The last stop on our epic road trip was The City of Angels. We arrived in Los Angeles at sunset and sat in traffic on the 101 as the sky changed from blue to purple to pink. It made the crazy LA traffic much more worth it. We had about 10 hours until our fight back to Dallas and we planned to hit as many places as we could.
It turned out our AirBnB was off of Hollywood Boulevard, which was pretty cool staple to staying in LA. After locating the apartment, we realized that we were starving, so we headed toward downtown to grab a bite. Shocker: we chose pizza. 800 Degrees to be exact. It was pizza shop in downtown Hollywood with woodfired pies and it was delicious! On our way back from Pizza, we strolled along the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Since it was after dark, we didn’t search for any of our favorite actors, but it was still a neat experience!
Walk of Fame
Jeremiah had a list of coffee shops that he hoped to visit in the Los Angeles area, two of which were Intelligentsia and Verve Coffee Roasters. Intelligentsia was such a unique shop and we sat outside while Jeremiah enjoyed a pastry and cup of coffee, but I couldn’t speak much for Verve as I wasn’t feeling well while we were there and spent most of the time in the bathroom.
Verve Coffee Roasters
Santa Monica Beach
Santa Monica was one of the stops I was most looking forward to. I was bummed we didn’t have enough time to enjoy the pier, but we were set to relax on the beach for awhile… that is until it started pouring rain!! All the people on the beach started running in all directions as they evacuated the beach and others that were just standing around kept repeating in astonishment how it never rains here. It was quite a funny sight. Since the sand was now wet and muddy, we decided to head to Venice a little early.
Venice Beach was the second stop I was most looking forward to in LA with it’s chill atmosphere, I was hoping for a relaxing time. Instead, we encountered snooty hipsters at Menotti’s, crazies on the beach, bland boardwalk pizza, and the stench of weed everywhere. Venice wasn’t a complete bust, we still enjoyed our pizza on the beach before our flight and it was quite an interesting atmosphere, but not a place I would want to visit again. Sorry Venice.
Overall, Los Angeles wasn’t exactly what we hoped for. It was not as magical as the movies made it seem. All I could think while we explored was the quote “Welcome to Hollywood, what’s your dream?” from Pretty Woman, but LA was definitely not my city; although I’m glad there are people who love it there. I’d like to think that with more time to explore, I could learn to like it as much as others do.