S: L..A. - September 2011
FC: Los Angeles
1: WELCOME TO L.A.!!! | "HAPPY BIR-SH-DAY to HEATHER..." (not really...but, we always make it her B-day!! :)
3: Sunset at Venice Beach
4: California Dreaming...
5: Heather and Amy... enjoying the view!
8: Sunset, Cocktails and Snacks at The Whaler on Venice Beach!
12: Getting Ready to do the Stairs and Exercise path at Sana Monica Pier. This is the same place, (and the same day) where Reece Witherspoon was hit by a car while running. Bet we passed her! I ALSO bet people were wondering if it was Kelly McGillis, Bridget Wilson Sampress and Julianna Margulies while passing us... ...just saying!!!
15: Heather and Tara's houses on the beach...guess which one belongs to who?
16: We were more like..."YO, YO"...Than YOGA on the beach! :)
17: Aim - stealing Heather's move!
18: U.S.A.'s next Sand Volleyball Olympians... "Team L.A." (Lexington Area)
19: Action Jackson Shots!
20: Farmers Market Third Street Promenade
21: "Otis" the Avocado ...Big as the human head!!!
22: Lunch at Third Street Promenade. TSP, is a public entertainment venue in downtown area of Santa Monica. Considered a premier shopping and dining district. Also, being close to the Ocean - temps can vary as much 15 degrees (in the same day) as compared to say, Hollywood!
23: AND...Who doesn't have Shrub-Dinosaurs in their shopping centers?!?!
24: ...Specializing in fine European paintings, drawings and prints from the 17th century to the present. Located on the world famous Via Rodeo in the heart of Beverly Hills for over 30 years.
25: Michael Schwartz CEO and Owner | Picasso
26: Left: This [painting was Amy's favorite. Notice the Water, which without the light effect - we did not initially notice...amazing! Below: Actual Picasso painted Plates | This was a painting created by a Spanish woman, who was made to hide hide her identity due to fact mostly men were the honored and respected artist of her day.
27: Les Baigneuses au Crabe, II , Pierre Auguste RENOIR, c. 1897-1900 Pastel counterproof on Japan paper. The artist adjusted the composition by reworking the contours of the figures after the counterproof was taken. The composition as a whole is a return by Renoir to the imagery of his famous painting of 1887, "Les Grandes Baigneuses", in the Philadelphia Museum of Art., #907546 | L'Enfant au Biscuit (Jean Renoir), Pierre Auguste RENOIR, 1899, Color lithograph on Ingres d'Arches laid paper, This is a proof of the only state printed in five or six colors prior to the edition of 100. Some impressions were printed in as many as eight colors. Printed by Auguste Clot, Paris. , #909238
28: Alexandre Renoir (b. 1974) was born in Cagnes Sur Mer in the south of France. At the age of 4, his family moved to Canada, but as the great-grand son of the great French Impressionist artist Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Alexandre grew-up surrounded by Artists. His famous family includes film director Jean Renoir, actor Pierre Renoir, director of photography Claude Renoir Jr., and Claudeâ€™s daughter actress Sophie Renoir, to name a few. ***Lily Pad Reflections was the painting Michael gave us a private viewing and tutorial about Alexander. | Lily Pad Reflections, Alexandre RENOIR, 2010, Oil on Canvas
29: Heather... .What you think she is pondering... "I cannot believe the Millions of Dollars in Art that is hanging on this one wall!." What she is Really thinking: "Would it really be totally inappropriate to ask Roy (Ralph, th e UFC Champion) to grapple with me!?" | J'oe, in the Big Boy's Seat... a.k.a Michale's Office
31: Via Rodeo Cocktails at Café
33: "I don't know if you know this... but , Yeah - I 'm a pretty big deal!!"
34: Amy &Joe | "Smiling is my favorite"
35: ...I thought this was one of those large holy water vessels.
36: ...Off to the Regis Beverly Wilshire Hotel for a night cap and a Piano Serenade!!! Amy Lou - crossing
37: ""...Now, one more thing. Where do I go for the clothes-Good stuff, on him?" "In Beverly Hills ?" "Yeah." "..."Rodeo Drive, baby!!!" | "I'm at the Regent Beverly Wilshire,. Write it down. Kit, are you writing it down ? You'll forget it. Write it down!" "Alright, Alright, Reg... Bev... Wil... Got it!"
38: This one was not as good as my $20 martini (s) at Café! | Tara:"Hey Guys...Wait for me!!!" "NO, Wait! Smile - I'll take your picture in front of the famous Tiffany Doors on Rodeo!"
