Since my eldest daughter was spending the summer in Finland, my 13 year old daughter and I decided to head to L.A. I was happy to be back in my old stomping grounds and Anya was excited to explore Hollywood. That said, we both had a long list of things we wanted to see and do, but I’m here to tell you, we had a blast. Los Angeles turned out to be the best place for a mother daughter vacation!
Top on Anya’s list were Disney, Universal Studios, Santa Monica Pier and Hollywood Blvd.. For me it was more about time with friends, a chance to show Anya my old alma mater and to do a bit of shopping on Melrose. We both wanted to go to the Cheesecake Factory in Beverly Hills because it is THE original Cheesecake Factory and to see Lucille Ball’s house (we LOVE Lucy).
Here’s how it rolled:
Universal Studios! After that, Anya said no need for Disneyland! Sorry Mickey.
Santa Monica Pier (this is not my kind of thing, so we compromised – one hour)
The cake Anya made at Duff’s CakeMix on Melrose Ave. Yes, total YUM.
Hollywood Blvd. (another 110 + degree day, but we had a total blast anyway!)
Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising (my alma mater)
Lucille Ball’s house (adore Roxbury Drive, her house has been totally re-done, but still)
Beverly Hills Cheesecake Factory (same only bigger), minus the cheesecake. Do you blame us?!!
Plenty of time with friends 💗
20th Century Fox (my friend, Rose got us on the lot and we spent the day driving around in golf cart – highlights: Marilyn Monroe’s ‘apartment’ and the Costume Vault!) Thanks, Rose! xo
And of course there was a stop at PINKS on LaBrea.
It’s an institution.
Anya says, “Best burger EVER!”
What made this trip totally great was the balance of things that we did. Some for her. Some for me. Some for both of us.
You can’t ask for more than that except for maybe sunshine, blue skies, ocean and mountains. Yes, L.A. you do have it all. And we’ll be back!
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