The 7 day trip flew past so quickly, I had to really stop and soak in every moment or lose it in the hurried pace of our days.
On the morning of our departure, we woke early and savoured the quiet time with the kids. Ted was sick with croup but my Mum assured me he would be in fine hands with her, my Dad and sister who would be caring for them for the week. We dropped them off at Mums, unpacking their bags and preparing their things in the kids room at Mum's house. We set up toys and books and the playpen for Ted. We said our goodbyes and kissed and cuddled. It was really hard driving away, watching them wave goodbye to us.
We whizzed to the airport in a car transfer and barely had time to enjoy a drink in the lounge before our flight departed.
The flight to LA was surprisingly good. I watched countless episodes of Modern Family then switched to movies including Bridesmaids, My Week with Marilyn and started J. Edgar but couldn't get into it, in my tight surroundings. I watched other Mum's on the flight, settling their babies, changing nappies and playing with their kids and I felt saddened I wasn't with my babies, but I told myself to enjoy the moment, knowing that holidays without kids are far and few.
After arriving in LA at 9am and picking up our massive rental car, we headed to our hotel, The London in West Hollywood. We were upgraded to a suite which was a nice treat. We had views over Culver City and Downtown. We spent the next 48 hours, shopping in West Hollywood, Beverly Hills, The Grove, Santa Monica, walking hand in hand talking about the kids and how much we missed them. We dined at a super cool mexican Cantina in Hollywood, scoffed In & Out burgers and enjoyed the gorgeous Gordon Ramsey restaurant at our hotel.
Friday morning came, and it was time to drive the 2.5 hrs to Palm Springs where we would be based for the next 3 days.
Here are some photos of our time in LA; mostly taken on my iphone. I chose to only take my DSLR and to leave at home, my Canon & Panasonic point and shoot cameras. This decision came back to haunt me later in the trip, read on in Part II.
The night before, showing the kids what type of plane we were going on
Still have a long way to go!
Poolside at The London, West Hollywood
Rooftop lounge, we spent a few nights here at the bar
Shopping at The Grove
Getting homesick watching families enjoying this patch of greenery at The Grove
Sunset shopping, still at The Grove
View from our room in LA
Looking back to Sunset Blvd
View from the balcony, Culver City in sights
View from our room
Gordon Ramsay's restaurant in the hotel, where we dined for breakfast daily
Santa Monica beach
Urban Outfitters, Santa Monica
Beers and mexican at Mission Cantina, Hollywood
Mission Cantina, Hollywood
Very hip mexican Cantina with stained glass, round arches and fire pits
I was shocked that the Munchkins had a star...
Grauman's Chinese Theatre... So touristy & pretty tacky. I couldn't understand why thousands of tourists were taking photos of stars.
Gorgeous window display in Louis Vuitton