Intermission III: An Oscar-Worthy Trip to LaLaLand

The last week of a great trip is always tough. Each day seems to pass quicker than the one before, and the list of things to see and do grows longer as one becomes better acquainted with their surroundings, having immersed themselves deeper into the fabric of a place.

This is how it went for my sister, Katya, and me in the last few days prior to her trip back home to Sydney. We packed it all in: Universal Studios, LA downtown (we needed to drive by the Cecil Hotel, currently making crime story worthy news), Malibu, a side trip to San Francisco, all of Urth Caffe’s locations. We happened to catch some spectacular sunsets as well.

The trip may have started with tourist sights high on the to-do list, but it finished with talk of a possible UCLA transfer. I couldn’t be prouder – my sister had transitioned from wide-eyed tourist to enthusiastic traveler. Here are some highlights my sister’s trip to Los Angeles.

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

A farewell cake made by my husband for my sis. It’s a raspberry baked cheesecake served with glasses of prosecco