I was recently in LA for a week. I used to hate LA. Well, maybe not hate but misunderstand. I couldn’t fathom the idea of driving so much, not watching the change of all four seasons or witnessing other humans looking like molded pieces of plastic. I’ll let you in on a secret though, if you drive during the right time of day it’s fine, if you stand to watch the trees, they do change and if you see just enough plastic people walk by you will notice that they, too, are flawed.
Place is becoming more synonomous with people for me. As long as there are people I enjoy in the place that I am…things will be ok. During a week of vacation in LA, that place was not only ok but a whole lot of fun thanks to those people that I truly enjoy there.
In a list, here are a few things I love about LA:
The beach. Venice Beach and Santa Monica in particular for people watching and a run along the shore
Fruit trees. Everywhere. Marnika has a lemon tree archway to walk through every day while Jardine has a Persimmon tree she pines over on her daily walk to coffee.
The Rose Bowl flea market. Where treasure is everywhere.
Movies. Seeing where they film movies and TV shows…it’s a trip. This is where you learn that things on film are not always as they seem - Warner Brothers.
Griffith Observatory. An amazing spot high in the hills overlooking the city.
Horseback riding at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center. I’ve never been a horseback rider per say but there’s something awesome about cruising around on the back of such an amazing animal. Here they offer trail rides an hour at a time for a look at the more natural side of LA.
Food. A few of my favorites from this last trip were Blu Jam and Jones Bar in West Hollywood, Figaro and Home in Los Feliz and Pho Cafe and Flore in Silverlake.
Beverages. A few of the sweet spots were Bigfoot, The Thirsty Crow, The Roost, Smog Cutter and ,of course, around a friend’s kitchen table.
Friends. No place is better if you have some of your favorites around.