Los Angeles – The Global city of the city of Angels
Los Angeles: relax, beach life and ideal climate
Ihad no great expectations from Los Angeles, because some friends who were there told me it wasn’t worth a visit : “there is nothing to see, too much mess, you can just skip it ..”
We enjoyed it so much instead !
In fact you will not find the usual beauty that Europeans expect to find in a city but you breathe an air of complete relaxation: the beach life, the perfect climate, the endless beaches, the ocean sunset, the palm trees , the restaurants and shops make Los Angeles a fantastic destination !
We stayed in an Airbnb, perfectly run by Michel and Vincent in Firefox near West Hollywood.
We had a great time! The area is very nice, quiet and close to The Groove, an outdoor mall which is the temple for those who love shopping and the Farmers market, where you can find countless stalls with local products and all kinds of street food , from Italian to Japanese from Brazilian to the typical food of New Orleans.
Still on the subject of food… we have been twice very satisfied customers at the Cheesecake Factory: despite its name, you can eat not only excellent sweets but also other delicious dishes including burgers, sandwiches of all kinds, tasty salads, meat dishes and fish. Everything at affordable prices.
Santa Monica and Venice Beach are exactly what you expect from the typical California beach that you see on TV: the long expanse of sand, lifeguards in red uniforms , young men and women who show off while exercising at the Muscle Beach. Rent a bike and take the bike path that connects Santa Monica to Venice Beach with palm trees to act as a side dish.
Take a picture of the sign marking the end of Route 66 which stands on Santa Monica pier : it makes you think about the length of the mythical road which starts in Chicago. Walking in Rodeo Drive made me feel like performing on Pretty Woman set! Unfortunately I didn’t have so much money to spend in the shops!:-(
The view of the city from the Griffith Observatory is unmatched. I recommend you go at sunset and stay until the complete setting of the sun so that you can enjoy all the color changes of the sky and the boundless expanse of lights that slowly light up on the arrival of the evening. Consider a 20 minute walk because you can’t easily find a parking space near the observatory. (I am referring to the weekend when we were there, I do not know whether it is the same on weekdays)
In this case we used a rental car because we came from the tour in the national parks. It is very easy to drive to LA, we had no problems, but as I said the parking spaces are not so easy to find and timing park ticket lasts only 1 or 2 hours.
What would you like to do in Los Angeles? If you’ve spent time there, what are your suggestions?
June 18, 2017