playing tourist: at the Hollywood Bowl

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Last weekend I went to the Hollywood Bowl on a mother-daughter date with another friend & her daughters. It was the annual Sound of Music Sing-a-long, where the audience watches the classic Sound of Music movie as the words to the songs appear on a ginormous screen. People brought poppers for on-screen kisses, flashlights for when the Nazi’s were looking for the Von Trapp family, and took out their lighters phones for the love songs.  Set in the hills of Hollywood, the outdoor amphitheater is in full sight of the infamous Hollywood sign (visible during the day, I promise). I spent many a summer night here growing up, for shows and orchestra concerts by John Williams or the LA Philharmonic. I love the closing Fireworks show towards the end of the summer, and of course the fourth of July celebrations. It is here that I grew to love classical music.

Please tell me that if you live in the LA area, or have been to LA, that you have gone to a concert here before! If you’re not into classical music, there are plenty of weekends where there are shows like the Blue Man Group, Earth Wind and Fire, Vampire Weekend etc.

You need to go!

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It’s a summertime celebration, so check their website for the 2014 summer schedule!

hugs, hanalei

PS-Two things: parking ($20) is stacked, so you’ll be stuck there for at least an hour, unless you pay $45 for Valet parking (which we did, & we were in and out of there in minutes!) or catch the shuttle. Also: DO NOT bring your trusty DSLR camera! They will make you check it in or return it to your car. You can get away with a point-and-shoot camera or your cell.

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Playing Tourist: in Ventura, Ca

foggydress_ventura LA is a big, fast paced city, Santa Barbara is a small, filled-with-tourists city, but sandwiched in between is the cozy beach town of Ventura. My husband spent half his life here, so we have all our favorite places down when we go back. We were there with family this weekend, so of course we went to some of our favorite places….

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foggydress_venturaWe always get Andria’s classic fish & chips.

Fresh caught white fish, it’s the plumpest, juiciest fish, fried on a bed of “chips”. Squeeze fresh lemon on that and you’ll think you’re in heaven!

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foggydress_ventura Then walk around Ventura Harbor, and take in the sailboats and bougainvilleas at every turn.

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foggydress_ventura I would make a scary blonde! ^^

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foggydress_ventura^^ You can rent paddle boats or kayaks ^^ (all sorts of boats; see above) and cruise around the harbor.

foggydress_ventura THEN cross the street and you’re at the beach…

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foggydress_ventura AKG and his momma ^^

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foggydress_ventura THe most beautiful flock of pelicans decided to fly by in a most organized, seemingly endless string.

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foggydress_ventura Next time you come to LA, it’s worth the hour drive to stop by this beach town that still has orchards and fields of fresh fruits, fresh caught fish, and a breath of fresh air (literally).

hugs, hanalei.

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TO San Diego, with love

foggydress_sd Here is our trip to San Diego, to visit Anna & Chris. I’ll let the pictures do the talking.

Also…check back on the bloggy later this week for my very first giveaway!

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Taiwan: you can’t come here without visiting the east coast

(I’m actually in Hong Kong right now, but I finally have more than 2 minutes of wifi, and have a whopping hour to blog! Here’s another taste of our adventures in Taiwan…)

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The most important part of this trip was all the special people in my life, who I was able to see again. The second most special part of the trip was the scenery!
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IMG_7586Yeah it was rainy…like the whole time we were in Hualien…but is it not the prettiest place to have rainy days? And how can you not have fun when one of your bff’s and her new hubster meet you there?

IMG_7883We stopped and ate some yummy bananas from an old lady. They were as long as my finger!

taiwanI could live my whole life on a bicycle in this town.

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Now, let me introduce you to…

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Asians love their pens. Every color, every style!

hugs, hanalei.

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taiwan: our first 2 (sleep deprived) days

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It was pretty rainy when we landed….typical Taiwan! It seems like it rains about 50% of the time here. The humidity has me thinking my skin won’t need all that lotion I packed…

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Above, meeting up with my mission companion, 張姊妹!Below, too in love with everything I see!!!!

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