Monday, December 10, 2007

Los Angeles, CA

After a whirlwind NYC trip, we finally landed in Long Beach to see my bro and his family before heading back home. It was nice to finally spend time together, albeit too short really. We just had our final 4 days in LA. The plane ride was made significant by Jetblue - my super favorite of all the airlines we took coast-to-coast. Leather seats! Individual TV screens! Videocasts by Mark Bittman! Eat-all-you-can chips! Their signature blue chips is super addicting! :)

In one day, we did all there is to see in LA (at least the touristy spots) - Hollywood hills, Rodeo Drive, Griffith Observatory, Melrose Drive, Walk of Fame, Kodak Theater, Universal Studios Citywalk, drive through downtown at Staples Center, we even ate at Pink's Famous Hotdogs! We purposely did not go to any theme parks as we were not with the Little Bee - we are saving it for next time.

The next day, we did some serious shopping at the outlet shops and spent time with the kids. And then my bro took us to Orange County, along the Pacific Coast. It was wonderful to see Seal Beach, Sunset Beach, Huntington Beach (where we had a delicious strawberry-banana milkshake at Ruby's Diner), Newport Beach (yes, as in the OC!), and finally to my bro's place of work at the Laguna Beach. The quaint little shops here are something to explore next time around.

It was nice to see my brother and his family, I never knew I missed them until I saw them again after an awful lot of time. Our vacation ends in LA, where we took a flight home.