after nearly two months, i've worked up the courage to share our trip to los angeles, calfornia. we left for california the day before daniel's birthday, his birthday wish. we flew in to LAX, and headed straight to our airbnb in venice. we were only a block or so from the infamous venice sign, and the gorgeous boardwalk. it was my favorite corner of LA we visited. every day dan would ask me what i wanted to do, and i always asked if we could head back to venice. it easily won a spot in my heart among my favorite cities. it's a beautiful, romantic destination. the atmosphere is relaxing, the beauty too good to be true. as we wandered the boardwalk, i kept exclaiming how cliche-ly californian it all was, straight from every film you've ever seen. i loved it.
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when we first arrived, we headed straight to the beach after dropping our bags and grabbed a bite along the boardwalk, at figtrees. our view was of rollerbladers and the waves. palm trees shaded our meal. the weather was blissful. the food was to die for. i thought i was in heaven.
after this, we headed for venice's namesake, the canals. we wandered them extensively, falling in love with every million dollar home along the way. if you're in venice, the canals are a can't miss stop.
anytime i get behind the camera, dan becomes my favorite subject, but you can clearly see how he feels about that.
after wandering for hours, and being up since 0330 that morning for our early flight, we headed back to catch up on a handmaid's tale and fell into a blissful nap while we waited to meet up with dan's friend for dinner plans. once we woke, the sun was setting, and i begged to go back to the beach to photograph it in the sunset's light.
for dinner, we headed to c&o trattoria, and it. was. the. best. we sat on the enclosed, open-air patio, decorated festively to transport you straight to italy. the twinkle lights above dazzled, the servers led us in a group italian sing-a-long, and it was delicious. oh, and they served us endless garlic rolls that ruined our appetites. i daydream about this place often.
after dinner we had plans to stop for doughnuts, but unanimously decided we were too stuffed. dan and i asked to be dropped off at the santa monica pier. again, i was shocked by just how perfectly it mimiced everything i've ever seen on tv. we headed straight to the ferris wheel. the view was incredible, as the lights and voices of the fair sung below us on one side, and the waves crashed on the other. our first day was a dream, and by far my favorite.
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i could talk about the things we did in a place of overwhelming beauty, but i find myself thinking only of the beauty of your laugh and watching your eyes light up in joy. my favorite parts were all of you. waking up in a dark room, aware of your weight behind me, turning in to your embrace with a soft kiss planted on my head, as we sleepily resisted the breaking day in favor of stealing a few more minutes exchanging the warmth between our skin. your hand on my knee as we wound higher into the mountains. your concern and the care you gave when i was overcome with an unknown excruciating pain, bathing me in the warmth of your love. sitting in silence, working separately on the passions we share, marveling at my gratitude to have found someone i can indulge in them with. the way just meditating on the man you are and the things i feel for you burns my throat and wets my eyes. a love that ignites me with excitement for the future, and gives me peace i've never known. i silently thank you for that one hundred times over each day. loving you is the most beautiful adventure i will ever know.