Monday, August 22, 2011

Livin' Life LA

We're back! I currently have bags the size of Texas under my eyes and running on minimal sleep. We flew direct from Austin to LAX last Thursday but had a plane change in El Paso coming home. Turns out El Nino is dumping in the East coast, causing our plane to delay not 1 hour but 3 HOURS in El Paso. All day yesterday we were looking at pictures of Mr. Ernie, so excited to pick him up from my parents house (yes we are those people) and of course this happens. We got home after 1am, did a few things around the house and I refused to look at the clock when my head hit the pillow, knowing my alarm was mere hours away. I am glad you all can't see my face!

Get me back to Austin!

Okay on to our trip! We took tons of pictures and I figured I could break it into a couple of posts. So why did we go to LA? Over the past 2 years, Jon and I have done lots of traveling and want to keep it up before we decide to add to our family. We had free airline tickets and chose a place we'd never been together. It was perfect. 

Thursday night after we flew in and checked into our hotel, we headed to Marina del Rey and had the most amazing meal of our lives at C&O Trattoria. Thank you to Taylor for recommending this place on my previous post about LA, you are a GODDESS! This place is a must if you are in the area (or not). They brought these amazing little bread balls filled with garlic and basil. I think we each ate 10, no joke. 


Jon feasted on a seafood dish with grilled calamari and salmon, so delish


We ate outside in a courtyard under an outdoor heater (God bless the weather!)


We headed up to Santa Monica and spent the evening exploring the cool shops, restaurants and of course, the famous pier (there was a live band and tons of people out and about). We even found a Yogurtland closeby :-)





Friday was a full day and I don't think we ever got used the 2 hour time change. We went to Madame Tussauds Interactive House of Wax (which will get it's own post because we took so many pictures!) then had lunch at Pink's Hotdogs. If you watch the Food Network or Discovery Channel, you would recognize the name. We waited an hour and it was worth it...




Yes we are pigs.

On the way to Pink's, we passed Kat von D's tattoo shop (from LA Ink on TLC) and snapped some pics, pretty cool.


That afternoon we explored Hollywood Blvd and went on a 2 hour, open air bus celebrity home tour. Yes go ahead and laugh at us but it was our favorite part of the trip. We had a GREAT tour guide who wiggled in some adult humor and not only did we see some celeb homes but went to a lookout to see the Hollywood sign and drove through Hollywood/Beverly Hills and got lots of history/cool information. 


Anyone recognize this?? Fresh Prince...


I know this is just a picture of a gate but this is the house where MJ died, 100 North Carolwood in Beverly Hills. You don't believe me? Check out this video



Remember the show The Osbournes? Here is their old house that is now owned by Christina Aguilera. 




We saw lots more but I don't want to bore you with pictures of houses (we were laughing at a woman on the tour who videoed the whole thing and did commentary on her camera). Will she ever watch it?


This is the closest you can get to the Hollywood sign. Can you spot it thru the smog?


Some other pictures from Friday...




Jon's favorite part....the cars. At first it was so cool to see Bentleys on the road but after a while, they became a bore. Bentleys in Beverly Hills are like trucks in Texas, NBD. It was the Lamborghinis, Rolls Royce and Ferraris that tickled our fancies. 

Screaming for attention much?


Friday night we ate at the famous Mel's Diner and called it a night. Being a tourist is exhausting.

So after that novel of a post, I will save the rest for later this week! I am currently counting down the hours until I can race home to see this face...


20 comments:

Mrs. T said...

Great pics! So glad you had a fun weekend! I am jealous of the celebrity homes and cars! haha

Karen said...

That looks like such a fun vacation!! I love the pictures!

Abbey said...

What a fun get away with your husband! I loved looking at the pictures and I am pretty sure I am hungry now. ;)

Holly said...

Love your blog, thanks for stopping by mine as well!

Looks like you had a really great trip...I want some of those garlicy bread ball thingys, they sound amazing!

Heather said...

Hi there! New follower to your blog! I recently moved from San Diego to AZ (for hubby's job) and got to re-live all of those fun trips to L.A. we used to do, thanks for your blog!! You and your hubby are super cute together! Glad you had fun and enjoyed your time! xo

Kathy said...

Oh wow! What a fun weekend you two had. I've never been any where near California, so I'm in awe...If I ever got there, I would probably be the lady video taping the celebrity homes :)

Thanks for stopping by my blog today. So nice to meet you! I'm Kathy, the lady with the pears. LOL

Meg said...

Looks like a blast! I love those little garlic bread ball things, yummy.

Your trip looks like so much fun, bummer for the delay but that is great you got back safely. :)

Camylla Leonardi said...

Sounds like you had an amazing trip!!! I have some friends that just moved to LA 2 weeks ago, and I will deff tell them of these amazing restaurant you went to!!

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Mason's Mama said...

Looks like yall had a great time in LA. I've heard of Pinks and want to try it someday. My cousin (Selena Gomez) lives there and I haven't made it out to visit. I want to, though!

Amanda said...

love it!!! looks like so much fun can't wait til you post ALL the pics on fb! lol xoxo

Meredith said...

It cracks me up that Christina Aguilera owns the Osbournes old house! The celebrity home tour was my favorite part of LA too-no shame!

Amanda C. said...

Looks like ya'll had a blast. I would not know where to begin in LA. Can't wait to see more pics. I bet Ernie will be just as glad to see you.

CM said...

How fun! I've done almost that same trip too. It's fun to go see all the sights.

BTW, you guys are such a cute couple! Hope your little Ernie did okay without you guys.

Lindsay said...

I have ALWAYS wanted to go to California. It looks like you guys had a great time!

That's too funny that you should say something about the lady recording the whole tour - just a few weeks ago I was watching home videos with my family from vacations like 10+ years ago and my dad recorded everythingggg. To the point where we were all asking, "Why would you record this? Who would want to actually watch this?" haha!

iheartvegetables said...

That looks like so much fun!!! You guys got to see some awesome sites. I LOVE your sunglasses by the way! Super cute

Michelle said...

Mmmmm...I love love love PINKS!! I want it again right now!!! So jealous!!!!

I almost went into Kat Von D's shop and got a tat. ALMOST. I chickened out. Maybe next time.

Glad you guys had such a great time! Your pics are great!

Dani said...

Amazing pics!! I love the ones of the celeb houses! Ha ha but I love things like that. I can't wait to see the rest of the pictures.

Hannah Michelle said...

Looks like you had an amazing time :) Just found your blog and following now! xx

Becca {A Blonde's Logic} said...

I'm glad you had fun!! Those pictures are great! :) You picked a good week to come out too!

Becca
http://blondeslogic.blogspot.com

Mahesha said...

That trip sounds like a lot of fun. I've been to LA once but it wasn't all that cos I was with a boring aunt and her boring son. :) I can't wait to read the rest of it! :)

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