Monday, November 17, 2008

Birthday Weekend

For Lee's birthday this year, he was planning on being in L.A. and I had the weekend off.  The idea of spending the weekend in my apartment wasn't at all appealing so I asked him if he would mind if I planned a mini vacation for us for the weekend.  I thought about going to Santa Barbara or to Palm Springs but both require A LOT of driving and we've been to both places recently.  I realized that neither of us have been to downtown L.A. and there is actually quite a bit to see there, so I decided to go on vacation in my own city.... to downtown Los Angeles.

I booked a room at the Standard, which is a hip, boutique-type hotel in the heart of downtown.  Instead of driving the short distance and then valeting my car for three days, we decided to take the Santa Monica Big Blue Bus to our hotel, which dropped us off less than a block from where we were staying. And all for $1.75!!

We had a great time exploring downtown L.A. for two days.  We took the subway (yes, L.A. has a subway) to Union Station, Olvera Street, Chinatown, Hollywood and Highland.... it was so much fun being a tourist in my own city!  We had some amazing dinners, great conversations, and some much-needed alone time after our hectic work and travel schedules.  I saw a side of L.A. that I didn't know existed... the history, the different cultures, the downtown vibe... it was awesome and it almost made me fall in love with L.A. again.... ALMOST!


  1. What a great idea! Sounds like fun.

  2. You are so thoughtful and creative. I am impressed. I hope that you don't have any 2nd thought about staying in LA. So you wanna plan the friends party together. I am around the whole time you are in town. Lets talk soon!

  3. That sounds like so much fun! I would love a weekend in L.A.! Excited to see you over the holidays!

  4. I want to know more about your bio-diesel french fry car. When you have a free moment, you need to do a blog about it. :) facinating!


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