Winter Weekend in Los Angeles

Our daughter M attends school 40 minutes outside of Los Angeles, so when we were home in January, we picked her up from college and the four of us spent the weekend in the city – a mix of old favorites and new experiences.

Koreatown

We enjoyed a fabulous Korean BBQ lunch at Kang Ho-Dong Baekjeong.

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M getting her K-pop fangirl on at Choice Music in the Koreatown Galleria.

MELROSE AVENUE

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I introduced M to the vintage shops on Melrose several years back, now no visit to LA is complete without thrift store shopping. Our son could care less about the fashion of any decade and he impatiently waited to eat again.

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We stopped for dessert at The Village Idiot – below is my Mason jar Guinness brownie with Bailey’s pudding, cashew brittle, and Jamison anglaise. Yes, it was as marvelous as it sounds!

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HOLLYWOOD

After a brief rest and a change of clothes at our hotel (Holiday Inn Express on Highland) we walked several blocks to Hollywood Boulevard.

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We’ve stopped in front of the Chinese Mann many times over the years, someday I’ll have to collect all of my sidewalk pics into one album. On this day I was in a Star Wars mood.

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It was Saturday night, the restaurants were packed, and we hadn’t thought about making reservations. We finally found a table at the Mexican restaurant, Loteria Grill – fun atmosphere, good food!

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We saw the “King and I” at the historic art-deco Pantages Theatre (1930)

GRIFFITH PARK

We got an early start and beat the crowds to the Griffith Observatory (street parking fills up fast)

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A bust of James Dean is mounted with a view of the Hollywood sign in the distance. Scenes from “Rebel Without a Cause” were filmed here.

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“Glance at a tiny sliver of the night sky, what you can cover with your finger, and you see a few stars. Yet there is more there than meets the eye. If we magnify the view, that sliver is loaded with galaxies. They tell the story of the universe and transform the cosmic wilderness into something we can understand. Telescopes help us see the big picture. Through the starry curtain of our own Milky Way Galaxy, we look out to the Virgo Supercluster of galaxies. It is the gateway to an expanding universe, full of galaxies as far as we can see.” The Big Picture – Griffith Observatory

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PORT OF LOS ANGELES

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We had lunch for the first time at the San Pedro Fish Market.

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Awesome fresh seafood! We will definitely be back, but next time we’ll bring more people and order one of the humongous mixed seafood platters.

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ANGEL’S GATE PARK

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The Korean Bell of Friendship was a gift and gesture of friendship from South Korea to the city of Los Angeles in 1976 to honor America’s bicentennial and Korean War veterans.

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POINT FERMIN PARK

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Point Fermin Lighthouse sits near the mouth of the harbor. The lighthouse was designed by Paul J. Pelz (architect for the Library of Congress in DC) in 1874 and its first keepers were two sisters – evidently there was a tradition of female lighthouse keepers back in the day.

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The original lens

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It was early January so the house was still decked out for Christmas.

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We took a walk along the seawall

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rocks, waves, kelp

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We drove M back to her dorm, then headed south to Oceanside. My husband’s vacation leave was up and he was flying back to Rio de Janeiro the next day. I and my son, who was still on his Southern Hemisphere summer break, had a few more weeks of California winter fun with family ahead of us.

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