Los Angeles 2008

WHAT A DIFFERENCE A YEAR CAN MAKE!

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Except being one year older, 365 days can make a huge difference. This year have been for Alek and I a life changing year. New home, new jobs, new city, new country, new friends, new goals, new challenges, new climate ... It seems like today there isn't much left from a year ago.

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One of the change was the climate and on this one there is "no acclimation" time needed, we got along with it pretty quickly. It is nice to be able to pool side lounge on the last day of the year.

Honestly I hope the year to come will keep on being as productive as it has been for us, but I am also looking forward a quiet and boring life in California for Alek and I :-) The Jake Gyllenhaal and Reese Whiterspoon's kind Well maybe not that boring ;-)

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SUN-DAY WITH LES AMIS IN SANTA MONICA

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Today temperatures finally went up in southern California (listen to me, I am talking like it is supposed to be hot, the last week of December) believe me you get used to the good weather way too fast!

Yes, it was a nice sunny sunday, so we though a day at the beach would be fun especially since Geraldine and Jerome, two friends from Paris, are staying in town for a week.

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Renting and riding a bike around for a couple of hours is something we love to do once in a while. When you live in the hills sometimes you don't even realize there is a beach this close. Trust me sometimes we are by the pool and if it is a clear day I will say "OMG look, we can see the Ocean!!!!" like it was just brought there the night before.

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On our way back home we drove by the Greystone Mansion in Beverly Hills, and you will not believe what happened to us ... while waiting at a stop (yes I do not do the Californian roll, I make a solid stop, I count ... one .... two ... three .... then I look and then I drive ;-) Ok this is not exactly what I do, but I am training for my driving license test right now :-)

So while at the stop I had to wait for a coyote to make his mind about where he will be heading for his dinner. We see them quite often in the hills looking for a chihuahua or two, and usually I don't have enough time to take my camera out, switch it on and take a proper picture! Well it looks like this time wasn't that time again, but hey better than nothing right. Somehow I have much better reflexes when it comes to take photos of guys shirtless!

And I swear the one we saw today was looking just as scary as the one I have used to illustrate my coyote shot ;-)

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I can't believe it's going to be 2009 next weekend already. Oh! this reminds me that I have to get a mistletoe for the midnight kiss and some lentils ... well, where I grew up my grandmother always told me that the first meal of the new year should be lentils (probably because at that time that's the only thing they had) but it is suppose to bring you money for the new year. You know it's one of those things you know may not work but if you don't do it you know it will work the other way around ;-)

OHLALA I HAVE JUST MET DAVID BECKHAM
AT STAPLES ... WELL KIND OF!

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I can't really ever take a break from David Beckham, even when I go to get some ink for my printer at Staples, bam! There he is ... Promoting Sharpie !!!! I know my life in LA is crazy, meeting all those famous people and all ;-) Ok, I admit, it was not a real size life cardboard of David so it does not really count ...

But if you really want to meet David Beckham in Los Angeles you can click here. There's also a short video of David.

Before you go and do your saturday night thing, you have to check out our famous David Beckham category.

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You may remember the commercial he recently did for Sharpie, click here or on the image below to see the video.

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AT STAPLES ... WELL KIND OF!" »

SALADES DE PROVENCE ON RODEO DRIVE

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It's not the summer over here, but still it is way much better than the rest of the country. So in order to enjoy those precious rays of sun we had lunch in Beverly Hills on Rodeo Drive, I know food is not exactly what comes to mind when you think Rodeo Drive, but there is a great restaurant that you may miss if you are licking the windows ... Salades de Provence is located on top of Ralph Lauren and Armani store, right on the terrace of the prestigious Frédéric Fekkai Salon hair.

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Fekkai approached the chef of Salades de Provence about becoming his in-house restaurant after sampling the food from the West Hollywood original. It is outside which we love, and kind of secluded which we love even more!

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If it was not for the giant toys and the Baccarat chandeliers it would be hard to tell it is christmas.

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Chanel is one of our favorite shop (to look at ...) not sure that "Parisienne" look would work for us! But we love the architecture, simple, always the best and the windows are always tres glamourous.

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Want to see more photos from Los Angeles!? It's HERE and HERE!

AN EARLY CHRISTMAS EVE IN LOS ANGELES

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Since most of the people we know will be out of town for the holidays, Le Gangtm have decided to get together for an early Christmas dinner.

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It was a fun evening, and the outdoor fire kept us warm on this relatively cold Californian night. I know it is nothing comparing to the rest of the country where people have to deal with snow, blizzard and chilly temperatures.

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So travel safe everyone and have a great holiday :-)

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SUNDAY BRUNCH AT WISTERIA LANE ;-)

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This morning Alek and I traveled to the beautiful Grate Eagle State about 10 minutes drive from our home aka Desperate Housewives backlot at Universal Studios.

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I am such a fan of the show that going on Wisteria Lane actually feels so real. Even the fake wisterias on Lynette Scavo's house do ;-) And the desperate housewives really have their own real fake parking spot ... you can't get more 'real fake' than that !!!

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The first picture is Susan's house, the green house is the Scavo's, and below Gabrielle's home.

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If you love the show you have to check out our Desperate Housewives category. I will never be thankful enough to Marc Cherry for bringing such a great show on television.

A couple of weeks ago the show got reelected for another term. Four more years! Although the deal isn't sealed yet Marc Cherry is supposedly in talks to extend the series for four more seasons beyond this May, taking it through the end of the 2012-2013 season.

On other desperate news, although Gale Harold is expected to make a full recovery following his motorcycle accident two months ago, it isn't clear yet whether the actor will return to Desperate Housewives :-(

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