Intermission III: An Oscar-Worthy Trip to LaLaLand

The final week of a great trip is always tough. Each day seems to pass quicker than that preceding it, and the list of things to see and do inevitably grows longer as one becomes better acquainted with their surroundings; immersing themselves further into the fabric of a place.

This is how it went for my sister, Katya, and I in the last few days prior to her departure. We packed it all in: Universal Studios, LA downtown (we needed to drive by the Cecil Hotel, currently making crime story worthy news), Malibu, as well as a side trip to San Francisco. We made pit stops at all of Urth Caffe’s locations, scattered over different parts of LA, and managed to catch some spectacular sunsets either from the car, or from a prime vantage points.

Though the trip may have started with tourist spots at the forefront, it finished with talk of a UCLA transfer. I couldn’t have been prouder – Katya had successfully transitioned from wide eyed tourist to enthusiastic traveler. Here are some highlights of the final days in LaLaLand, and beyond.

At The Getty Villa, Malibu

At The Getty Villa, Malibu

Seated Hermes, Greek God of travel and commerce

Seated Hermes, Greek God of travel and commerce

Malibu Pier

Malibu Pier

City lights from the Griffith Observatory

City lights from the Griffith Observatory

Sunset from the Griffith Observatory

Sunset from the Griffith Observatory

Lombard St, San Francisco - the world's windiest street

Lombard St, San Francisco – the world’s windiest street

Painted Ladies houses line Alamo Square, San Francisco

Painted Ladies houses line Alamo Square, San Francisco

My sis and I making heart shadows

Me and my sis making heart shadows

Sea Lions at Pier 39, San Francisco Wharf

Sea Lions at Pier 39, San Francisco Wharf

 

Views from Sausalito -  joined to San Francisco by the Golden Gate Bridge

Views from Sausalito – joined to San Francisco by the Golden Gate Bridge

Me and my sis - meeting of the minds as we look over the view from Sausalito

Me and my sis – meeting of the minds as we look over the view from Sausalito

Golden Gate Bridge via iphone

Golden Gate Bridge via iphone

Sis taking pics

Sis taking pics

Panorama via iphone

Panorama via iphone

San Fran's Filbert Street at night

San Fran’s Filbert Street at night

Francis Ford Coppola's, Cafe Zeotrope

Francis Ford Coppola’s, Cafe Zeotrope – in San Fran

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My sis with The Simpsons, at Universal Studios

My sis with The Simpsons, at Universal Studios

Sunset views of LA's downtown

Sunset views of LA’s downtown

Tree line from Elysian Park, near Echo Park, LA

Tree line from Elysian Park, near Echo Park, LA

Farewell cake made by my husband for my sis - Raspberry baked cheesecake accompanies by prosecco topped with those red berries

Farewell cake made by my husband for my sis – Raspberry baked cheesecake accompanied by prosecco topped with those red berries

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45 thoughts on “Intermission III: An Oscar-Worthy Trip to LaLaLand

  1. Once again a perfect post Marina! I love living vicariously through you blog and love your writing style as much as your beautiful photos. These posts about your sidter’s visit always tug at my heart strings and bring up find memories of traveling with my little sis who lives OS as well. I love getting to explore California through your words and lens as well – it has a very special place in my heart and memory (almost as much as NYC does)… But not quite :)

    • Thanks so much Sally. I so appreciate your words about my writing and photos. Sharing is the best especially when others can relate to my posts. I love that you live vicariously through my blog. Thank you thank you! (I feel like I am making an Oscar speech. So apropos for tonight!) PS where does your sis live?

      • She lives in NZ. A beautiful part of the world. I miss her heaps. I LOVE LOVE LOVE that first shot of the Golden gate bridge. Looks like you had great weather for your trip. PS Sorry for all the typos in the first comment, I typed it on my iphone and the buttons are so small :)

      • NZ is close but still far away. My sis took that picture of the bridge – it is a great reminder of San Fran and glad she allowed me to share it! PS i know what you mean about the small phone buttons. Such a pain! ;)

  2. Aww Marina. Wouldn’t that be cool if Katya transfered to UCLA? I love the pictures but those of San Francisco are particularly good.. that iphone photo of the bridge is amazing – love the colours and the clouds and it’s taken from an angle I haven’t seen before. So refreshing given this is probably the most photographed bridge in the world. Wonderful post!! :-)

    • Thanks so much Adrian. It would be fun if she transferred – I would have my family close by then! My sis took that shot of the bridge – she’s good with pictures :) thank you!

  3. What a fun-filled time with your sister, Marina. You packed a lot in! And a beautiful photo essay to hold your memories. That night shot of Filbert St. is beautiful; there is something a little magic about a city at night.

  4. Does your husband take special orders for the raspberry cheesecake? It must be dinnertime, for I’m salivating at the sight of it!

    Love your imagery and descriptions, Marina. Glad the trip was as special as it seems.

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