Well hello there. I returned yesterday from a wonderful vacation in California. I went to see my good friend Stephanie get married but since I had previously lived in Long Beach it was also a chance to catch up with a few old friends and meet some new ones (bloggers)! I hope you enjoy my picture heavy post. Wedding post coming next. . .
It was a GORGEOUS day! The temp was perfect and the sky was blue without a cloud in it. I was just happy to be on vacation in such a beautiful place!
We had a nice night despite the terrible news. But I didn't take any pics of my friend and I since she had been crying and wasn't feeling her best. The next day she decided to fly to her mom's when during surgery they found another brain tumor that can't be operated on. So I didn't get to see her again! :(
It was really too bad since the main reason I went early was to spend time with her and her kids. Of course I totally understood and supported her decision to go. Hopefully I'll get back to see her soon (or she'll bring the kids for a trip to Boston)!
Pray for her mom who will start radiation soon. She has already beat lung cancer so hopefully she can beat this too!
Diana exhibit at the Queen Mary in Long Beach. I had seen it advertised the night before and knew I had to check it out while I was in town. It was really cool but they wouldn't let you take pictures inside which was a disappointment since there were SO many beautiful dresses (shhh don't tell that I took 2)! You can see more of the dresses and other items here.
They had many other displays from other royal family members and even had a entire section for William and Kate including her engagement dress!
I had a very short time to visit due to other plans so went through quickly. It was worth seeing but I think it was overpriced ($30 for entrance to the Queen Mary and Diana exhibit as you couldn't just purchase a ticket to see the Diana exhibit).
The views from the upper deck are beautiful. You can see for miles!
Tequila Jack's, in Shoreline Village. We had a delicious lunch and I of course had to get a margarita. Oh and Art and Evelyn just happened to be celebrating their 55th wedding anniversary!!!!
Leeann had suggested we do some sightseeing prior to meeting up for dinner. She took me to Griffith Observatory since I had never been there. Kat joined us too!
Amy (top picture) enjoyed a great dinner at The Bowery in Hollywood. It is a small place and we sat at a table near the open windows which was really nice. They are known for their burgers which the other three ladies all ordered. I don't eat burgers so I got the Green Lentil Falafel and it was surprisingly good. When it first came out I was afraid it was burnt but it wasn't and I really liked it. I also really liked the company. It was so fun getting to know these ladies better. It will make reading their blogs even better. If you don't know their blogs you should check them out!
Santa Monica Pier is a must! The people watching is great!
3rd Street Promenade. It is basically a shopping area and the street is closed to cars. It is very pretty!
We kept on walking to 4th Street to meet up with the bride and groom. You'll have to wait to read about that in the upcoming wedding post!
Sweet Tea Paperie. It was so nice to catch up with her in person. I gave her a gold anchor and Ani bracelet as a thank you for designing The Bean Team logo. I love chatting with Amanda b/c we can discuss all things social media and blogging but then we can also discuss our professional lives since we have similar masters degrees. It is so nice to chat with someone who "gets it" since my job can be stressful and often unbelievable! I only wish she hadn't left Boston!!
All in all it was a great time despite the rocky start. I enjoyed great weather and plenty of sightseeing and relaxing! Can I go back now?!