3 days in LA

Unlike the many favorites for New York City, opinions are still very disparate on Los Angeles, the city of angels. The city is very large, so is its traffic! Don’t worry, some areas are very cool and I’m sure you’ll enjoy your stay in this gigantic city where the sun shines all year round.

TIPS :

  • Moving from point A to point B by car can quickly take you time due to traffic (to be considered if you book activities).
  • I recommend using Uber for your travels.
  • If you rent a car, download the Waze app to navigate (or another GPS) it is a must in LA.
  • Keep your ID with you, you will need it to access bars, restaurants…

MUST SEE :

Venice Beach & Santa Monica (½ day) :

  • Stroll through Venice and soak up the Californian vibe. You will discover the excitement of its original inhabitants (green doctors, body builders of Muscle Beach and many others…)
  • Take a trip to the canals of Venice or the cool district of Abbott Kinney.
  • Rent a bike from Venice Beach to the Santa Monica pier (20 min) and walk down its pedestrian and shopping street. If you are slightly hungry, you will find many possibilities to eat on site.
  • Back on Venice beach by bike, a quick jump into the ocean and chill by the beach will really be enjoyable.
  • After this short trip, a good cocktail is well deserved in front of a magical sunset from the rooftop High of the Hotel Erwin.
  • For your evening, direction Downtown LA, nothing beats a roof top in the heart of the city with a 360-degree view of the sparkling buildings. I recommend the Standard or the Perch.
  • If you want to continue the night and set the dancefloor on fire, the lively neighborhoods of West Hollywood, Hollywood and Downtown LA will offer you many options in terms of bars and nightclubs. I really enjoyed le Clifton’s for a friend’s birthday party. A huge club with a gigantic tree in the entrance hall, composed of several atmospheres (50’s, hip-hop, Latin…).

Continue reading “3 days in LA”

What to do in Orange County?

Orange County is a “chic” microcosm located in South Los Angeles where I have lived for 2 years. Composed of coastal cities, you will find what you are looking for if you want to spend a few relaxing days at the beach or if you are passionate about surfing. For each of the cities presented below, you will find ideas for activities and places to eat that will allow you to fully enjoy your stay.

Laguna beach: THE PRECIOUS

Laguna Beach is what Monaco is to France, a coastal city where you will find some “amazing” houses built in rocky hills with ocean views. The small-town center is very charming with its shops and art galleries, its beach a stone’s throw away but above all the best glacier in the area, Gelato paradisioBe careful, the city is Smoke Free!

  • Crystal cove state park: ($15 parking per car for the day): depending on the length of the hike you want to do, you will have the choice to take different paths in the canyon with the possibility of finishing with a very beautiful view of the ocean.
  • 1000 steps beach: my favorite beach in the region (don’t hesitate to walk along the beach to discover small isolated coves).
  • Take a brunch at the Rooftop Lounge, you will have a magnificent view of the ocean (no reservations, first come, first served).
  • If you like basketball, you will find a beachfront field right next to the city center (you can’t miss it).
  • For the French, if you are in a terrible need for a bakery, stop at Moulin for a butter ham sandwich or a pastry like at home.

Continue reading “What to do in Orange County?”