You know how when you really love a movie, and you keep telling a friend to go see it. How you enjoyed it so much, that you’re willing to go with that person to watch it a second time, a third, or even a 6th? :) And it’s funny how for a good part of those two hours in the theater you catch yourself staring more at her reaction, rather than actually staring back at the screen?
Well that’s exactly how I feel when I travel to some of my favorite places in the world with someone who’s never been. I find myself checking if he or she resonates with the delight and excitement I felt in my own first visit.
Just last month, after two straight summers in Europe, GP and I decided to travel back to the U.S. (the last time we were in America was in 2011 so we felt this year would be the ideal time to return) Only this trip was truly special and meaningful particularly because of the person we brought with us.
You see, last year, my mom was diagnosed with stage 1 cervical cancer but through the grace of God and she is now completely cancer free (see previous post about mom)! As a gift and reward for beating the disease GP promised to take my mom to the US with us. It had always been a dream of hers, but with 4 more kids to raise and a business to run, she never thought she would ever be able to make that trip! So when GP surprised her with the tickets she was crying tears of joy :)
GP set about planning an action packed three week tour of the states. LA-SF-NYC-DC- then back to LA.
And all I can say is…it truly was one of the best trips ever. Like viewing a movie you love for the second time but this time with the people you love, and enjoying it even more than when you first saw it. ♥
Here are photos from the first leg of our trip.
We got to stay with my wonderful sister-in-law, her husband Raff and my nephew AJ, who was just a baby when were were last there. We did all the touristy stuff From Old Town Pasadena to Americana, to Beverly Hills, to the Graumann’s theatre (can you believe it’s now called TCL Chinese theatre! The chinese actually bought the chinese theater!!)
Of course I completely obliterated my diet and GP too… Panda Express, Taco Bell, Thai Barbecue, In ‘n’ out! BUUUTTT… One of the highlights of this first leg was a private tour of the Warner Brothers studio. Courtesy of the big man in WB, Rey Rolle!
From touring the backlot in Ellen Degeneres private golf cart (which i got to drive).. To seeing the super awesome Batman Exhibit, the Harry Potter Exhibit.. and for the ultimate Friends fanatic like GP and I… Rey is the man! Oh and the best part of it was… a closed door tour of the actual CENTRAL PERK set! It was a dream come true…. To be able to sit in the very same couch Phoebe, Ross, Rachel, Joey, Chandler, and Monica sat in… GP played gunther and stood behind the counter, I held Phoebs guitar, we replicated the Ross and Rachel kiss by the door… What a truly unbelievable experience and the perfect way to start the trip!
Yummy Thai BBQ!
Got to go to the outlets too!
Mom trying to take a #selfie :)
Make a wish!
HERE WE GOOOOOOOOOO!
This is where she parks! She drives a Porsche cause her wife’s name is Portia ;)
Artist only entrance!
Yup… Bradley Cooper!
The actual sofa <3
Perfect for a photoshoot ;)
Pretty Little Lairs golf cart!
This is where spiderman kissed MJ!
With my actual superhero!
The original sign and building of WB!
We even went to the CEO’s office and took pictures of the Oscars they had!
Thank you Rey!!!