Our time in Los Angeles felt like a blur. From a road trip that seemed to stretch on forever, with electric days spent town hopping to a 4 day stint of staying in a single city. Somehow, the latter went faster than the former. I had so many expectations of LA. It being one city that holds a reputation like no other in the world. Though, the second we arrived in Los Angeles, I knew that 4 days wasn’t going to be enough to truly figure out my thoughts on the place. You can catch up on our road trip here.
We were graced with the most beautiful weather in the city. Long, sun-soaked days spent exploring the surroundings nooks greeted us. And temperatures that didn’t stretch too high into the twenties so that I could continue my routine of sweaters and shorts (which I’m not saying was the best idea ever).
Originally, we had booked an AirBnb in the centre of downtown Los Angeles. And let me just say, I am so glad that they cancelled. If that hadn’t happened, we would’ve ended up with a completely different viewpoint of the city. Instead, we booked ourselves a house in Glendale and I fell head over heels for our new digs. We stayed in a little bungalow, with a private gated entrance and the cutest decor. We had an outdoor patio that we’d spend a hazy breakfast playing that day’s itinerary at. It felt like the safest spot in the world, and I hand on heart didn’t want to leave.
The Airbnb had access to all the best restaurants on Postmates (aka my new favourite thing – the closest thing we have in The UK is Deliveroo or JustEat) and was only a 10 minute walk from the Glendale Galleria. We didn’t even know what the Galleria was before we visited, it was just the best coincidence. Suffice to say, a lot of time was spent there spending money and wandering around Target.
Scott and I couldn’t stop ourselves from ordering Shake Shack, Blaze Pizza, Indian food and Cheesecake Factory. While Kim and Clare fell back on their love of seafood to order sushi and a variety of lobster rolls across the different nights.
The thing that I loved most about Glendale was that it felt intimate: a little neighbourhood in the middle of everywhere that you could explore the nook and crannies of. Whilst Los Angeles felt the opposite – almost overwhelming. With everybody rushing around to get their business done. I find that I have a weird emotional mix between thriving and hating the “always on” attitude. It can become tedious so quickly, and when you’re surrounded by so many people rushing around, it can feel isolating. Being among a sea of people who don’t even notice one another.
That said, the days we spent exploring the city were fantastic. From the Griffith Observatory to Downtown. Hollywood to Beverly Hills. Mixing smoggy mornings with blistering afternoons. I am besotted with the endless summer that Los Angeles gets.
Coming from England, where it rains almost weekly, to somewhere where it seldom rains yearly sounds like bliss.
One thing I regret about Los Angeles is that I didn’t pick up my camera a whole lot during our time there. Coming off the back of an intense road trip, I found myself sliding through each day forgetting to reach for my GH5 to capture our memories with.
Days spent running around exploring, to hopping on tour buses and learning about the various neighbourhoods. Also a whole lot of sitting in traffic.
Leaving the city, I’d love to return. Everything about it was magical.
There’s something in the air. Hopefully one day soon our paths will cross again and I’ll return to Los Angeles. But until then, I’ll have this road trip to look back on with love.
Following Los Angeles, we drove out through i15 to Las Vegas, Nevada where we spent a following 3 days. Our time in the desert was amazing. The temperature sky rocketed, and we spent our days there exploring shops and boutiques. With our evenings indulging in all the food we could find and stopping by multiple casinos. I gambled at Caesars Palace and was reunited with my beloved Chili’s cajun pasta, all in one night. It was the best.
For more posts from my California adventure, you can read about My Day at Disneyland California Adventure.
Have you visited Los Angeles? What did you think?
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