Monday, April 19, 2010

Chinatown and Venice Beach

I am finally going to tell you about our last two days of our trip out to Southern California with my girls for Spring Break. Sunday after getting moved to another airline, just barely making the connecting flight, the airline losing our luggage and then experiencing a very long earthquake, we went out to eat with my dad & brothers and sisters. Remember on Monday we spent the morning in Seal Beach then went on to Art Supply Warehouse and then Fabric Barn. Tuesday we went to Melrose with some friends and my favorite shop was Johnny Cupcakes. Thursday we went up to the Los Angeles garment district  & my oldest found a pair of shoes for Prom. My younger daughter didn't like the garment district at all since it isn't the nicest of places. So, I thought she might like Chinatown which is just a few minutes away from where we were. I was right! :)
Chinatown is filled with little shops with inexpensive trinkets. I loved this one. Wouldn't it be awesome to have a party where the ceiling was filled with upside down umbrellas, or Chinese lanterns?
See how close LA city hall is?

See how happy my girls look?

Of course we got hungry and stopped at Yang Chow for some yummy Chinese food. Lots of signed celebrity photos on the walls. But, we didn't see any celebrities :(

After lunch we ventured down the street and found this courtyard of shops. I believe these have been in some movies.

We drove by the Westin Bonaventure. The elevators are on the outside of the building & I remember going up in them when I was in college ...they go really fast!

On Thursday we were going to head on up to Venice Beach. I really wanted to stop by Sweet and Saucy  bakery since I have been following their blog for awhile. It is about a mile from where I used to live in Long Beach. If you have a few minutes, definitely stop by and look through the gallery of cakes.
This is what the display looks like.
Cute pom poms in the window.
We bought some delicious cookies, a candy bar cupcake and this cake lolipop. They were all really yummy!
After stopping at Sweet and Saucy we drove up to Venice Beach. I don't recommend taking small children there, but mine are nearly full grown. Venice was my oldest daughter's favorite place.

A very cool wall with graffiti all over it

The boardwalk has lots of shops on it. A little surprising were the multitude of "doctor's offices" selling Mary Jane. Yep,  you heard that right! The smell was everywhere. I don't mean to get political here, but they might as well make it legal for everyone.

My oldest daughter (the creative one) is also very interested in tattoo's. I found out on the previous Monday that she had one done awhile back in Charlotte. Mr. Fanatic was beside himself when I phoned him.

You can see the tattoo on her back at the base of her neck.

After Venice, of course we went to In-N-Out Burger.
Our Los Angeles Shopping tour was a whirlwind 4 days of shop til you drop & eating good food! We all had a great time  shopping and spending some time with family & friends. Friday we headed back home.
Would love to hear about the places you all go on weekends or vacations. Who knows, it might help us plan our next trip.

Tomorrow I will be sharing some more about our patio in the woods. Hope you'll stop by for a visit.



  1. Pam, great shots of China Town. I have been to the one in San Francisco. Your girls are so pretty and seem to fit right in to LA. I see you already have a wild child. Our daughter was the wild one and we survived! I don't know how your daughter or anyone for that matter can go through the pain of getting a tattoo.

  2. Loved it!!~ Gosh I am in awww over this short but sweet vaca!!~ Shhhhh....I have two tattoos....none I will ever regret and you can't see them....:)

  3. check out my post from our trip to savannah! such a wonderful get away city! never been to CA but hopefully one say. im terrified of airplanes so, were holding out for now :)


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