I told you guys I’d make my way to Los Angeles one way or another!! And what did I get in return? Cold weather!! I didn’t have the opportunity to experience Los Angeles’ warm weather because a cold front decided that it wanted to sweep across the west in an attempt to ruin my vacation!! Its attempts were futile, and I enjoyed myself nonetheless.
During my stay, my crew and I visited Hollywood, Santa Monica, and Venice. We purchased a ticket for the hop on/hop off bus which transported us to each of these locations. These tour buses stopped running early so we used Uber at night which is a very inexpensive mode of transportation. In Hollywood, we visited the walk of fame, the Chinese Theater, and observed the hollywood sign. Because the trip fell on Halloween weekend, there were a lot of Dia de Los Muertos events taking place. With the use of face paint, our faces were transformed into sugar skulls, and we headed to West Hollywood to enjoy the festivities and parade. The parade was probably the highlight of my trip. LGBTQ community + Halloween + costumes = a good time!!
The remaining days, we ventured off to Santa Monica and Venice. They were both everything I imagined plus more. There was a mini theme park on the Santa Monica Pier that consisted of rollercoaster rides, a ferris wheel, and restaurants. The view from the pier was picturesque with the mountains overlooking the ocean. Now, we could not visit Venice and not stroll along the boardwalk. Venice was an art lover’s paradise. Murals decorated the walls, pop-up art galleries lined the boardwalk, vendors, performers… We even witnessed a man walking on broken glass. Yikes! For those of you that have a medical marijuana rx, you can get that on the boardwalk as well. Venice’s boardwalk caters to everybody’s interests.
After a day of excitement, I rested my head at the JW Marriott LA Live. It was centrally located and was within walking distance to everything, including the Staples Center. If you have time, check out the Staples Center. Outside you will find statues of sports greats, such as Magic Johnson and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.
Also within walking distance, I’m talking two blocks, is the Original Pantry Café. You know the food has to be delicious here if the line was outside. This family restaurant prides itself on being open since 1924, and I can understand why!! I definitely recommend stopping here for a bite to eat. Did I miss anything? What would recommendations do you have for someone visiting Los Angeles?