Intermission II: The LA Tourist Speaks

I asked my sister, Katherine, to list her LA: Top 5. Being a first timer in the city, I’m not surprised that she responded with the following:

1. Hiking to the Hollywood Sign.

2. Walking Hollywood Boulevard.

3. Driving through Orange County – to Laguna Beach and San Clemente.

4. Exploring Beverly Hills and witnessing everything it is known for – the Lamborghinis; the brand name stores – Gucci, Prada; Rodeo Drive…

5. Drinking a Moroccan mint matcha latte at Urth Caffe in Santa Monica.

Though I’m a resident of LA, even I get excited when I glimpse the Pacific Ocean’s shimmer on a sunny day, take a Star Line tour of Hollywood stars’ homes, and hopscotch the Hollywood Walk of Fame. While Kath’s Top 5 may read like that of a guidebook, it’s a worthy list that reminds me that all that glitters in LA really is gold to the tourist.

My sis and me peeking over the fence at "that" sign

My sis and me peeking over the fence at “that” sign

Hollywood Sign c/o the iphone

Hollywood Sign c/o the iPhone

Top of the Sign

Top of the Sign

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Looking over LA

Kath looking over LA

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Lucille Ball's old home

Lucille Ball’s old home in Beverly Hills

Bijan's Bugatti

Bijan’s million+ Bugatti on Rodeo Drive

Harry Winston store on Rodeo Drive

Harry Winston store on Rodeo Drive

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Tourists

Tourists

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Oz premiere on Hollywood Blvd

Oz premiere on Hollywood Blvd

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Chilling at the pool at the Loews Hotel hollywood

Chilling at the pool at the Loews Hotel Hollywood

Laguna Beach

Laguna Beach

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Warming the fingertips - Montage Hotel Laguna Beach

Warming the fingertips – Montage Hotel Laguna Beach

Photo Shoot at Treasure Island Park, Laguna Beach

Photo Shoot at Treasure Island Park, Laguna Beach

The Pacific

The Pacific

San Clemente - through Katherine's rose coloured glasses

San Clemente – through Katherine’s rose coloured glasses

My sis, Kath, with her fave Moroccan Mint matcha drink at Urth Caffe

My sis, Kath, with her fave Moroccan Mint matcha drink at Urth Caffe

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36 thoughts on “Intermission II: The LA Tourist Speaks

  1. Wow, I felt like I was there with you. I especially like the two pictures taken behind the Hollywood sign. I have never seen any pictures taken from behind them before.

    • Syders – hello! we had a great time :) Moroccan min matcha latte = take a teaspoon full of matcha powder and a big splash of soy milk. Mix in a cup with a Japanese bamboo whisk. Heat the rest of the soy milk (under a cup full) and fill to the top. Add a splash of mint syrup, stir, and voila! A moroccan mint matcha latter :) (You can substitute soy for any other milk)

    • Dear Cornelia, my sister loved San Clemente and that’s her pic through the sunglasses. We had a lunch drink at Laguna Beach – at the rooftop of La Casa del Camino. Hope you’re well! Thank you!

  2. I like LA… Probably in the same way I like Miami. there’s a certain level of cheesiness for someone who is visiting, but there is also an interesting counterculture and the underground scene. Some of the best experimental electronic music is coming out of LA (Flying Lotus being the shining example). I would add having a night out in Silverlake to the list. And multiple visits to the In-N-Out burger OR Umami Burger for the more upscale experience. Cheers!

    • Hi! Thanks for your comment :) LA is really very cool when you dig deeper. I love Silverlake and Echo Park, and we did make it to Elysian Park for the downtown view. my sis enjoyed In-n-Out in San Fran and yes, Umami is great but it cost us a parking ticket a while back so that is etched into our minds ;) My husband is a DJ and producer so I’ll definitely pass on the music info. Thanks so much!

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