Hoped off the plane at lax!
“IF YOU THINK ADVENTURE IS DANGEROUS, TRY ROUTINE, IT'S LETHAL”- Paul Coelho
This last year I made a pact to myself that I would try new experiences, cultures, and travel to places that I have always dreamed of going. Money can be a barrier to hold someone back. We always feel like we cannot travel because we can't afford a plane ticket, or a hotel, or a way to enjoy ourselves. There's always some type of excuse not to go. However, I am here to tell you all that with a little budgeting, faith, and persistence traveling doesn't have to be as hard as you believe it is. LA has been calling my name for quite a while now, and, I am so blessed that I finally was able to go.
Now, the back story on why I love LA so much. As a little girl, I always knew I wanted to be in showbiz. I would watch so many Disney movies and recite the lines perfectly. I would come up with different characters and recite them all to my mother and she noticed that acting soon became my passion. Therefore, she enrolled me in acting lessons and I began to do theatrical productions and commercials. To me, Los Angeles was the place to be. It's the epitome of where all great things happen for the talented. It's where the stars are. So, being able to finally go was fufilling a lifetime wish.
This blog post is dedicated to people who are looking to visit within a small amount of time. I am going to list all the fun places we got to go along with some of the hotels we stayed in so you can feel like you can travel and not break the bank.
We arrived in the afternoon in Los Angeles on a Saturday. We took United, a early flight from Chicago, but we landed in LA around 1:30. I suggest doing this because it comes out to be a bit cheaper, and you get to sleep on the plane, and enjoy yourself for the rest of the day. We stayed at a hotel close to the airport. We choose to do so because the farther you get to the heart of downtown the more expensive. Although we were about an hour from downtown, it was worth it to get a hotel that was clean, nice, and comfortable. Luckily, we were about a 15-20 minute drive from Venice Beach. Word of wisdom if you are planning to go to LA make sure to rent a car. They don't have a great public transportation system, and ubers and lyfts (which we took until we rented a car) can be extremely pricey.
We ended up meeting some fun people in our shared uber. It's nice to see how many people travel or move here for their dreams. It's a city built off dreams, wonder, and the love for creative things. I felt so at home here. Venice beach was so beautiful. Being immersed in such a carefree place was so beautiful. My husband and I walked along the pier and saw the surfers riding the waves it was so calming. As you walk along the path you can find a lot of shops and restaurants. Soon, if you walk far enough, it can also turn into a selling ground. We had one gentleman hand us his supposed "CD" for free but soon after he continued to pester us for donations. We had to firmly tell him we were not interested, looks like we had already fallen into a tourist trap. Just be careful and aware of your surroundings.
After walking around for a bit we found a beautiful restaurant for dinner. Our dinner at the Siamese Gardern was amazing. Not only were the wait staff super friendly, but, the food was perfection. The scenery was beautiful too you feel like you are setting in a beautiful garden with the distant waves from the beach as your music. The food was delicious and perfect for sharing. My husband was so excited because they had fresh coconut they he ordered. Overall, it was such an amazing experience I recommend checking this place out if you end up close to Venice Beach.
On the second day we decided to venture farther downtown close to Hollywood Blvd. I got to see the Hollywood Walk of Fame. There is something so unreal about walking in the footsteps of people that I look up to. Words cannot describe how breath-taken I was to be able to witness this. I think my husband and I walked for hours simply in awe of the culture beneath us. I even got to witness the Hollywood sign which was amazing in itself.
That took most of the day and I was so thrilled for dinner because I had snagged us reservations for Catch LA. Now, if you are looking for beautiful views, amazing decor, and a fancier menu, I suggest you try this place. Beautiful is an understatement as you walk into this garden of gorgeous flowers. This restaurant has stunning views of the city. I simply didn't want to leave when I was there. I have to admit the prices are a bit on the higher side but it is so worth the experience.
My husband had to travel to Whittier for work so we ended up getting a car and driving an hour or so towards there. However, a friend who used to live there suggested we all try Wurstkuche. This cute hole in the wall hot-dog place was amazing. They serve great polishes, hot-dogs, and beer but the flavors are mouth-watering. If you're into exotic foods I would say this is the place for you, they have a rattlesnake sausage!
Afterwards, we drove towards Whittier checked into our hotel and walked around that area. It's not as crazy booming as West Hollywood. It definitely has more of a suburb feel.
After walking around for a bit we ended up going to a nice restaurant called the Commoner. They had a nice selection of craft beers, good tacos, and just an overall nice menu. I am obsessed with Lobster so I had to of course get their lobster mac and cheese.
Sadly, this was my last day in LA and it was so hard for me to say good-bye. I ended with having some In-N-Out and headed to the airport for my flight home. It was such a beautiful four days and I wouldn't trade those memories for the world.
If you are looking to travel to Los Angeles I hope this itinerary will help you deciding on where to go. Remember, traveling is such a beautiful thing don't deprive yourself of the experiences. Happy Monday love bugs thanks so much for reading!
Until next time,