It’s the second largest city in the United States and home to nearly twenty million people. Being in the forefront of the world’s gossip and famous for stars, trends, and the entertainment industry, Los Angeles is where pop culture begins and ends in an endless parade of cultural oddities and travel adventures.
As a supersized metropolis, Los Angeles has something to see and do everywhere you look. For the space and science enthusiast, the city boasts the Griffith Observatory, which houses one of the finest planetariums in the world. For the food lover, Los Angeles is filled with the restaurants of famous chefs who regularly unveil their newest dishes, before they sweep across the rest of the country. For the shopper, LA is a playground of consumerism that can range from the priciest designer clothes along Rodeo, to the jeans and shirts made of hemp on Venice Beach. Los Angeles has something for everyone.
We decided to stay on Venice Beach and found a great place known as Su Casa, an apartment complex above the famous Fig Tree Cafe, which has incredible food. Su Casa has nice rooms that range from studios to sizeable two-bedrooms overlooking the beach and every morning a free made-to-order continental breakfast is delivered from the cafe to your room (www.sucasavenicebeach.com ).
Venice Beach has an eclectic and unique atmosphere and is a little more ‘rough around the edges’ compared to its trendy, upscale neighbor, Santa Monica. The beach and locals are a unique mix of people from around the world and everyone is out to have a good time. It’s easy to feel a smile creep across your face for no reason at all in this paradise by the ocean; most who walk the boardwalk have them. This could be simply from enjoying the sunshine or because they’ve recently visited one of the many local marijuana dispensaries that line the beach. Due to the legalization of medicinal pot in California, this has become a big business and Venice is one of its prime locations.
One morning as we walked along the boardwalk, a man dressed in old shorts and a weather-worn button-down shirt, turned to us after looking at the gorgeous view and said ‘Can you believe I live here?’ showing unique appreciation for his home town.
Right next to Venice is beautiful Santa Monica with its long boardwalk that links the two beaches. The journey along this paved walkway at sunset is one of the items that should be on everybody’s bucket list. As the sun gets lower on the horizon, waves of color paint across the sky and make for an inspirational view. One should not forget that some of these pinks and greens are caused by LA’s infamous smog. As the brilliant display is happening, the long-time carnival rides that take up most of the Santa Monica Pier twinkle in the twilight and lead up to the exciting city with its long pedestrian mall filled with people, musicians, shops and restaurants.