This is the first of many posts about my recent trip.
Each year, my family takes a cruise somewhere. Previously, we’ve done short cruises from Galveston to Cozumel. This year, we picked a week-long out of LA. We spent two days before boarding in Santa Monica because we’d never been before.
We flew out on the Friday after Christmas and arrived around 2 pm LA time. The flight was mostly uneventful, but I did sit by a stranger. Ew. It was weird when we landed because we didn’t have to go through customs. I haven’t skipped customs in years!
We took a cab to our hotel and found it shortly after. You can’t miss it. It’s turquoise!
|It was built in 1933|
|This is the peephole in the door|
After finding our hotel and charging our phones an additional 2%, we headed to dinner. First we walked to 3rd Street, but there was no food there. We walked back to the Ocean Avenue and found a yummy place with fish. Mine still looked like fish.
|I wanted to stop here, but my parents said no 😦|
|Our hotel has a sign!|
After dinner, we headed to the Santa Monica pier. I desperately wanted to ride the rides and get midway food.
|The pier marks the end of Route 66. I want to drive it someday.|
We got some credits to ride a few rides and then we embarked on a journey to the ferris wheel.
|From the ferris wheel|
|The ferris wheel was so cute|
|Roller coaster time!|
|All of us were sitting near each other in the van|
Our first stop was Venice Beach.
|So it’s true…White men can’t jump! This is where they filmed that.|
|CrossFitting at Muscle Beach|
We spent about a half hour looking at houses. Most weren’t too extravagant, but some were massive.
We got to walk up and down Rodeo Drive, but I don’t think anyone did any shopping. It was such an expensive street. There was supposed to be a Bugatti, but we couldn’t find it.
|The Wilshire Hotel, right off of Rodeo Drive.|
|Lunch was at the Farmers Market|
|Gluten free cookie!|
|We got to spent some time wandering around The Grove after lunch. I saw no celebrities.|
We walked up and down the Walk of Fame as well. I didn’t see many good stars, but I saw a lot of people I’d never heard of!
|The beginning of the walk is home to Elvis and the Beatles|
If there is one thing I learned during my two days in Los Angeles, it’s that people have no sidewalk manners. Does “Keep Right” have no meaning anywhere? I can’t imagine London with people just walking wherever they wanted. It would be madness.