I’ve been to LA a number of times, but it was only recently DTLA (Downtown LA) caught my attention. Even though Downtown hotels are usually both nice and affordable, the Downtown area has struggled with a reputation of being less safe than West Hollywood, Hollywood and Beverly Hills, which are usually among my favorite picks.
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Santa Monica Beach and Venice Beach are probably the most famous beaches in Los Angeles, and if it’s your first time in the city, you should definitely go there. Though after snapping the mandatory pictures of The Pier, The Freaks and The Muscles, head a little further down south to Manhattan Beach for a much nicer and more chill experience.
I used to carry my passport with me at all times while traveling, but then a friend from the Danish consulate in Dubai told me, it was a really bad idea, as a Danish passport is worth a lot on the black market and thus very popular objects for pickpockets.
What I really like about LA are all the different ethnic neighborhoods. Some might say it’s just a case of integration gone wrong with people just sticking to themselves, but I love this cultural mosaic and the opportunities that come with it, especially food-wise.
Saturday morning I went to Silver Lake for a run around the Silver Lake Reservoir, but on my way I changed my mind and decided to go for a walk instead. From what I had read online, the area around Silver Lake Reservoir is supposed to be this gorgeous green haven, so I couldn’t help feeling a little disappointed, when I arrived.
After arriving in Los Angeles, my first stop was at Gjelina Take Away down on Abbot Kinney Blvd in Venice. I love that place, and I wanted one of their pizzas to be the first thing, I ate in LA.
Yesterday, I left New York City with a heavy heart. I’ve had such a good time there, and I really didn’t want to leave. Visiting Los Angeles for a week all by myself, sounded like an excellent idea during the planning phase, but when I boarded the Delta-flight to LAX, I just felt meh. All my previous trips to LA have been with friends so dealing with this city all by myself is completely new to me and rather scary.
One of the last days in Los Angeles, I decided to go on a mini-roadtrip to meet Susie from Relentless Writings. We’ve known each other online for years. In fact we date back so long that none of us remember our first online encounter.
One of the stranger experiences, I’ve had in Los Angeles, was back in 2008. We were doing an aerobatics course in Livermore, and when the course was done, my friend Mike and I went on a road trip to Los Angeles, where we visited Universal Studios.
Do you remember Beverly Hills 90210? The original one starring Jason Priestley and Shannen Doherty? I do, and yes, it makes me feel old:)
When I was in Los Angeles with Trine in 2010, we went to ArcLight Cinemas on Sunset Blvd one night to watch Sex and the City 2. At the entrance a large crowd of dressed-up teenage girls was blocking the way while security staff struggled to keep the pavement clear.We asked for the reason for all the fuss, and an overexcited girl explained/screamed to us that the new True Blood vampire was expected to appear within a very short time.
Along the stretch of coastline between Los Angeles and San Diego, you pass one picturesque small city after another, and most of them are so similar that I wouldn’t be able to tell them apart, if it wasn’t because I had been taking pictures of all the restaurants and the meals we had along the way.
The first couple of days in Los Angeles, we stayed at The Standard on Sunset Blvd. I had really been looking forward to stay at The Standard, as this is where the girls from SATC check in, when they visit LA in season 3. I think my reasoning was that if the hotel were good enough for Carrie B, it would definitely be good enough for me, so even though the online reviews I could find were a bit so-so, my expectations were still sky high.
Besides being the home of a large fraction of California’s reality stars, Laguna Beach is a very popular seaside city with a wonderful beach and a cool, laid-back atmosphere.
AC and I enjoyed our last days in the Californian sun. We visited most of the beaches in LA and also a couple of the beaches south of the city. Our favorite stretch of sand was Newport Beach, as it is less touristy and thus less crowded than the LA beaches.
Balboa Island consists of 3 small, man-made islands attached to Newport Beach by a bridge. The streets are narrow, and the houses are tiny but beautiful. The whole environment just screams creativity and inner peace in a way that makes you want to write a poem, do a painting or take a picture:)
When it comes to Sunday brunch in LA, nothing beats The Ivy on Robertson Blvd. We were lucky and got one of the most-wanted tables on the outside patio, so we could enjoy our food while doing some serious people watching in the sun.
On our last weekend in LA, we wanted to spoil ourselves, so we booked a room at amazing Mondrian on Sunset Boulevard.
Mondrian is really chic and stylish, and all those beautiful people in beautiful surroundings made AC and I feel slightly underdressed and flat-haired, as we stepped out of our red Jeep and into the sleek hotel lobby yesterday.
One of the nicest places for shopping in LA is The Grove/Farmers Market. The Grove is an outdoor shopping mall, with a layout that resembles a small village. The stores are similar to those you usually find in traditional shopping malls, but it’s so much nicer to be able to walk around outside in the sun instead of being cooked alive under a hot glass roof.
Cheesecake Factory is one of those places that never lets you down and even though some might say that Cheesecake Factory just another chain restaurant without a soul, to me Cheesecake Factory is the essence of much of what I love about USA.