I had yet another decidedly unhorsey weekend this past weekend when I went to visit my friend in Los Angeles. Never having been to the city, I had no idea what to expect. Honestly I thought it would be all plastic surgery and south Florida feeling… but it had a very different vibe entirely. Not saying I want to pack up and move there, but I enjoyed the city way more than I thought I would! I knew I would have a great time seeing my friend, but wasn’t sure what I would think of LA itself.
With my flight schedule, I was really on there for a day and a half. Day one we did a lot of strolling around, running errands, and eating all the yummy food.
We saw the hotel in Culver City where the Wizard of Oz cast stayed during the movie. The cast was so popular, that they built a tunnel going underneath the ground straight from the hotel to the studios. Now there’s an adorable fountain.
Specifically time spent in little Tokyo, where something amazing was happening.
That my friends, is Hello Kitty con. Perhaps my greatest sadness of 2014 may be that Hello Kitty Con was sold out, and I could not attend. They had workshops on “How to Hello Kittyfy your life!” like doing your nails in Hello Kitty style and Hello Kitty cake decorating. They were giving out free Hello Kitty tattoos. The costumes alone leaving it were amazing.
On Saturday we ate more yummy food (this is an excellent theme) and toured the CA coast… with a quick stop in the American Girl store in the morning. I had never been, and it’s quite the spectacle.
Even though I’ve been to San Francisco, I haven’t really seen much of the Pacific ocean… so that was the goal. We started in Venice beach, which wasn’t super crowded due to it being a tad cold. I was okay with that, because even with smaller crowds there were plenty of crazy people to see.
We rode up the Pacific Coast highway and headed to Malibu, where we walked up Point Dume. That was perhaps my favorite part, because the weather was perfect and it showed me just how pretty the natural part of LA is. When I think Southern California, I don’t automatically assume natural beauty… but there is plenty there.
Later that night we went out to do some bar hopping in Hollywood. By bar hopping, I mean Lauren got obsessed with Hollywood stars and stared at the ground looking for celebrities I know and love. They move the less famous people further out from ground zero, so of course my favorites that I found were animal related.
This was a pretty fast trip, but I had a great time. Have you been to LA? If so, did it fulfill your grand Hollywood expectations?