I landed in LA on Sunday (a day before I left to China) close to noon and my dear friends Diana and Adriana picked me up and I was on an instant tour of the city. I had been to LA before back in 2008 and had seen lots of the "main" places but there was no way to see everything in 3 days. So off I went in the Dodge Magnum with my camera ready!
I've always wanted to see Rodeo Drive and Beverly Hills so they took me! I've only seen these signs on TV and I was in the middle of these multi-million dollar homes. I'm sure famous people lived in some of them. The thought was exciting and I loved every second of it.
|I didn't want to shop here, just see the sign!|
After that exciting moment, we went on and they took me past THE Playboy Mansion, Michael Jackson's house and by the hotel where Whitney Houston died. I know the last two are pretty morbid but HELLO!!!!!!!!!!!!! You have to go see them!
|Michael Jackson's House - he died here!|
|This is where Whitney Houston died. :(|
So we are driving and we turn in to the Hollywood Cemetery. YES, MORE DEAD PEOPLE!!!!!!! But I was intrigued and I couldn't wait to see who we were visiting. We drive in circles around the cemetery and there are lots of Jewish people laid to rest here. That still was not any help to me because I could not think of any Jewish person I LOVED! So as we are driving in circles, I am enjoying the day and anxiously awaiting to arrive. The girls are lost and ask for help. I even closed my ears and everything. The gentlemen knew who we were looking for and directed us in the right direction. Funny thing is, we had passed this person at least twice. LOL!
So the girls drive around and we pull up and I'm speechless. I literally can NOT speak - which as you know is hard to do. We arrive to the grave site of Ms. Estelle Getty. I was floored by the thoughtfulness of this and I begin to cry. If you know me, you know that I am obsessed with the Golden Girls and every single one of those characters. "Sophia Petrillo" has a special place in my heart because she resembles my deceased grandmother AND yes, I did name my own daughter after her...although their names are spelled differently.
So as I get out of the car and walk towards the headstone, I cannot believe that I am actually visiting "Sophia"!!!! It was definitely the high light of the trip and it was so very special to my heart. I know Diana and Adriana took a lot of time planning this and it was amazing to know they took the time to actually think of what I wanted to see. I felt so loved and I will never forget that day. Now it's their turn to come to see my hometown... :) Although I don't know how Houston can top all of the great things of LA!! But I'm sure I could figure something out.
|I thought it was weird to take a picture but my friends assured me it wasn't.|
|People have left rocks as a sign that they were there. I didn't have a rock so I left her $1 bill. :)|