The family at Las Brisas and on the Laguna cliffs
Tyler holds a live clam
A "PIRATE" ship in Redondo.... And FINALLY... Giorgia sees "The Bait Shop" from the TV series... "The O.C."
If you've been reading my blog, you know that my in-laws from Italy have been visiting for almost a month now.
We've gone to many, many beautiful spots across the United States and I've loved showing off the variety and glory of my country. However, Giorgia, my 16-year-old niece had not yet achieved her dream. She's a fan of the FOX show, "The O.C." She knows all the characters, their lives and their hang-outs. What SHE wanted to see was not Yellowstone, or The Grand Canyon, or the Arches National Park. Even Las Vegas paled compared to seeing where the O.C. was filmed.
Unfortunately for her, neither my husband nor I had ever watched the show. But while she was here, we set out on our quest... which we thought would be easy. We went to Newport, of course actually IN the O.C. We stopped at Newport Pier, Balboa Island and Laguna. All beautiful places and well worth the visit, but NOT A FAMILIAR place was to be seen! We did see some great scenery and at a wonderful meal at Las Brisas in Laguna Beach, but the quest was not finished.
Someone told us that the TV program was filmed in Venice. Okay... (mind you she remained unconvinced when we attempted to tell her that the movie/TV industry often creates sets for these shows)... She had SEEN the actors move indoors and outdoors in the O.C. through seamless doors and action shots ... It was all real to her.
Well after traveling to Santa Monica Pier and Venice, she was again disappointed. Finally we decided to Google the darn thing. Guess what!!?? The O.C. was filmed in Redondo!
On our last day we drove to Redondo... We had another great time and (thankfully) Giorgia found "The Bait Shop" where all her heroes and heroines hung out. She actually recognized the area! She was happy.
Ahhhhh the magic of Hollywood, TV and youth!!
Today, I'm sad because the family left to return to Bella Italia. I will miss them all.