We spent Friday in J’s hometown Ventura. In the morning, my Dad dropped us off at Kohl’s for a last shopping tour. This time, my Mom and I bought some nice clothes and Basti gave advise in a first-class manner ;)
Meanwhile, my Dad visited another golf course [I think the fourth of the whole trip] and was able to use the Driving Range for a while.
In the afternoon, we were invited for a BBQ at J’s parents’ house. Another family from Germany, which had been at our wedding last year, was on vacation in California as well, so we all hung out together :) It was a fun afternoon. My Mom and I prepared potato salad and a tomato-egg-platter and J’s Mom had bought chicken for the grill. The weather was nice and sunny and we had a great time hanging out in the backyard.
At 8 p.m. we had to say goodbye again. We made a quick stop at the Ventura Harbor on the way back to the hotel.
Since we were all a little bit hungry again, I suggested to have pizza at Toni’s Pizza Place. You have to have Toni’s Pizza when you are in Ventura :)
Saturday morning, we took Highway 1 from Ventura to Malibu and ended our trip where it had started three weeks ago – at the Malibu Inn with a hearty breakfast :)
Afterwards, we drove to the “Getty Center” in Brentwood. It was one “cultural” place I definitely wanted my parents and Basti to see – not only because of the great view of LA and Santa Monica, but also because of the great architecture and the great exhibitions.
We left the “Getty” around 3 p.m., did some last-minute shopping at the supermarket and then took the luggage to the “Crowne Plaza”, their hotel next to the airport. We spent the evening at the “3rd Street PromenadeÃ¢â‚¬Â in Santa Monica. There were many people out on Saturday night [which is not unusual ;)] and we had a great time strolling up and down the Promenade. We decided to have our last dinner at “Bubba Gump’s” again on the Santa Monica Pier and we actually had to wait for 45 minutes to get a table. Great – this way we had time to explore the Pier some more and take some last photos :)
Finally, when we had dinner, we had a great view of the beach and the sunset. My Mom and I shared a steak and a big salad [with rasberry vinaigrette – yum!], my Dad had a steak and Basti the “Run Across America Seafood Platter”. What a great last night!
Sunday morning, we all had breakfast together at the hotel and then took the shuttle to the airport. There are no photos of our “saying goodbye”, because I think we all didn’t feel like taking photos …
I had promised myself not to cry, because there really was no reason to cry since we had such a marvelous, special time – but I couldn’t help it and wept like a baby. It was hard to see them go. I think I really wasn’t aware how much I had missed them. Oh well, “only” 5 months till Christmas ;)