Via Santa Monica
11.01.2014 - 15.01.2014 18 °C
Well it was time to leave the lovely Rodeo Drive.......
Today we decided to do a tour of some local houses - Michael Jackson's final residence for Lachlan. What a huge residence, it was a bit sad driving by here and also a little surreal to think he was there not so long ago. Apparently the Presleys were neighbours years before.
Then we visited the Magnolia Bakery from an episode of Modern Family, again Lachlan was keen to go here as he was quite amused with the popularity of this bakery in the episode. Thankfully no lines, they did have great cupcakes and Banana pudding, but as with many other places in the US, not great coffee. I have worked out that it is because when they make a cappuccino they don't fill with heated milk and then add the froth, they add froth only, so it is a double shot of coffee and half a cup of froth...... hence very strong. It was recommended to me to try a latte - so am hopeful that tomorrow I can get a decent coffee!! The other amusing thing about the bakery was that Josh ordered and ice coffee, he discovered, as did Lachie a few weeks back that ice tea and ice coffee is literally that...... cold coffee or tea with ice in it, not what we are used to.
Next some houses from our favourite TV show, Modern Family...... Claire and Phil's house from modern family as well as Jay and Gloria. They were along the way to Santa Monica.......so we figured why not - it's also a great way to see different suburbs of LA. Also the boys were keen to see them and speculate how they used them for filming from their newly acquired knowledge about the movie business!
Then Santa Monica - it was exciting to see Santa Monica Pier, different than expected, the same flat, dry feel that LA and Hollywood has but interesting nonetheless. We had taco bell (on Alex's fast food list of the US) then a ride on the famous Santa Monica Pier Ferris Wheel. Of course I hated every second..... and yes my eyes did fill with tears - I can't help it I have no control over it..... I just have a huge fear of heights! Of course this was to the great amusement of my caring boys, and my poor husband who had a painful journey with me squeezing his hand. But I couldn't go to Santa Monica pier and not ride the ferris wheel. There were food stalls, souvenir shops and a carnival at the pier to explore.
Next a walk along the sand and checking out under the boardwalk....... but we couldn't walk under - only a bridge part..... that was a shame!
In the photo above you will see the shot of the beach has people all along it, there was college competition frisbee the whole way along the beach in little square plots. It was serious stuff, there was even a tent with several lounges in it.
Finally, driving to Anaheim, we have checked into our very large and beautiful hotel. We have a good size room with bunk beds up one end and our bed up the other - with a door in between. This will come in handy, as anyone who has spent 3 weeks non stop with every member of their family in a car, plane, room, shop etc....... will appreciate that that level of closeness is sometimes TOO MUCH!!!!! Especially when we all like our own space. The hotel makes it easy for families, there is a games room, a fire pit, a heated spa...... and more.
So tomorrow a slow morning with a swim and then an afternoon/evening at Disneyland. I may be late with blogging tomorrow if we are home very late.
Goodnight from Anaheim....... sweet dreams