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The commons-Calabasas

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It’s just across the street from our hotel, what a location :)

A small open air complex that has a cinema, shops, supermarket, cafes, restaurants and Barnes & Noble :) As if i was living in heaven :D The whole place was so clean and beautiful, a lot of greens which we rarely see in our area. Beautiful clean breeze to breath every morning and every night. We loved taking a walk around the place, just going and coming back. Even walking in the parking lot was so much fun with those tall huge trees covering the area.

We enjoyed our nights going to the cinema, choosing from a very small variety of movies but we didn’t mind it at all. The movies didn’t have anyone working there except the guy who we bought the tickets from and the one selling us popcorns and snacks. We entered without anyone asking us about our tickets, and we headed to our hall without being directed there. Also when we got inside the hall, no one asked us for our tickets, we seated ourselves and that was it. People there trust the people of Calabasas. No one would ever dare to cross the line which we liked and respected very much.

My mornings in this city were very beautiful. Why? Because I had to spend them in Barnes & Noble, a huge bookstore that we don’t have in Kuwait and I don’t think we’ll ever get to see one. Every day, I’d wake up around 9 am, take the car and head to The Commons, park in front of the bookstore, order my coffee and choose my table. To my surprise, it was really crowded. I didn’t think i’d see a lot of people in the place because I thought they might be at work, but actually many of them were doing their work in the coffee shop of Barnes & Noble.

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Dinner By The Pool

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Last weekend was one of the busiest weekends I’ve ever had yet it was also one of the best. My sister gave birth to a beautiful baby girl and we named her Noura <3 On the day that she gave birth, we were very tired after all the hassle, going up and down in the hospital, feeding the baby, helping my sister with stuff and so on. We really needed and break and we had a very beautiful one.

At night, we were invited to my aunt’s friends house that has a huge outdoor area with a beautiful relaxing pool and Jacuzzi. As we entered the house, we said Hi and immediately jumped in the pool. What I enjoyed the most was watching Juju swim from the Jacuzzi to the pool and back to the Jacuzzi. She had a fantastic time, she didn’t want to leave the pool at all, we had to pull her out with lots of screaming and crying :P

Then we had a very delicious light dinner by the pool. The atmosphere was a killer. What was missing a romantic movie and it would have been the perfect night. But anyways, it was the perfect night because we had lots of fun. Around 10:30pm we got out of the pool, changed Juju and off to our house. Juju didn’t say a word when I put her in her bed, she just hugged her lizard and fell in a deep sleep :)

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USS Midway-San Diego

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We ended our San Diego trip by dropping the USS Midway a visit. Admission was very cheap and it was about to close, so they told us that we can stamp our tickets if we want to visit it next day but of course we didn’t because the was very far from our hotel. To be honest, I wasn’t interested in such place but my husband skipped a heart beat when he saw the huge aircraft carrier standing in front of his own eyes. He dies for such places and museums, because he’s into planes and fighters.

When we got inside, we saw some small planes standing, you can see them but you can’t get inside them, then we saw stimulators, we wanted to go and try them but we’ve just had a hearty meal so we didn’t want to risk throwing up inside it :P Then we went up the aircraft carrier and then everything became so dreamy and beautiful. So many planes, fighters, helicopters to see and actually go inside them, I loved looking at them but my husband literally took photos with each aircraft :P I just sat there looking at the ocean and enjoying the beautiful breeze.

Then we had a chit chat with one of the navy men who served in Kuwait’s war and he told us about his experience. We loved talking with him and listening to his story. We also saw some women who also served in the war, we saw them wearing the Kuwaiti flag on their uniform. It was a pleasant experience.

And the huge Soldier Kissing Nurser statue was there ;)

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San Diego Safari Park Experience-California

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Let me begin with this; It was the most awful trip ever. Honestly, we enjoyed our time to the max in California and everything we went to or visited was totally worth it except this trip that almost ruined our day for us.

Driving from Anaheim to San Diego Safari Park took 2hrs. When we reached the place which was located on a hill away from the city, we were shocked to find out that we had to pay for the parking. Why? Then we had pay entree fees for the park and then we saw the fees of the other attractions in the park and everything had a separate fee???? Why all this money? Seriously! Why don’t they just include it all in one ticket and Voila go and have fun? Not to mention the parking was really far from the entrance and we had to go up for about 15 minutes in the burning sun, and trust me, it wasn’t your regular up, it was really UP. I couldn’t feel my legs afterwards.

