Monday, May 23, 2011

L.A. Rapture Weekend

Barry and I just got back from a great weekend in California.  The primary reason for going was to see my daughter and son-in-law, but we did so much more than that.

We stayed at the beautiful Fairmont Miramar Hotel in Santa Monica that was landscaped to the hilt.  We so enjoyed the sunny, breezy weather and being next door to the Pacific Ocean.  There were many other treats associated with this trip.  Besides spending time with Emily and Isac, we got to see our beloved former next door neighbors from Atlanta who were also in Santa Monica, as well as a number of Emily's friends who we adore.  Of course, what would a trip to L.A. be without spending quality time with our grand-dog, The Baroness?  As you can see from the picture below, she was absolutely thrilled to see us.

The Baroness in excitement mode

We had great food at every restaurant that we went to, but the stand out memorable meal was the tasting menu at Providence.  This was a special occasion meal as we celebrated Emily and Isac's fifth anniversary on Friday night.  Wow.  The food kept coming and coming and it was a real treat to enjoy so many different tastes.  And the presentation - wow.  

Tuna Tartar at Providence

Besides socializing and eating, we started our search for a retirement condo.  It will probably take us a while to find just the right thing, but no rush.  I do love the beach and the weather there can't be beat.

We were astounded by a wonderful exhibit at The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA called "Art in the Streets."  It's a huge exhibit on street art that I can't say enough good things about.  We had to leave to go to the airport after over two hours there, and we didn't feel like we had enough time.  It's there until 8/8/11 and if your travels take you to LA, see it.  It gives you a whole new appreciation of street art - beautifully curated, beautifully done.  I can't do it justice - you gotta see it.  Here are a few pictures I took at the exhibit.

A very fun trip, and, as an extra bonus, the world didn't end.

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