When I look back at these pictures I can almost feel the sun in my face and smell the salty air at the beach again. LA is such a colorful and photogenic place that I’m happy I captured a few moments to share with you guys. I was lucky enough to be taken around by locals so I didn’t have to turn to the internet, but in case you do want a few tips from the internet, you’re at the right place.
I’d highly recommend spending some time at Abbot Kinney. My impression was that it’s a fashionable street filled with cute café’s, coffee shops, and lifestyle stores. It’s a place where you want to be seen and are encouraged to look your best. I recognized a bunch of the stores from Instagram because I love scrolling through other blogger’s pictures.
LA local, Sofia Sisniega, dragged us to restaurant Gjusta, Just off of Abbot Kinney. She raved about the place and after having been there I understand why. The atmosphere is European casual and the food is fresh and addictive. We were lucky enough to find a seat outside but inside there was a huge line and you even had to pick a number and wait for your turn. It’s like standing in line at a movie premiere. Speaking of movies, after we sat down and started eating, none other than Jake Gyllenhaal and Peter Sarsgaard sat down at the table next to us. I’m usually not shy about taking pictures for my blog in public places but because I didn’t want them to think I was taking pictures of them, I refrained from taking pictures at all. It’s weird to see how the atmosphere changes when celebrities walk in. Everyone wants to act normal, and upon acting normal act completely unnatural. All in all, a wonderful restaurant and I guess a great place for spotting celebs.
After we filled our bellies and were tired of staring at Jake and Peter we got up and wandered through Venice Beach. We considered renting bicycles but decided against it, as it was already late afternoon. We did, however, feel spontaneous and went to the Venice Beach Freakshow on the boardwalk. I took some pictures but they could be considered shocking so I decided not to post them. Let me know in the comments below if you think I should post them anyway.
Afterwards, we went to the Venice Canals and those were simply stunning. Growing up in Amsterdam I am no stranger to canals but these still took my breath away and therefore we obviously had to stop for pictures. A million pictures later we were all thirsty and we stopped at a place called Lemonade, and had – lemonade, no surprises there. I’m usually not a big fan of lemonades but even I have to admit that these were pretty good.
If you’re not a fan of walking like I am, LA is also a great place to explore by car. I really wanted to see Rodeo Drive but since I was on a time constraint we ended up driving through it. Which, if you’re feeling lazy, is definitely the way to see LA. Besides, being lazy is totally justified when you’re on holiday. In that same area we stopped at an organic juice place called Kreation, which is a total hotspots for health-freaks and gymrats.
Another recommendation would be to drive through Beverly Hills and Bel-Air. I love seeing huge mansions and imagining what kinds of people live there. It’s also great inspiration to work hard, and perhaps, someday, be able to afford a mansion too. One can always dream, right? Also, I’m a little embarrassed to admit this and I probably shouldn’t share this on the Internet, but of course I will. We might have looked up Ellen DeGeneres’s address and done a drive by. Just as we did, her gates opened and whoever came out totally caught us red-handed. So awkward! I can only imagine how annoying it must be for her to constantly be stalked by fans. Needless to say, I’m a little embarrassed and if I ever get to talk to her I’ll make sure to apologize.
Finally, a trip to LA is not complete without a visit to The Grove. The Grove is an outdoor mall with lots of clothing stores and restaurants. We actually ended up spending most of our time at Barnes and Nobles and I picked up a great book by Lisa See (Shanghai Girls) that I’ve already finished as well as the sequel. What can I say? When I love a book I can’t put it down. Another part of The Grove I enjoyed was the Farmer’s Market. I had never tried a caramel apple before and it was so good that I can’t believe I’ve missed out all these years. I might have to try and make my own. If you have a recipe or know of a good place where I can get caramel apples in NYC let me know in the comments below.