Santa Monica, Disneyland and Hollywood; Los Angeles, California

July 26, 2012

So we hit LA!

I was so excited to visit this city, shopping, sunshine, good food, shopping what more could a girl want?

Oh yes and we were visiting in winter so we were pimping all the way, after some lovely youth hostels I was ready to get back to luxury. LA is all that, valet everywhere you go and amazing service literally everywhere. I was in love.

We arrived at 6 am, to a raining LA, picked out a red mustang from the car hire lot, and had a very nervous drive to our hotel down a couple of freeways.

We slept in the biggest bed I have ever seen, then ate a massive room service (mexican) breakfast, oh my, then woke up to this day at about 2pm… 

Not the prettiest views but our hotel was so central we didn’t mind and this is what LA looks like, and being next to a freeway was gold considering you have to drive everywhere. Seriously, you really do.

We were about 15 minutes away from Santa Monica so spent the first day here, mooching, shopping and eating. It’s a great part of town, we always ending up coming back here to eat or hang out when we got confused driving around! 

I loved eating in California, we ate so much good food we had to bring it down to two meals a day… it is true what they say about portions, although you don’t have to eat that way but breakfasts were typically huge. It is really easy to be healthy here, but it even easier to be naughty.

We had great coffee and bagels at a Greek place one morning in the sunshine…

And the farmers market here is legendary, it’s really amazing the produce is insane. I guess it’s all the sunshine. I really wish I could have brought flowers there were so many beautiful displays.


We had dahlias just like these at our wedding…

Home made produce everywhere, peach jam? My gosh.

I really wanted to buy some fruit, such a shame we were moving on we could have gorged ourselves on the biggest strawberries ever seen… 

And oranges to try at most stands… 


My favourite heirloom tomatoes are the norm here, and so much produce was oversized and still organic.


Still we snubbed all that good stuff to go to a sports bar, I loved it here. Huge screens everywhere showing all the sports. Yes all of them. And booths, you must know I love a booth. 

This diner looked tiny outside but once you walked downstairs opened out into a huge cavern. It had been here forever and had movies star photos glued onto the tables and lots of souvenirs everywhere including lots of motorbikes hung from the ceiling and number plates too…

We ate burgers and quesadillas and watched basket ball and hockey and football and wrestling and who knows what else.

The one place my Husband was keen to visit in LA? Disneyland. (and compton but we didn’t go there)

I had only ever been to the one in Paris, this is another world! 

I wore those sparkly ears all day.  

We stayed all day, seeing everything we could, we did all the big rides, met Mickey Mouse, ate hot dogs and churros and drank raspberry lemonade, we saw Darth Vader and Jessica Rabbit and I met Mary Poppins, we even saw a whole parade with all the princesses on our way out.

We were knackered. 

The next day… we woke up to this. 

So we went shopping, stocking up on Victoria Secret, Gap, Nike and J Crew essentials and Levi’s, all much cheaper in the US. 

We went to Santa Monica pier that night which is great fun… it was late though I wished we had more time for the fair! Definitely worth a visit…

If only for a great photo opportunity… 

One place I had to visit before we left was Hollywood, I wanted to see the big sign and the walk of fame. And the weirdos, hollywood is full of strange ones. 

By this point I was loving driving in LA, after the first day or two of getting used to the different ways it all suddenly made sense, they drive to their roads and traffic. It’s a great place to drive and we had an amazing car for it too. 

The walk of fame is so fun, I took so many photographs here… 


I loved eating in diners while were here, we found some great ones… this was super cool and just like the diner in Grease, every booth had a juke box and it had a really retro feel, probably because it hasn’t changed in decades! 

So much more to see in this town… so we took our hood down and went off again… more tomorrow! 

I love this varsity jacket, check out my jock husband.

You can see we loved our soft-top, don’t get anything else if you do a driving holiday in the US, it’s so worth it.


2 Responses to “Santa Monica, Disneyland and Hollywood; Los Angeles, California”

  1. bakearama Says:

    It looks like you had the most amazing time! And the sparkly mouse ears!!
    So excited to go back on our way home from NZ next April 🙂

    Are you headed elsewhere in the US too?

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