Monday, May 4, 2009

I Love L.A.

My blogger friend Julie and her husband Steven opened up their home to Yvan and me for 4 days last week. While we have emailed and blogged for quite a while but we had never met in person.

When they invited us to stay with them, we decided to venture forth and make new friends. And friends, indeed, we made! Julie and Steven are just our kind of people and I do believe we will be friends for life.

Who knew you could connect so well with people you have never met?!

So, with out further ado - here is L.A. Adventure!!

Arriving into L.A. via LAX

Waiting with anticipation to meet Julie for the first time when she picked us up at the airport!

Julie whisked us away to visit the set of the show that Steven works on.

After a tour of the set we headed to Hollywood Boulevard.

Walk of Fame

Mann's Chinese Theatre

Uh...sorry Julie! I didn't know...and it cost me a dollar too!

Hello?! I love Christopher Walken....

So I just had too!

After a busy first day we needed to rest on the big, yellow, not-so-comfy couch

Saturday we headed to Little Ethiopia for an adoption gathering and excellent Ethiopian food

Shopping in Little Ethiopia - maybe we can learn some Amharic finally!

Off to Beverly Hills and the SLS Hotel - supposed to look like a Dali painting but it was more
like Alice in Wonderland!

Hmmmm...a giant horse head lamp - I need one of these for our house!

The Getty Villa in Malibu - where John Paul Getty lived and then donated it to the city of L.A.

Pacific Coast Highway to Malibu

Venice Beach and the canals

Check out Yvan in his bird man get up!
(Drumming circle on venice beach)

Dance Yvan, dance!

Venice Beach Pier

I asked these guys if I could take a spin, obviously they said no!

We tried to make some friends...

...but he wasn't havin' it.

Ahhhhhh....the beach...we might move to L.A.

Yvan's favourite car EVER!!!

Oh I wish I were an Oscar Mayer Wiener.....

The Hollywood Hills

We contemplated buying this house as our vacation home...

... but decided to go for Pink Berry instead.

We had a great time in L.A. huge thanks to Julie and Steven for being our L.A. tour guides. We couldn't have asked for better!

I do believe we came back pretty least the Scientologists didn't get us....

Or did they?!

Next up...VEGAS BABY!!!


D Dae said...

Little Ethiopia??? What the heck is that? I want to hear more!

Looks like an amazing trip. I have never considered going to LA before, but I might need to reconsider!

Stephanie said...

Looks like you had an amazing time!! I'm a wee bit jealous!!

Steph :-)

Carolyn said...

What a great trip!!! Looks like your blogger buddies were amazing hosts! Wow if you ever visit here there is now a lot of pressure to ensure you have a wonderful time! I love all the pics- I have never been to California but I would love to go- How many people can Julie host her her place?


CinnamonOpus said...

You guys? Are nutty like a nutty thing that is NUTS.

Sounds like you had a blast!!

rebekah said...


You don't know me, but I'm the next lucky person to visit those two in LA and after looking at your pics I AM SO EXCITED! Well, I was already excited but now, well, can't wait!

Gaunt Family said...

Blake says the Oscar Meyer Weiner-mobile is sweet. Looks like a great time had by all!

kristine said...

wow. love these photos - thanks for sharing. Almost as good as being there myself.

Julie said...

I didn't even see the Eagle-guy and I still have nightmares about him. Thanks for not mentioning all the not so fun stuff (Bad driver, questionable vehicle, smelly canines etc.) (:

Kelly said...

Wow! Looks like you had a great time! What great set of friends you have now!


Danielle said...

Whoa! Little Ethiopia!! How wicked is that?!

Looks like a fantastic trip! Glad you guys had a good time!

lyndsey&kevin said...

Glad to see you guys had some much needed fun!! Thnx for sharing your pics. Glad to have you back!!! Hopefully you hear something reallllllllyyyyy soon. (I'm rooting for you!!)

andrea said...

Thanks for sharing yout fabulous photos. I snuck over to Julie's blog and absolutely loved the post she wrote about you. A

-C said...

Okay that does it. I am so going to be a stow away in Rebekah's luggage. Would love to meet the amazing Julie. Looks like you guys had a blast.

I kinda really like that horse with the lamp head. Is that wrong of me?

Rhonda, Kristin, Eden said...

Mmmm hello, like that is one rocking trip, I would say! I think you need a holiday from your holiday. Or do the scientologists let you do that??

Ramona said...

Welcome back! I've missed you, but am so glad you got a break from the dreary wait at home...

Well, since you did it- went and stayed with someone who's adopting and you only met online- I'm completely convinced we're doing it too! Only, we're coming to YOUR place this summer! Seriously, it's taking too long to meet in Ethiopia... and so. like we've emailed, you guys are on our travel agenda. Once we finalize dates, we'll let you know!!!

Gabrielle said...

What a wonderful trip. And, great photography! Can't wait to see your view of Vegas (a favorite of mine, but only in limited quantities of time).

haze said...

You crazy kids are all too cool for school! I love these pictures.

That wasn't really Yvan in the bird head, was it?

OK, I just read Julie's comment and I see you were joking!

Welcome back - we missed you!

tobink said...

Julie's is one of my favourite blogs. She seems like good people.

Glad you had a such a great trip.

Who's house you crashing in Vegas? :)

Karen T.

Kristen and Dave said...

Looks like you guys had a blast - isn't LA the best??!! I also cracked up at the Scientology remark, although it would have been nice to have met Tom Cruise! I'm feeling a referral coming soon for you guys and I can't wait to hear the news!

Anonymous said...

Oh Rana looks like you had an amazing time!!!!!! Can't wait to see the Vegas pics!
I missed you and your blog.

Darrell and Jess said...

that looks like so much fun!! :) glad to have you back!

Shauna said...

I'm happy to see you had a good vacation, looks like it was alot of fun!!

Julia said...

You would be very, very welcome, although I don't think I could compete with this trip =)