Discover Los Angeles - despite its nightlife

"I love Los Angeles, and I love Hollywood. They're beautiful. Everybody's plastic, but I love plastic. I want to be plastic." - Andy Warhol 

January 2015

There's something about Los Angeles that makes the city quite distinguishable in pictures. It might be the ubiquitous palm trees. It might be the dreamy sky with just the right touch of blue and pink, sometimes orange. It might be its long beaches with golden sands. It might be the obvious Hollywood sign.

In fact, I have fun in the city just hunting for different angles to capture this world-famous letter sign and a hike up to the sign through Beachwood Drive is highly recommended. If you decided to hike up, stop by the Beachwood Cafe for a cappuccino or a cold beer and get your water and snacks at the Beachwood Market - the cashier I met there was a super nice guy. Say hello for me if you see him. There's a bus that takes you right at that corner (N. Beachwood Dr. & Westshire Dr.). A hike from there to the back of the sign is about 60 minutes and you'll get a great view of the city, back and front. 

Last but not the least, don't forget to visit a few museums and galleries. I visited MOCA where Andy Warhol's Shadow was being exhibited but other than that the place was disappointingly small. I fell in love with The Getty and was very pleased with LACMA. If I only have time for one museum I will revisit the Getty and if I am in the area (there's a Farmers Market nearby) I will drop by LACMA again (the cafe there serves great coffee and croissants).

I really didn't mean to write so much but apparently LA had gotten me quite excited. I had a lot of nice walks, good food and a relaxing time in the city. I was even lucky enough to see it rained twice (my Airbnb host told me that raining was rare in Los Angeles). 

Now let the images do the talking.


Points of Interest:

  • Downtown Los Angeles
  • West hollywood
  • Beverly Hill
  • Sunset Boulevard
  • Hollywood Sign
  • Long Beach
  • Santa Monica
  • The Getty Museum
  • Los Angeles County Museum of Art
  • Urban Light at LACMA
  • The Original Farmers Market