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Thanks to enough Delta miles and a husband skiing for MLK weekend, I had an excuse to run to Los Angeles for the four days to visit friends and play tourist.

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We lived in LA for five years as newlyweds, but there is nothing better than visiting the land of sun and stars.

Emily enjoying a drink at Shutters on the Beach

Emily enjoying a drink at Shutters on the Beach

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My daughter Emily was still home from college, so I packed her up and dragged her with me.

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The trip officially started at the Urth Caffe in Santa Monica.  Urth was in a tiny storefront in Manhattan Beach in 1991 when we lived there.  Emily spent many hours there as a baby, so I had to bring her back!

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Sites we visited included Sony Studios and the Getty Center.

Seinfelds apartment at Sony

Seinfeld apartment at Sony

Seinfeld's kitchen

Seinfeld kitchen at Sony

Why did I never do a Studio Tour when we lived here?  So fun!

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Next stop, The Grill for lunch in Beverly Hills and some shopping.

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The food in LA is fabulous.  Some of our favorites:  Love & Salt in Manhattan Beach, Tasting Kitchen in Venice, Gjelina in Venice and Shutters in Santa Monica.

Lemon Ricotta Pancakes at Gjelina

Lemon Ricotta Pancakes at Gjelina

The Getty Center is a must see when visiting LA.  We had two days of rain, but lucked out with the weather the day at the Getty.

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View of snow in the distance from the Getty

View of snow in the distance from the Getty

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A certain 22 year-old in our group with a very active metabolism, convinced us that In-N-Out burger was a mandatory stop after the Getty…

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Thanks Emily.  500,000 steps to burn this off!

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We ended our weekend with a long walk on the Manhattan Beach strand, a place I walked many miles with Emily in a stroller.  We saw wonderful friends who still live there.  They have an amazing company called Cosmetix West that manufactures beauty and fragrance products.  Hmmm, The Wry Home fragrance?

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Thank you LA for a wonderful weekend.

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the wry home

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