Monday, 22 April 2013

Separated by Ocean - still a family

Once we arrived in Los Angeles and met up with Brian again, I told both brothers (Digi & Brian), no more tears at the next goodbye. I'm too old to bear another tearful parting. Compared to them I appeared as the cold hearted one. Five years earlier Digi protested tearfully while saying goodbye to his brother at LAX. He kept saying, "I don't understand why I have to leave my brother. Why mum?" With their father passed on just over a year, my heart was shredded listening to Digi's pleas and watching Brian trying to comfort his much younger brother.  (Brian is Digi's older brother from my late husband first marriage). So this time, the visit was much longer than previous one. Thankfully they had enough time be together and to argue around.  The goodbye later, though not easy.was much better,

Young Brian and 3 months old Digi
(Santa Rosa)

Brian and six years old Digi
(Disneyland)

11 years old Digi almost as tall as big brother Brian
(Digi then was my height, now am at his chin)

We stayed with Brian for almost three weeks before taking an overnight train to Albuquerque. While in LA, Digi and I spent our days walking around West Hollywood and to places that our feet could take us. We enjoyed our walk to the Hollywood walks of fame and later to the Los Angeles County Museum Of Art (LACMA), just South of West Hollywood for Tim Burton's Exhibition. In between we walked to the Farmer's Market, browsing shops and checking on parks. On weekends, Brain took us to downtown LA for the LA County Museum of Natural History and to the Electronic Entertainment Ezpo that Digi had wanted so much to attend. Of course being underage he can only see all the posters and billboards from outside the exhibition halls.

Hollywood Walk of Fame

Street Art
(on the way to LACMA)


Tim Burton's hand works

This is the 3rd of our USA Natural History Museum
after  the one in Washington D.C. and  the other in New York.

Art work outside the LA County Museum
of Natural History

Gamer's destination

With some Costumed Battlefield Players
(Electronic Entertainment Ezpo. LA)

We close our LA visit with a trip to Venice beach looking for some sunshine. Nope. Even in June, on the day we got to the beach there was no sun. Brrr we did in our skimpy attires. But we made it - coast to coast USA: New York - LA. Also it was a fun day people watching at Venice Beach.

Gargoyles by the Venice beach.

Cold day at the beach

Brian's front porch

We also cook a lot at Brian's, encouraged by the close proximity to to Farmer Market and Whole Foods. Brian also had a wonderful selection of herbs in his garden, right in the middle of a busy West Hollywood neighborhood. But we had to continue on with our journey and goodbye it was to be. We will be back to LA of course. InsaAllah.

Alternative Foodie


21 comments:

  1. I've never been to LA; on my list, though.

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    1. Thank you, Melanie. You will enjoy LA. The weather is mostly awesome, really. We can have ice cream even in winter. And so many attractions for kids and adults to see.

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  2. Goodbyes are always hard. We were a military when I married. Seemed like I was always saying goodbye to my family or my husband.

    Looks like you had a great trip, though and have had several good visits with Brian.

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    1. Thank you Sia McKye. It is wonderful to see you here at nuttybean. I can imagine this constant goodbye taking place while loved one is working in the military, as well being on the move. I hope you also had the opportunity to visit and look around when transferred to a new place. Thank you again, and wish you great week ahead.

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  3. it is sad to go---looks like a wonderful memory :)

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    1. Thank you, Lynn. My son once wanted a six story for a house so he could have all our family live with us. I told we would never be going anywhere then because it would be harder to say goodbye ... and that everyone lives somewhere else is a good reason to travel ;)

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  4. Looks like a fun trip, but goodbye are hard to do.

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    1. It was heartbreaking when Digi was younger, but now he is a teenager, it gets easier, Teresa. It wonderful seeing you here too. Thank you.

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  5. What a wonderful trip! Happy A-to-Z 2013! ~Angela, Whole Foods Living, http://www.wholefoodsliving.blogspot.com/

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    1. Thank you Angela. That is our A-Z theme, I think ;)

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  6. This is a wonderful entry. I am a family person from NY, with sons, one of whom is in LA. I relate a LOT to you. Your photos are so beautiful to me.
    jean :)

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    1. Thank you Jean. Do you have the opportunity to visit your son in LA too? The cities are very different - yet each has major attractions of their own ;)

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  7. Great pictures, especially E3. I've always wanted to visted that convention.

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    1. Ahh now I remember that Digi too used the term E3 ... he was occupied when I was writing this piece. Phew am caught eh, as the mum and not the gamer ;)

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  8. Thanks for sharing these wonderful pictures. There's so much to do in SoCal. Your picture of Disneyland makes me look forward to the day when I can take my kids there.

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    1. Thank you Cynthia, and welcome to nuttybean. Yes, I think kids and disney are meant to be together ;)

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  9. These photos are amazing! Thanks for sharing!

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    1. My pleasure Kelley Lynn. And thank you for visiting us.

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  10. You really saw the sights!
    That's cool your sons are close despite the age difference.

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    1. The "Sights" (yup, another S word) was enjoyable, Alex. Thank you for dropping by.

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  11. It's never easy to say goodbye, and kids have such a hard time understanding why it's even necessary. Looks like you had quite the trip--must have filled every minute! Love the photos.

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