Intermission: The LA Tourist

Having my sister visit LA from Down Under is such a treat. It reminds me of how much I value time with my family, and of that irreplaceable bond between siblings.

It’s also a wonderful excuse to act like a tourist in my newly adopted home base.

I dedicate this post to my sis, Katya.

Below are some of our fun moments photographed around LA with either the Nikon 35mm or Smartphone.

Sisters reunited after nearly 2 years. At LAX.

Sisters reunited after nearly 2 years. At LAX.

Santa Monica Beach

Santa Monica Beach

Cloudy Venice Beach

Cloudy Venice Beach

Thanks sis!

Shopping at Michael Kors. Thanks sis!

Sharing sweet potato fries at Venice Beach

Sharing sweet potato fries at Venice Beach

Wowed by the canals, Venice Beach

Wowed by the canals, Venice Beach

Feeling on top of the world at Runyon Canyon that overlooks LA's downtown

Feeling on top of the world at Runyon Canyon that overlooks LA’s downtown

At Forest Lawn Cemetery, at the Bette Davis Memorial

Me, at Forest Lawn Cemetery, at the Bette Davis Memorial

Kath making new friends while on a photo shoot, Calabasas

Katya making new friends while on a photo shoot, Calabasas

Visiting the Hotel Bel-Air, and its swans

Visiting the Hotel Bel-Air, and its swans

Seeing chocolate, and eating it. At See's Candies., The Grove

Seeing chocolate, and eating it. At See’s Candies, The Grove

Sistertime at the top of the Los Leones Trail

Sistertime at the top of the Los Leones Trail

At Urth Caffe in LA's downtown

At Urth Caffe in LA’s downtown

Overlooking LA from Mulholland Drive

Overlooking LA from Mulholland Drive

Toasting at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel

Toasting at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel – feeling like we’re on the set of The Hills

Downtown LA Scenes ~ California

Oh LA, why do you keep trying to woo me back?

I know, I know… You’ve got the glorious Pacific Ocean. I agree, there’s really nothing better than starting the day with a glimpse of its sparkling blue, and inhaling its salty air. I hear you: the Pacific Coast Highway is one of the most awe inspiring drives as you head towards a tucked away Malibu. But then, you’ve got the idyllic Hollywood Hills; I would love to live in one of their Neutra designed homes, or anything modernist architecture for that matter.

In all honesty, I am sold on living in one of the beach fringing neighbourhoods – Venice Beach, or Santa Monica; in a cute little shack and a garden brimming with bougainvillea, red hibiscus, and some roses, too.

On the other hand, a little further inland, there’s that Brooklyn-esque vibe of your downtown area. I’ve been reading about its revival; less Skid Row, more loft and (unfortunately) condo. When I visited, about 2 months ago, the Arts District was alive: its graffiti-decorated streets fringed with manufacturing and lofted warehouses, punctuated by railway tracks of an industrial past. I loved the bustling dining culture with lively spots including Wurstkuche, Church & State, and an outpost of Urth Caffe. Simply say, “Urth’s green tea matcha soy milk latte,” and I’m there.

I’m steps closer to being wooed back, LA. Here’s one reason: a glimpse into the Arts District, and the area around Hewitt Street. Enjoy!

Molino Street Lofts

Line at Wurstkuche

Urth Caffe

Financial District in the background