Photo Essay

Los Angeles, So Much To See

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My mate & I just returned from a too short visit to Los Angeles, California, where I grew up. It was a gorgeous sunny day when we arrived. On the way into town I was able to photograph some of LA's spectacular skyscrapers.

We went to see my two daughters & four grandchildren. They are all at very enjoyable ages and we celebrated the baby's 1st birthday.

Our Armenian friends took us to their friend's son's wedding, which was fantastic! It was the 1st Armenian wedding for both of us. The old venue had been completely redone in pink marble with colonnaded arches and a wall fountain. There were stunning tall white floral arrangements centered on each table, at least 20 tables of ten each and when we arrived waiters were putting about 20 different kinds of appetizers & salads on each table. Then they added bottles of vodka, whiskey & wine. All of the food was fabulous & tasted homemade! I esp. loved 3 eggplant dips & dolmas! Right before the bride & groom entered the reception, 5 male Armenian folk dancers in national costume leaped onto the dance floor & gave us a show. After a bit couples dancing began. Finally the bridal couple cut their 4-tier blue wedding cake & it was served. Meanwhile, guests visited a big sweets table set up in the pink marble foyer.

On Friday, I wandered through various gardens at Huntington Gardens with my daughter & her two boys. We saw the charming children's maze, Rose garden & Japanese garden. The boys petted very tame Koi fish in the last garden. Afterwards, we went to her house where I watched my grandsons swim in their pool.

Saturday was the 1st birthday party for my youngest grandchild. On Sunday, I returned to Andrea's in the afternoon. We walked to a nearby park & played with the babies.

Monday my bestfriend since she was 7 and I was 6 years old picked me up & we went to Descanso Gardens for the 2nd time. The first time had been in April 2010 when I came out to help Andrea after Ava was born. It was May so quite spectacular with beds of every color of rose, iris, tulips & rare for Calif. lilacs! This time the beauty was more greenery & lush. All total, I took about 2,500 photos. It was a perfect visit!

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11 responses

  • Davide Simone

    Davide Simone (Deleted) said (2 Sep 2012):

    Michele, Lovely narrative, outstanding! voted

  • Susan B. Griffith

    Susan B. Griffith   said (2 Sep 2012):

    Sounds like you had a wonderful trip.

  • Saroj Swain

    Saroj Swain gave props (3 Sep 2012):

    Michele, No doubt the trip was good and you had a chance to visit your children and grand children. Touching story and I liked the way you narrated. Nice story. The dragon fly photo was superb. We would like to see more of such photo from you. Voted!!!

  • Saroj Swain

    Saroj Swain gave props (3 Sep 2012):

    The photograph of Grand children are very nice and cute... Lovely photograph.....

  • Krishna Dronamraju

    Krishna Dronamraju gave props (3 Sep 2012):

    All the photos are excellent and make a lovely, warm, and fun story.Great contribution.

  • Lynn E. Harvey

    Lynn E. Harvey   gave props (3 Sep 2012):

    I love L.A. ad this is just a touching and loving story. Perfect!!

  • rekha nag

    rekha nag gave props (4 Sep 2012):

    it seems u did enjoy your visit. Well written along with fantastic pics..voted !!

  • Indra Widi

    Indra Widi gave props (4 Sep 2012):

    2500 pics? wow, must be very fun, especially this photo of a family event. You must 'a little difficulty' to select the 10 best pictures. Many are still in the developing story of the photo so much of it, of course.

  • Deborah Downes

    Deborah Downes   gave props (4 Sep 2012):

    Happy you had such a wonderful time. Wonderful images. You sure get my vote.

  • Leslie Hunziker

    Leslie Hunziker   gave props (4 Sep 2012):

    wow, love it.

  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen gave props (7 Sep 2012):

    Excellent photo essay and it sounds like you had a great time. Voting

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