We entered the place anyway because we drove 2hrs and we weren’t going to go back without seeing what’s inside this park. It was a very regular zoo, I don’t why they called it a Safari when the entrance fee was for the zoo. You have to pay extra $50 for Cheetah Safari, extra $50 for Loop Safari and so on. So our entrance was for a boring zoo. I can’t lie and tell it wasn’t cool, no the place looked really huge but the only thing we enjoyed was the birds show. We couldn’t finish the whole place because it was boiling hot. So we left the zoo after one hour from going around it.

Wasn’t worth it at all.

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Pier 39-San Francisco- California

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We ended our day in San Francisco in Pier 39 which is a famous area and the centre of everything. The whole action is there. You want to have a bite, you can have it there, a snack is there, cafes, restaurants desserts and bakeries are all there. You want to buy a souvenir you can also buy it from there. So many activities, movie theatre, cruises, shows, mazes and so much more. You can spend your whole day there without feeling bored.

I feel that we didn’t stay that long in this area and didn’t explore it that much, but our visit was okay. Maybe next time when we head to the USA, we must plan few days in San Fran to finish everything. The place is huge and CROWDED. You can hardly find a place to sit in so if you want to have lunch, make sure to eat around 1 or 2pm because around 3 or 4pm, the place becomes crowded.

“PIER 39 is a 45-acre waterfront complex that is a gathering place for millions of San Francisco locals and visitors. In addition to its 14 full-service restaurants, 90+ shops and popular attractions, PIER 39 is home to a 5-acre waterfront park and a 300-berth marina. PIER 39 is known for its spectacular views of San Francisco Bay including the Golden Gate Bridge, Bay Bridge and Alcatraz, as well as the world famous California sea lions hauled out on K-Dock.”

Check their website for more information Pier 39

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San Francisco One Day Trip-California

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A dream came true … San Francisco in front of my own eyes.

We were planning on visiting San Francisco for one day, so when we reached Las Vegas, we booked our one day ticket through Virgin Airlines and waited for the big day to come. It was on the 7th of August 2014. Our flight was at 7am something like that so we went to LAX airport around 5am, parked our car and headed to the gate. We didn’t have luggage with us and we have already checked in and got our boarding bar codes throughout Virgin Airlines mobile application which was awesome.

The plane was very small and cozy, they served us organic snacks *thumpsup* and without knowing it, we were getting ready to land. And guess what? It was freezing cold :S It was summery in Los Angeles but it was the total opposite in San Fran, we thought maybe because it’s early in the morning, but we were wrong, it didn’t become warm, actually it became colder :S but it was nice.

We headed to Pier 39 to an exact Kiosk that we booked our tickets from online. The tickets were for Alcatraz, and Big Bus Tour and other stuff which we didn’t have the time to visit. We decided to start with the Big Bus Tour which was so much fun. We took the upper seats (so cold) to see San Francisco clearly.

The tour started from Pier 39 and continued to the main city, union square, then to a museum which I can’t remember the name, the painted ladies, to the golden gate and then back to Pier 39. We stopped at The Golden Gate took some pictures and then we headed back to the pier by taking the ferry :) We lost our bus and took the wrong bus which helped us in finding the right ferry to get us back to town because we were going to miss our Alcatraz tour.

It was so much fun :D

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Santa Monica Pier-Los Angeles

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It is a place I’ve always seen on TV but I’ve never ever dreamt of seeing it alive and actually visit it. Santa Monica Pier, the popular place that you have seen in many movies was in front of my eyes :D

After we finished from touring Hollywood, we headed Ice Cream Lab (previous post). Then we continued to Santa Monica Pier. The place was crowded because it’s summer obviously. We reached the place very hungry, so searched for a place to eat (post coming) and then we started exploring the area.

It wasn’t THAT huge, but it was decent. It had many restaurants and cafes, small food kiosk and some games to play. Not to mention the sea itself but it was rough, and the weather was very windy and kinda cold (to me). But it seemed that it wasn’t a problem to the people swimming in the sea.

We enjoyed walking on the sand which was cool and soft. Watching children play, teenagers playing volleyball on the beach, lovers talking etc. The place was very relaxing and soothing to the mind and soul. Get your book and beach rug and enjoy the sunset there.

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California Adventure-Anaheim

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No one can be THAT old for Disney Land. Even Juju wasn’t with us in this trip, we couldn’t help ourselves but check California Adventure. We visited DisneyLand in Hong Kong last year and it was really cool and small. So in this trip, we were kinda confused, which park to visit, it wasn’t worth visiting both of them, so we decided to hit the California Adventure. We got the tickets from our hotel. Yes, we were staying in Anaheim, and our hotel was 5 minutes away by car from the park.

