It's only been a few days since my return home, but I absolutely miss every minute of our time in L.A. I just can't get over how refreshingly different each area is! A twenty minute drive could mean surfing on a nearby beach or shopping on one of the most glamorous streets in the world. It's really quite impressive...
Our first stop – Santa Monica! After heading to Enterprise with the intention of renting a compact car, but then leaving with a convertible after scoring a great deal, our trip was off to a really great start! Santa Monica is so laid-back, with the perfect beach-town vibe... a great place to start exploring all kinds of little shops and cafés. A walk along the beach was a welcoming breath of fresh air, as we made our way down to the Santa Monica Pier. We of course had to take a ride on the practically famous, brightly-coloured ferris wheel, where we had the pleasure of taking in the most amazing view.
Headed to Malibu the next day, enjoying a breezy drive down the Pacific Coast highway! With the ocean on your left and the incredible landscape on your right, it's almost impossible to let the traffic bother you (at least for us tourists, with all the time in the world). We first made our way up to The Getty Villa – the most incredible coastal property formerly owned by J. Paul Getty, and modelled after a first-century Roman country house, the Villa dei Papiri in Herculaneum, Italy. The architecture was just gorgeous. It's something that's so hard to capture on film, as any photo just doesn't do the place justice! So many beautiful interiors, fountains, pools, and the prettiest little herb garden just out back. I'm so glad we took the time to see such an amazing work of art.
Back down the hill again, we headed to Surfrider beach in Malibu. Two o'clock on a Wednesday afternoon and the ocean is filled with surfers happily awaiting the next wave. I can't help but wonder if anyone really works during the daytime, lol... what a lovely life to lead, no? I ended up with quite the collection of pretty stones and shells from the beach too. I love just walking up and down the water's edge, in search of a great find. Found even more great finds at the Third Street Promenade though, where we literally shopped till the sun went down... always a fun adventure!
The next day we headed to Venice beach, only to come across some of the most interesting groups of people... surfers, skaters, artists, rockers and beach bums, it was such a delight to come across so many artsy little corners, and quite hilarious to overhear conversations such as, "Oh yeah! That's the girl who painted all the trashcans on a crystal-meth binge!", oh dear... lol. Almost walked through a taping of NCIS L.A. as well, only to be ushered up onto the nearest hill. It was fun to watch for a little while though as they perfected each scene – cameras, mic's, and wires in tow!
I really enjoyed our time on the coast... there's nothing like the sound of crashing waves and that lovely ocean breeze on your skin. We spent a lot of time in and out of cute little shops on the main street... my favourite being an eco-shop called The Green Life, where I picked up that Russell + Hazel blue binder I had posted about (here) before, and a few light, cotton produce bags. No more plastic for me! I had the best veggie burger of my life from Perry's Cafe on the beach – might not be so amazing to the locals, but it was absolutely my favourite! All and all our time here was well-spent, and i'd love to go back again... there's so much more to see! But next up for us, was the glitz and glam of Beverly Hills...
Stay tuned for more!
*Update: Almost forgot... in Venice we decided to take part in a practically 1 million dollar condo open house, where we pretended to be wealthy graphic designers in the market for a live/work studio space. With questions like "How many parking spots does this come with?" and "Can you knock out this wall for me?" I think he actually believed us! Luckily we were able to wait till we were outside, before bursting into laughter... pretty fun though!
Photos: 1 - 4 Santa Monica, 5 - 10 The Getty Villa in Malibu, 11 - 14 Surfrider beach in Malibu, 15 - 17 Venice, 18 - a gift for someone special between Venice and Santa Monica - wish I had been there to see the expression on their face! All photos taken by myself.