39: The Venice Canals - A small strip, randomly placed just blocks up from Venice Beach... Today, the Venice Canals are prime real estate starting at $2,000,000. Along with the new Albert Kinney Boulevard with its hip eateries, design studios, film studios, and cross-world transplants, Julia Roberts has a place here!!
40: Playing at Venice Beach!!!
41: Venice Beach is a beachfront district on the Westside of Los Angeles.It is best known for its canals, beaches and circus-like Ocean Front Walk, a two-and-a-half mile pedestrian-only promenade that features performers, fortune-tellers, artists, and vendors.Venice was home to some of Los Angeles' early beat poets and artists and has served as an important cultural center of the city.
48: This was a print outside the womens restroom. Heather loved it- so i took a pic! :) | 72 Market St. Venice, Ca | NIKKI
49: Left Corner: where we sat! | It was a Thursday - You know what that meant? (well, at least for Amy and I) ...NFL Pre-Season!!! YEAH BABY! Watching football on the Beach... Life is gooood-ah!!! p.s. the bar turns into a dance club at night, with a "downstairs," where you need a special invite. ...Of course we got one!
51: 1) Temescal Ridge Trail: The trail leads from the parking area in Temescal Gateway Park north-west to the Hub Junction in Topanga State Park. There are a number of connections to Pacific Palisades. Being a ridgeline trail, there are many spots with great views down into Santa Monica to the south-east and Pacific Palisades to the south-west. The width and smoothness of the tread varies from section to section. It starts off as a broad singletrack, with cliff ledges along the way. As you climb, there is less and less shade. about a third shaded by tall chaparral." Yeah, I call BULLShi*...it is All UPHILL, both GOING UP...AND COMING DOWN!! Very Cool! :) | Length (miles) 5.7 to Hub Junction; 7.6 to Dirt Mulholland Climb (feet) 1800; 2050 Descent (feet) 200; 680 |  Temescal Canyon Trail [2a] Temescal Canyon Road This trail in Temescal Gateway Park travels north along the steep-sided canyon before climbing up to Temescal Ridge Trail. At the bottom, you have a choice of taking a roadway that winds through the park facilities, or a bypass singletrack trail to the west. A bridge crosses the stream where the trail begins to climb to the ridge. From this bridge, you can see a small waterfall upstream and small quiet and accessible pools of water downstream. Most of the trail is shaded, by oak trees in the canyon and by tall chaparral higher up. The tread is firm and generally not very rocky. Length (miles) 1.6 (via the bypass) Climb (feet) 900 Descent (feet) 100 | Aerial view of Hiking Trail
54: Who doesn't do Jazz-Hands while hiking?!? ...These Ladies do!!! | This is where Amy wanted to kill Heather and I...he he PICTURE TIME!!
55: "What do you mean - we took a wrong turn, Aim? Oh - you mean the fat girl who doesn't hike was right back there at that sign? Huh, Ok, carry on! :)" | "This is ridiculous - where are the stores??!! ...and who took my high heels? Is this a shortcut?"
56: WE MADE IT!!!
58: View to the Left- The city | Ocean
59: Canyons / Malibu
70: Paradise Cove,-Malibu, CA
74: Marina Del Rey | Larry Ellison's boat - co-founder and chief executive officer of Oracle Corporation, one of the world's leading enterprise software companies. As of 2011, he is the third wealthiest American citizen, with an estimated worth of $33 billion.
76: Heather and I head out on our own in CALI!! Sept. 11, 2011
78: An Amazing tribute to the 10-Year Anniversary of 911 Santa Monica Pier
86: Moneyball, with Brad Pitt was beimg promoted EVERYWHERE, we were sick of Brad! :) | Anyone see the Irony here? haha | Finishing up the day with a little shopping at Third Street
87: We visited Amy's friend and thanking them on a very special day, September 11th, 2011... 10 years later WE WILL NEVER FORGET
88: L.A.'s Oldest Firehouse T37
89: The BEST Little Dive in L.A.! CHA CHA CHICKEN!
90: It started out as a relaxing beach day and Ended up in a SOUL TRAIN NIGHT!!!
91: Lunch in Marina Del Rey, Pedicure and Thia-Torture Massage! HA!
92: Downtown L.A.
96: YES - That was the Mens Bathroom - you could see right under, from the Ladies!?!
97: And - What the??!! | "Amy - pretend I am taking pic of you!"
99: "I'd like to be the sort of friend that you have been to me. I'd like to be the help that you've been always glad to be; I'd like to mean as much to you each minute of the day, as you have meant, old friend of mine, to me along the way." - Edgar A. Guest Thank you , Amy for a great vacation and for your friendship! Te Amo~, Tara & Heather