It has been awhile. After two very long trips almost back to back, I sort of went into a photography/writing slump. Celebrating 50 has been a big job but so many good times for Jim and I and then family time also. I feel like I have finally caught up, as best I can for now, so once again I am back to writing and editing all the photos that I have taken. Don’t get me wrong here. It will take me months and even then, I will never be able to edit them all but hopefully, I will be able to share a fair amount of them with you here on the blog and also on Instagram.
Shortly after returning from Paris, about three weeks later, my son and his girlfriend invited Jim and I to visit with them in LA, California. Julia is from LA and still has her lovely house there even though she now shares most of her time here with Chris on the North Shore. We were excited to go. Whenever our kids invite us anywhere there is never any other answer but “yes we would love to come”, because we really do enjoy being with them and it’s kind of nice that they still care to be with us. So off we went to sunny California. Just as a side note, that was the second time, back to back that we did six hour flights. For me, as someone who, at one time, couldn’t even get on a plane, that is just shy of a miracle. Honestly though, I did not have any problems. I truly think the more we face our fears, the less frightening they become.
We had been to LA a few times many years ago so it was like going as a newbie again. Of course over the years so much has changed and this time we had tour guides leading the way to show us the sights, sounds and delicious smells of the city. What a treat to only have to worry about what time to meet Chris and Julia at the front door.
Meet Julia. She is warm and loving and also a great tour guide. She opened her house to us and then both her and Chris took us “touring” around LA. Imagine my delight when, on our first walk we came across this French Cafe right down the street from Julia’s house. A little bit of Paris right here in LA. This is how I see Julia, with open arms, a happy spirit and willing to share pieces of her life with us. She is also a lot of fun. We had such a great time with both of them.
The Getty Museum was on our last day with Julia and Chris. It was the perfect day to end such a lovely vacation with them. It was so nice to just relax, have lovely conversations and enjoy good food, wine and sights. There is so much more that I will share at another time. I didn’t get a chance here to take you to the Venice Canals or walk a few more streets. It was time now to move on to Del Ray to meet our friends for a few days. So Chris and Julia, thank you for inviting us, for sharing your world with us. Julia thank you also for a peek inside your life before Chris…it was fascinating and lovely. You made your house so comfortable for us and by the time we left, it felt a tiny bit like home. We love you both for so many reasons but mostly because you are kind and loving souls. So happy we get to travel with you sometimes. That’s two vacations this year…both awesome. 🙏😘
After our full day at the Getty and then on the road we decided we just wanted some comfort food and the guys could enjoy a bit of sports on TV so we ended up at this really cool sports bar and had a really nice, low key meal and relaxed and of course, more talking. Back at the hotel we sat outside and had a cup of tea and a lovely warm fire to take the chill off. We were leaving early tomorrow morning for our flight home. We didn’t want to go to bed but we had to after our very long day. We would meet for breakfast and then part ways again. I’m hoping it won’t be another 3 years before we gather again.
All photos were taken with the Fuji XT-2 and the Fuji 18-135 lens.