. Ok, I LOVE Santa Barbara!! Soo cute & beachy. Everyone is walking and riding bikes and the weather was perfect. Love love this city. After spending a couple of hours in Santa Barbara we finished the drive to wine country. We had to drive up the mountains which gave me a slight panic attack because I honestly thought we were going to fall off the side of the mountain. We ended up in this cute little Swedish town called Solvang. We did a few wine tastings there and then made our way to Bridlewood Winery & Vineyard. I had never been to a vineyard before and it was so beautiful. We all drank a lot of wine and took a carriage tour of the entire vineyard. Absolutely stunning. After the vineyard we drove back through Santa Barbara on the way home and stopped at this famous seafood restaurant called Brophy Brothers, which was right on the pier. By this time my sister and I had had one too many glasses of wine, but it was so fun.

Our last day we spent in Santa Monica. We spent some time in Beverly Hills on the way there, and stopped to shop a little before getting to Santa Monica. We stayed in a hotel on the beach, pero mi madre wasn't feeling good so she stayed in the hotel room while my sis & I walked down to the Santa Monica pier and the promenade. We ended up shopping and doing happy hour at this fun outdoor restaurant/bar (wish I could remember the name!)...time flew by way too fast and we spent the rest of the night walking the promenade and bar hopping. Flight the next morning was at 6am which meant get to LAX at 4:45am. Died.

We had so much fun & I can't wait to see my sis in September!

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