The trip to the US we returned from last month was especially special this time around. We were able to spend a week in NYC visiting friends and playing tourist before heading out to LA, where we had an additional 3 weeks of family/friend filled fun. The grand finale was my nephew's bar mitzvah celebration at Universal Studios. We also spent a few days in my other favorite So. Cal city, San Diego. Here are some California highlights.
Perfect sunset: Carlsbad, CA
Carlsbad was our home base on this fun work/play trip - family fun was had at Legoland. For lego-loving families, this place is just plain cool.
Los Angeles County Museum of Natural History celebrating the opening of its new dinosaur exhibit with this stunning dinosaur float. We walked to the parade from my parent's house, which makes for a festive New Year's Day celebration. The float inspired us to visit the museum during our stay, and the new exhibit is very interactive and innovative, fun for all ages.
California sunshine - 3 weeks of it, meant we were outdoors every day.
The blossoming trees at the Los Angeles County Arboretum were a nice surprise. We enjoyed this beautiful open space, the kids bookworm activity for learning about succulents, and the animals - peacocks, ducks and geese.
Green spaces: community gardenLoved our outing to visit an old friend, newly living in LA. She has a plot at this community garden, in the middle of a suburban LA neighborhood. We picnicked and ate freshly picked oranges and raspberries. Looks more like Sicily than LA if you ask me!
Universal Studios by night
We spent the weekend at Universal Studios celebrating my nephew's bar mitzvah. It felt very glamorous dancing by day at the Studios, and staying out late at night at Universal City Walk. The 4 year old is still talking about the tram ride that he went on with the other kids as part of the bar mitzvah party (i.e., when can we do that again?). A family event to remember.