We hit LA in mid April and it felt like worlds away from Nevada, although it was still hot it was much less humid, it’s a built up city and not wide open desert, and people eat normal sized portions of food that included vegetables (not something we witnessed too often in Nevada!).
We arrived in the evening and headed to a veggie restaurant I had read about that turned out to be really closed to where we were staying in North Hollywood. The next day we headed out to Santa Monica Pier (we set off at the right time as by the time we left it was crazy busy with people). The Pier has some shops, restaurants, and a little theme park which is fun but we didn’t go into to anything and instead just looked out at the sea. On the beach there was a kite festival and a large anti-Iraq war display by veterans against the war, there was a red cross in the sand for every soldier killed and lots of information on the cost (both in human terms and financial) of the war.
We walked to Venice Beach where all the body builders hang out but there wasn’t really any there instead it seemed like students on Spring Break or families. Along the main street there were shops and people selling things along the side of the path and there was quite a fun (and busy) atmosphere. We headed to Abbot Kinney which was the recommended shopping area (basically a street) where there were some nice upscale clothes and home ware shops. We headed back to the boardwalk to get food at Figtree (I was a little disappointed by it as I had looked it up online and got all excited by the menu that seemed totally different when we were there, maybe it was a different Figtree…).
After that we picked up the car and drove to the Olympic Stadium as I am collecting stadiums! More on that in a future post!