thirty six hours in LA.
after our beautiful blur and sad goodbyes to k here, we checked into our hotel room in LA. i made a phone call to a dear friend, s, and within an hour we were driving to the hollywood hills to visit her. aside from it being almost pitch black, parallel parking a manual vw beetle [in between cars] on that hollywood hill was quite a feat! it took a while but c did it! i know i would’ve rolled right down that hill!
s is a film director, from san francisco originally, i met her via my brother’s long time friend t, here in melbourne. it was by chance and good luck to have caught up with s in LA. she’s currently in ireland working on a movie with t, a film producer. shooting started a couple of months ago, so they’re right in the middle of it. the girl’s last movie in 2010 [i think] won them an oscar nomination… i have friends who’ve been to the oscars!
it was so lovely to see s and meeting her ever so helpful and friendly roommate was a treat. they were both so keen to help us see the best of LA within the time limits we had. google searches, map print outs, glass of wine, cheese, crackers, chat, glass of wine… we were set and within an hour, our day was planned. i was so grateful c was happy to drive us here, there and everywhere… and then, s mentioned she would re-schedule her appointments and be our tour guide for the day! i was secretly hoping we could spend more time together… so yay!
after a lovely evening of catch up and planning, c, m and i drove back to our hotel room for a much needed sleep!
we drove back to s’s house the next morning for a coffee before we all jumped in the car with s as our driver and tour guide.
we went on to lunch at the bloomingdales restaurant [top floor] and i can’t believe i didn’t get my camera out. while c met with her cousin for a coffee, s, m and i wandered around… in and out of shops. m bought some make up at saphora and we did a spot of shopping at anthropologie, one of the most beautifully styled stores i’ve seen.
by early evening darkness, we made our way to chateau marmont. i was so wishing we could stay for a drink but unfortunately it was fully booked. if you’re not familiar with this amazing hotel, do take the time to read up on it… from my sneak peek, the bar/dining area is truly atmospheric, the interior dark and moody, it enveloped my soul and is every bit how it is described here..
“And when the dusk of evening settles, put on some smoky jazz and get lost – sink into the aphrodisiac of the deep couches, take your paramour on an elevator ride – at night everyone comes to Chateau Marmont – this is the pageant and parade that evening brings, they come for the martini, for the sex appeal, to make the deal–naughty or nice, everyone is your darling.”
we’ll get there next time..
the evening drew to a close.. back to the hollywood hills to pick up c’s car and more sad goodbyes. i didn’t think i’d like LA so much. having the beautiful s as our tour guide for a whole day and into the evening was amazing and i know i loved LA for that reason. thank you so much for a fabulous day s. i hope to see you and t back here in melbourne very soon! i owe you one! mx
a restful sleep was had at the hotel.. and just one half day to go in LA.
i have never had so much food [and drink] put in front of me in all my life! .. i had it on good authority to get a bloody mary, so i did. that was HUGE.. i happened to order a soy latte at the same time.. the cup was HUGE, in fact, it was a bowl with a handle. the K24 breakfast was, needless to say, HUGE! delicious but HUGE! i couldn’t finish my bloody mary, soy latte or my breakfast. m is a bit of a sweet tooth. she had waffles with cream and strawberries and an orange juice. what did you have c? i can’t remember…
…..so, that was LA in 36hrs [in a nutshell] and dare i say it, i was a little disappointed we didn’t see a famous anyone!
thank you c, my sss, for driving from SF to LA and back again, for the special moments and the beautiful memories i will never forget.
i want to go back. mark and i are desperate to see the case study houses. sooner rather than later, please and thank you.
stay tuned. in and around san fransisco is the next and final post of our january 2012 US visit.