I am back on the road again. This is now the domestic version of my around the world trip. After meeting with my german friend, Jule in Hawaii, we decided to continue our journey together. Jule met me in Chicago so I could show her my city. We then flew to Los Angeles and are renting a car for the month so we can tour the west coast. Our trip goes from Los Angeles, San Diego, Tempe, Arizona, Grand Canyon, Vegas, San Francisco, Napa Valley, Yosemite, Portland, and ending in Seattle at the end of the month with a few more stops along the way.
|Jule and I|
We decided to name our red mustang, Lola!!
It's funny how you come across people in your life for a reason. I was going up the tram to get to the Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio when this man starts talking to me. He started talking to me and asked me what I did for a living. I told him I used to work for The BusBank and I found out that he was the owner of Starline Tours. This is a very large company that used to work with my company back in Chicago. I told him that I was going to be in LA with my friend and we will be doing the sightseeing thing. Vahid, the owner said that he will hook us up with an amazing tour of LA.
When we arrived in LA, Vahid followed through and was generous enough to give us a full day tour of Los Angeles and the Hollywood homes along with Universal Studio tickets. We couldn't believe how kind he was.
|Madam Tussaud's Los Angeles|
|Grauman's Chinese Theater|
|Original Famers Market Los Angeles|
|LA Philharmonic Walt Disney Concert Hall|
The Birthplace of the city of Los Angeles
also known as El Pueblo Historic Monument
|Biggest Churro I have ever seen|
|El Capitan Theater|
This is a fully restored movie palace which is a Los Angeles historical monumuent.
|Jule with Mark from New Zealand. We met him on our bus tour and he hung out with us all day.|
|With Lexie, Tim and Rachel|
New home for the academy awards
|Jule with the Nick Cage|
|We went to Universal Studios Los Angeles|
|Car from Knight Rider|
|Demonstrating the special effects|
|Set from the Bates Motel|
|My favorite store!!!!!!! I love it!!|
Desigual in the Beverly Center
|Jule and I met up with NIck in Malibu!|
|Nick and Lyn|
|Nick took us to lunch at this biker bar in Malibu|
|My car, Lola and I at Zuma Beach|
|Yule and I at the end trail of route 66!|
Santa Monica Pier
|View from Santa Monica Pier|
|Dinner at Third Street Promenade|
|Jule pretending to be a lifeguard!|
|Lola's twin sister at the beach!|
|I met an operator that I used to work with for years in Santa Monica. We spoke on the phone for years and conducted business but never actually met. |
Serge from Global Transportation!
|I met Eduardo in Chicago last week during his vacation. He was from LA so when he went back, Yule and I went salsa dancing with him in Santa Monica!! Good times.|
|Yule and I|
|Yule dancing bachata|
|Shopping on Melrose|
|Lola at Rachel's house (Yorba Linda, CA)|