A few weeks ago we were lucky enough to escape the chilly UK and head over the pond to Los Angeles for a week. The main reason for the trip was to surprise one of our closest friends. He lives in Melbourne and was heading to Aspen and LA for a birthday trip. We had it all planned with his wife that we would be hiding in LA to surprise them and then spend three fun-filled days and nights together. We were so excited/terrified that we would do something to ruin the surprise – with social media it would be so easy to slip up! We landed in California and snuck down to Malibu to spend a quiet 24 hours before they arrived. I was given a social media ban, which was hard to stick to as I had so many lovely photos I was longing to share in Instagram!
Typically (I suffer terribly with jetlag) I woke at silly o’clock raring to go. I stayed in bed reading quietly and replying to a few emails until P woke up. At 7am sharp we were waiting to be seated at the famous and beautiful Malibu Farm.
It was amazing to be there so early – we watched the sun rise and it was SO beautiful and bright, just what we needed after a cold, grey London. There was no one there except for us and the birds. We eventually managed to track down a waiter (I’m not sure they are used to such early risers) and ordered ravenously from the menu, coffees, juices and two very large, but very delicious breakfast sandwiches. Just what my rumbling tummy needed. I don’t know about you, but do you find that jet-lag makes you crazily hungry?
After exploring the pier we heading to the equally famous Zuma beach, which as lovely and wild and perfect for surfing. Speaking of surfing, we then headed back to Malibu beach, to the famous Point Break spot for sunset – I haven’t seen that film in years, but it all flooded back when seeing all the surfers in action there.
Our plan for the evening had been to go to treat ourselves and go to Nobu for supper, but we were both a little too exhausted and ended up having room service back at the hotel. We watched the sunset from the hotel terrace with a glass of wine and then headed for an early night, saving our energy for the rest of the trip!
Photography by Patrick Butler-Madden