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The beginning of the dream… Los Angeles…

California I’m coming!

 

I was expecting this day since August when I had booked my flight to Los Angeles and I started planning my vacation.
At first, I thought I’d spend all my time in the city of Angeles but, mysteriously, I decided to get to know this region more thoroughly because it fascinated me. I planned my travels well in advance, as I would recommend doing if you want to undertake a trip of discovery to California.
My flight departed at 12:50 pm from London Gatwick, headed to Los Angeles and I was scheduled to arrive at 5:10 pm local time.  Through the morning my morale was high, not knowing what to expect…
The airline choice I made was not the best, not just for the delay to depart but also for some other incidents during the flight.  I will not explain them as this time.  However, shortly after 6:00 pm I was at Los Angeles Airport…
Despite the vicious delay, customs at the airport, the rush to buy a local sim card and pick up the car reserved on the internet, at 9:30 pm we found ourselves in our quiet motel in the south of the city. It was located in the neighborhood of Inglewood and the most classic of American motels…
With a wake-up call, we started to discover this immense size of the city. By chance we found ourselves in a restaurant to have pancakes for breakfast…
Starting in Inglewood in the southwestern part of Los Angeles, we headed to the place where I dreamed of being for so many years: Santa Monica. It was love at first sight!  Though it will also seem to you to that you have been to these places because you have seen them on TV…
It was a beautiful day! At 10:00 am it was already over 20 °C (68 °C), so we decided to rent two bicycles and go to Venice Beach…

We were in places seen in movies, had dreamy weather, lunch in a place just in front of the beach (TripAdvisor), and were kissed by the sun. What an unbelievable day! We wanted to wait for the sunset, but because of daylight savings time (in the USA it happens the first week of November and not the last of October as in Europe) and what we had planned for the evening it was decided to limit our afternoon to a short hike to Manhattan Beach.
In the evening, at 6:00 pm we were already in downtown, in front of the Staples Center…

The game scheduled for that night was the Clippers against the Oklahoma City Thunder and Russell Westbrook. The emotions of being at Staples Center were intense and I was impressed…

The game was very addictive, point-to-point, and the Thunder won with a Westbrook basket in the final seconds, not even in my dreams would a game be so close…

Our first day in Los Angeles was great and ended around downtown…
On the second day, we booked a Los Angeles tour to visit the main attractions of this large city. This can be an advantage in some respects, but a disadvantage under others. Being so extensive, and having so many places of interest so far away from each other, it is virtually impossible to cover the city in a single day, unless you want to see many of its beauties from the window of a bus or with a short 10-minute stop. My advice is to take more than a few days to visit the L.A., dividing your landing stages. There are a lot of places to visit, starting with the famous Hollywood Boulevard that is a bit of the city’s heart…

 Here you will find the Walk of Fame and the Chinese Theater…

The chance to meet some famous character that is always around the corner.
Another unbeatable place in Los Angeles is the Griffith Observatory. From here you can have one of the best views across Los Angeles, and behind you will have the Hollywood Hill with the famous sign…

This is definitely one of the best spots to look at the Hollywood sign, although my advice is to go to Lake Hollywood Park, which is the park right at the foot of the hill, where you’ll have the opportunity to photograph the script much more closely, if you are interested.
Echo Park is another place that deserves a stop, but unfortunately, we only saw it from the window of our tour bus…

You need to take a walk through downtown, among the many skyscrapers in the city and make sure you visit the City Hall for its peculiarities…

Unfortunately, we also had to come back here the next day because the tour did not offer a stop but only a quick bus ride…

The Grand park it is a place in the heart of downtown that you don’t want to miss it if you are in the area. Here, you will find a moment of tranquility in the frenzy of this part of the city.
The next stop on our tour, was to take lunch at Venice beach. Fortunately for us, we had already been here the previous day, otherwise half an hour to visit this place and eat would have been too short…

And then, of course, another forced stop in Santa Monica for only 10 minutes…

After that, it was time to get to the hills of the city, and especially after a long ride to Bel Air among the many Hollywood star villas, we came to Beverly Hills…

To finish the tour, we fast tracked in front of the city’s history-making venues, such as the Viper Room or Whiskey at Go Go…

The day ended with a great dinner at Manhattan Beach in a restaurant that I would recommend on a special occasion…
Another place you should visit is the town of Burbank, also famous for being the home of Warner Bros Studios…


From the completely opposite side of the city, there is another place you should not miss: Long Beach…

But if you are here in the area late in the afternoon, I suggest for you to go to Redondo Beach to watch the sunset…

Another place worth visiting in Los Angeles is Dodgers Stadium. It’s a shame that I was not able to go to a Dodgers game because I enjoy the party atmosphere in the stadium during a game. The Stadium is similar to all American arenas but still very nice to look at from the outside…

 Also, right here you can enjoy one of the best views of Downtown Skyline…


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