Los Angeles Part 1
Last week I took a trip to see and study the architecture of Los Angeles, California. I was so excited to have to opportunity to explore a new city and discover all it has to offer! I want to start by saying that the weather while we were there was amazing! We had blue skies and sunshine every day and even better no humidity! Our trip involved traveling all around the Los Angeles area, but our home base was Venice Beach. We arrived around 3 o'clock and decided to freshen up and explore the area where we were staying.
Venice Beach is an interesting place. When trying to find a place, most of the descriptions of the area were the it was "weird" and well, that description is pretty accurate. Everyone we met was super nice and the beaches were absolutely beautiful, but you did see some just weird things, for example a man just cruising down the boardwalk on his bike with a boa constrictor around his neck. Not really something you see everyday. We stayed a hotel right on the boardwalk which had its ups and downs. The people who ran the hotel were amazing and the room was exactly what we needed, but staying right on the boardwalk meant it got pretty loud at night and the area was always crowded. The view of the sunset from our room and roof top deck made it all worth it.
We strolled along the boardwalk to see what it had to offer and were initially drawn to the skate park. Tons of people would surround and watch the skateboarders for hours. We also saw muscle beach which was quite funny. I always imagined it to be this place on the beach with just a bunch of bars that people hang from and do pull ups, but its actually real gym equipment, just outside! Then we walked along the cheesy tourist shops that line the boardwalk but add to the charm of Venice Beach. We hung out for a bit and watched the sunset before heading to dinner.
After exploring, we had worked up quite an appetite and ventured to dinner. We went to this little restaurant a few blocks from our hotel called Tocaya. It was an organic Mexican restaurant that a was adorably decorated and the food wows even better! My friend Kerianne and I both ordered the fajita bowls and devoured the entire thing. I had the watermelon lemonade which was seriously the best lemonade I have ever had. I would definitely recommend eating here if you are in the Venice Beach area and there are also some other locations around Los Angeles.
On our first full day, we decided to go to downtown. Our first stop was the Walt Disney Concert Hall by architect Frank Gehry. But before heading there we stopped for some coffee and breakfast. We initially went to Minotti's Cafe. We got really delicious coffee here, but they didn't have a large selection for breakfast so we walked around the corner to Eggslut. An interesting name I know, but the breakfast sandwiches did not disappoint! If you stop by this iconic breakfast place make sure to get there early because a line will definitely run out the door!
We were so excited to visit the concert hall because it is such a famous building and has so much history to it. From the outside, it has a very cold metal face with curving plates the create the facade. The inside completely contradicts the feeling you get on the outside. It is warm with wood detailing and makes you feel as if you are in a forest. We spent a long time there exploring the building and the property.
Later in the day, we walked over to the art district to have lunch and visit SCI-ARC (Southern California Institute of Architecture). The art district was a really cool area where the sidewalks were painted and there were beautiful murals everywhere. We weren't super hungry so we just stopped at Amazebowls for some acai bowls and then walked around the area and in some shops before touring SCI-ARC.
Look 3: Anthropologie Blouse, J.Crew Jeans, Burberry Sunglasses (Old)
At the end of the day, we decided to get dressed up and go to the Santa Monica Pier. It is about a 40-minute walk from our hotel in Venice Beach which we wouldn't mind doing while it was still light out, but we were quite comfortable walking home that far. The pier was packed with people! People taking pictures, playing games, riding the Ferris wheel, playing music and just strolling along. We stayed here, basically just people watching and watching the sunset. The sunsets were amazing every night. They were so colorful and the perfect way to end the night. We made sure to watch them from start to finish every night!
After watching the sunset we walked to dinner in Santa Monica. There are so many good options for dinning there you really can't go wrong with any! Stay tuned for Part 2 coming on Thursday!