We took the bus because we didn’t want to waste our time searching for a park space. Reached the park around 10 pm and we entered immediately, even though it was holly crowded but the people there were very fast and efficient. Once we were inside the park, we searched for a place to have breakfast in because we were very hungry and we found a very delicious one :)

The place looked different, not your kind of Disney Land. I believe it was all about movie experiences. Like Cars, Little Mermaid and so. There weren’t any Disney Princesses or fairies except for Sofia The First which belongs to Disney Junior. The park was kinda small, we didn’t expect it to be like that but well we can’t say we didn’t have fun going around checking the shops, games, cafes and restaurants.

We only played 2 games which were for kids lol but every game was crowded with people, it takes forever to play an exciting game. So we decided to just relax and enjoy the park. It was hot in the morning but then the weather cold down and the breeze became really refreshing.

My goal was to get Juju Sofia’s costume, because she’s in love with her, so when I went to the shops I was surprised that they didn’t have Sofia’s costume, I asked around and they told me that I can find it in a Kiosk in Hollywood block. I went there looking for that Kiosk and there it was, everything related to Disney Junior.

Around 2pm, we went back to the hotel, took a shower, relaxed for a bit, changed our clothes and then went to have lunch at In-N-Out. After that we went back to the park but this time driving our car and we found a parking lot which was kinda far but we didn’t mind the walking. We stayed there until the final show which was amazing. Loved everything about it. It was just marvellous.

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Irvine Spectrum-Los Angeles

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Irvine Spectrum was one of the places that we enjoyed visiting in California. It’s near long beach, not that far. So when you’re done with Queen Mary & Fox-trot Submarine, you can head to Irvine to spend the night there and enjoy your time.

One thing I didn’t like about the place was the people residing there, they were all of the Arabian Gulf. I swear it was as if I was visiting Dubai or Kuwait. Full Khalijis, which I kinda avoid when I go on vacation. I like to see new people, new faces, hear a new language, be introduced to other cultures.

So avoid this place in summer if you don’t want to meet your neighbour but visit it if you’re going in a different season. The place is really amazing, the decoration, the shops, restaurants, cafes and it also has a cinema. Full entertainment! I loved it.

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Fremont Street Experience-Las Vegas

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Last day in Vegas was spent in Fremont Street Experience. I don’t know how I came across this street but i think it was from google when I was searching for the places to visit in Las Vegas.

We went there around 5:30 pm and it was still daylight so nothing special about it as you can see in the picture. But they closed the street’s entrances and asked us to show their IDs to make sure we’re above 20 years old and maximum security was surrounding the place. They checked all of our bags and wallets to make sure we’re clear but they were very nice with us and the process took less than 2 minutes.

As we entered the street again around 6pm it was still daylight, still nothing special about, so we walked through the kiosks and shops, had coffee in Starbucks and then the fun started. Around 7pm, music started playing in the middle of streets. The were 2 stages, both played by different bands. The music was so loud and energetic. People were dancing and having fun in the middle of the street.

Around 7:45pm the lights started playing in the ceiling, but at 8pm all lights closed in the streets and a colourful musical show started in the ceiling. It was soooo beautiful with all the colours and stuff dancing with the music. It was unbelievably beautiful, everyone was looking up with a huge smile on their faces.

We loved it.

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The Linq-Las Vegas

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A very hip and beautiful place to spend your night at. The Linq is the IT place for dining, shopping, walking, and entertaining district in Las Vegas. It has just opened and everybody is crazy about it. The place is very cool, it has a huge wheel that you can enjoy at night seeing Las Vegas with all its lights. Walking is so much fun in this strip because the weather at night get colder a bit and the music makes this place a vivid district.

Make sure not to miss this place if you’re heading to Vegas and it’s highly recommended to visit it at night.

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“O” Cirque du Solei Experience-Las Vegas

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One of the shows that I really really wanted to see was “O” and I was so lucky, I got to see it “yeeepppeee”

I’ve always played youtube videos for this show and checked their websites just to see what they have about it. It always fascinated me, a huge swimming pool in the middle of the theatre and people performing in it was just beautiful on youtube. Now, what about seeing it live in front of your eyes? It was magnificent, unbelievable, it made me speechless.

Unfortunately, photography wasn’t allowed, don’t know why? They allowed it in Zarkana show but in this show it wasn’t. But i managed to snap some photos *dances* until one lady came and told me it’s not allowed :P

The decoration of the whole place was really beautiful, so dreamy with all the blue, purple and red colours. The performers were really professionals, all the moves they did were really awesome and scary at the same time. My heart stopped for a moment in one of the moves because I thought something wrong will happen :S

If you happen to be in Vegas, make sure to watch this show, it’s a must.

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