Day 8 & 9 in L.A.: The West Coast was Dope!

All good things must come to an end…

And before we knew it, it was our last day in Cali.

But, at least we had good people to spend it with and got to tag along with Katrina’s aunt and uncle again (they were feeling “sick” that day and naturally had to take off from work).

Seemingly out of place in one of L.A.’s residential areas, peeked a unique piece of art and history made by an amazing Italian fellow named Simon Rodia.

This was our first stopping point

The Watts Towers

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His story is truly extraordinary so, if you happen to be in L.A., I would recommend taking a looksie.  We didn’t do the guided tour inside, but I’m sure it’d be nice to see his work up close and personal.

After the towers, we had lunch at Clifton’s Cafeteria in Downtown L.A.

Just like the name suggests, it’s cafeteria style dining.  You grab a tray and the food you want from the various lines, then find a seat on one of their many floors decorated to look like you stepped into another time (or, a nature center, with the way the first floor looks).

We went on opening day after they had done some renovations, so it was really crowded.

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They still have a lot to work out like controlling the flow of traffic and making sure the food is cooked thoroughly, but it has a certain charm to it.  I hope things work out for them in the long run.

We said our goodbyes to Katrina’s family after lunch and, with only a couple of hours left before it was time to go to the airport, we went shopping again at Westfield mall.

Fashion Q was killing our wallets with all their cute, yet affordable styles.

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10PM came around way too fast after that and it was bye bye California (hello high levels of turbulence and East Coast cold, wet weather).

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We’ll miss Cali (like, a lot)

But, believe me, *Arnold Schwarzenegger voice* we’ll be back!!

Note: Technically there was no “Day 9” since we were on the plane during that time.  My bad!

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