LA Travel Diary: Part 2

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We had a couple of great day trips while staying in LA at the end of May.  And had some wonderful weather for those days too, not too hot, and some great natural light for photos.  I had a few spots that I wanted us to hit up, and we managed to squeeze them all in, mixed in with a few unknown plans in there that totally worked out. I already told you where we staying in Part 1 of this travel diary, so I’ve highlighted a few to do’s instead.

To do: A few of the places we went included the Griffith Observatory, which was actually an unexpected highlight.  I’ve got more shots to share from there, post to come.  LACMA, I loved the contemporary wing, love me some Andy Warhol, and A managed to squeeze in some middle eastern historical art.  We had pre-booked a TMZ tour as well, it was really fun, but no celebrity sightings.  It did give a great overview of the city and hot spots to come back to though.  We went for a stroll through the Venice Canals.  It was so quiet, and cozy in there with some amazing homes.  A good mix of modern homes and kitschy homes made up for some serious life goals.

Eat: Since we did a lot of our eating in Santa Monica, I only have one other favourtie to tell you about.  Gjelina, located on Abbot Kinney Blvd, in Venice.  A and I shared a salad and pizza, and it was just so good.  The vibes in this restaurant were super chill, with a gorgeous setting and beautiful back patio.  Greenery everywhere, just so good.

Shop: We wandered The Grove and had lunch there, soo many people and soo many shops.  The Melrose Trading Post was awesome.  The market takes up the whole campus yard at the Fairfax High School and is filled with vintage treasures, beautiful pieces from some very talented artisans and yummy snacks.  I bought a delicious smelling candle from The Wicked Boheme called London Calling.  Biggest regret, not buying a pair of vintage Levi’s shorts, or pants.  Next time.  My other favourite shopping area, and well just cool place to hang out, was Abbot Kinney Blvd in Venice.  The entire street is lined with super cool shops filled with even cooler finds, and a lot of them have these backyard outdoor areas.  Almost like a little oasis behind each store.  I could have chilled out there all day.

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