Day Trip to Los Angeles PART I: Beach Feelings & Window Shopping
When on North American ground and staying there for 3 weeks, it is only natural that you don’t spend all your time in oWhen on North American ground and staying there for 3 weeks, it is only natural that you don’t spend all your time in one city.
Sure, there is sheer endless ground to cover, let alone in Southern California, which makes it hard to even decide where to start. ne city. Sure, there is sheer endless ground to cover, let alone in Southern California, which makes it hard to even decide where to start. But, fair enough, for someone coming from Europe, setting foot on west coast ground for the very first time, Los Angeles is a pretty big bucket list item.
There certainly are nice areas, but once you’ve started to live in San Diego - guess I am biased now -, it’s difficult to really like LA. And yet, I understand that a first timer wants to see parts of this 18 mio. people metropolis. And heck, I am always down for a little road trip.
So, last Saturday, I embarked on the two hour drive up north from SD, together with my little brother, who has been stateside for one and a half weeks already. (…and it has been a blast.)
I simply love having him in town, especially after not having seen him for about 10 months. We used to be like cat and dog, but as we both grew older and more mature, we both came to a point where we appreciate having a brother - or sister, for that matter.
I have to work during the day, but then the time spent together in the evenings is even more precious. Plus, we will be heading to the desert in tonight, so for this I luckily got a day off. Long weekend ahead! But I am getting ahead of myself here.
And so we took off on Saturday morning, both enthusiastic, sunnies on, and music on full volume.
Along the way, you get your caffeine fix. Duh. The Coffee Bean is another popular coffee shop in Southern California, so this is where we stopped, shortly before we reached LA.
Nitro cold brew is the new thing; I stick to my latte - which I like a lat-te (ha.ha.).
Our first real stop around noon was Venice Beach. Naturally, I should almost say. This place just cracks me up every time (not so much the fact that we paid $18 for parking, but guess that’s another story).
Freddy got the full picture: all kinds of people, some of them you can’t even imagine existed, were doing their thing(s) on the promenade. It’s a very vibrant place. We sure had a good laugh or two. Of course, he needed wanted to see Muscle Beach - and ended up thinking the same as I did the first time I came here: This is it, a crappy outside gym with wanna-be posers? Well, he can at least say he’s been there.
The beach itself is pretty nice, though, so we walked along the water for a little bit, getting all the Cali feels. It’s a long, wide beach, which is allows for extensive walks. Love it.
A couple hours later, we hopped in the car and – headed towards Beverly Hills. Sure, one of the nicest areas (if not the nicest one?) in Los Angeles. Mansions, lush green yards, expensive cars, and clean streets - that’s Beverly Hills for you, essentially.
One thing I hadn’t seen yet myself was Rodeo Drive. Where the rich b*****s shop (excuse my language). It’s also quite touristy.
Rodeo Drive is home to luxury and expensive fashion. It’s only three blocks, but it might as well be one of the most expensive three blocks in the world…
…but there’s affordable ice-cream on the corner.
We couldn’t do much more than window shopping and people watching (the latter was the most fun part). But I have to admit that these flagship stores with three pieces of clothing on the hangers are not really appealing to me.
Nonetheless, it’s cool to have strolled up and down the street and to see what the fuss is all about - at least for some people.
And off we were to the next stop - my favorite in LA (you might have a guess?). But more about that soon.