Summer is undoubtedly the best season in Los Angeles. So we planned a trip for LA before summer ends. There are lots of things to do in LA. We visited Hollywood, Santa Monica, Long Beach, Rodeo Drive, Griffith Observatory, etc.
While planning our trip, we wanted to stay near a beach to relax and enjoy some seafood. We also planned to visit Santa Barbara before returning to SF. So we stayed in a hotel named The Pierpont Inn in Ventura, a beach town between LA and Santa Barbara. We reached Ventura after a 6 hour drive from SF and immediately went out to the beach to enjoy the beautiful sunset.
Our First Day in LA
On our first day, I wore this beautiful printed and embellished maxi dress from INC international concepts which I bought at Macy’s. We started the day exploring the beautiful downtown of Ventura.
Then we started for LA. By the time we reached LA, we were starving. There is a famous restaurant named Kula Revolving Sushi Bar in Little Tokyo, the Japanese District in Downtown LA. So we walked around the Japanese Village for a bit and headed towards it. But surprisingly, their wait time was over 2 hours! As we were starving, we went for another sushi restaurant in the village called Sushi & Teri. There we had some delicious sushi rolls. My favorites were the Golden California Roll and Spicy Tuna Roll. Interesting fact - the California roll was invented here in Little Tokyo.
After lunch, we listened to some traditional music, had some mochi ice cream and saw the Little Tokyo watchtower. While experiencing Japanese culture, we saw a wishing tree with various colored notes hanging like leaves. People were writing their wishes on pieces of paper and tying them with a ribbon to the branches of the tree.
Close by, we visited this huge OOMO Cube which is right in front of the Japanese American National Museum. It was quite interesting to spin the sides of this gigantic Rubik’s cube while seeing ourselves in it’s mirrored surfaces 🙂
After that, we hopped into our car and went to Olvera Street which is a historic Mexican district in downtown LA (or as they call it - DTLA). This beautiful colorful place has so much to offer. It’s a Mexican marketplace filled with many shops, restaurants, cafes, old structures and painted stalls.
Big leafy trees surround the place isolating it from the bustle of the city. Street vendors sell Mexican Fiesta dresses, hats, vessels, toys, bags, guitars, souvenirs and so many beautiful things. We bought a cute guitar here which was only $9.
The sun was set by then. We wanted to take a look at the famous Union Station. It is right across the street from the Olvera St. It is a normal train station but it’s historic nature and the fact that it is often used as a filming location in Hollywood makes it a tourist spot as well.
Finally, we got a chance to go to LACMA (Los Angeles County Museum of Art). It had been my dream to take pictures with Chris Burden’s Urban Light. It’s an exhibition of 202 restored street lamps from the 1920s and 30s. If you visit LA, don’t miss the opportunity to take pictures with it. It’s open 24 hours for everyone.
My dream was fulfilled. We really didn’t want to leave the place as we were so attached to it 🙂