Just when I thought I hadn’t travelled enough this year, I figured I would take one more trip before 2014 was over. I cannot believe there are only 2 more months left in the year. INSANE. I can happily say I have crossed a few more cities off of my bucket list! (Although who knows what other trips I might plan in these remaining two months…watch this space).
I’ll break down a travel diary for you all and post some pictures to bring you along this journey with me. So here we go …
I left from London Heathrow to begin my long journey. I flew with Virgin Atlantic to get to Los Angeles, but the comfiness of premium economy made the long 9 hour flight more than enjoyable. The service was 5 star and the seats were so comfortable and very spacious. Virgin Atlantic had just about every movie you could think of, I tried to sleep for most of the way so when I finally landed in LAX around 2pm, I was well rested and ready for my day!
We arrived to the stylish W Hotel Hollywood and I was in awe. As soon as I walked in I felt like a Hollywood Starlet. The hotel is situated at Hollywood Vine, the hotel itself is on the Hollywood walk of fame (Shakira’s star was just outside the entrance 🙂 ) I would describe how it looked but my words can’t do it justice and my pictures hardly do either. I would recommend this Hotel to everyone!
As soon as we checked into our suites we unpacked and freshened up then went straight to one of my favourite places Rodeo Drive, for a stroll around and evening meal.
Next day and we all woke up feeling the jet-lag, only one thing could help us feel better was a breakfast visit to Denny’s Diner of course. I know I know…..most people think Denny’s is a dive, bit I have always enjoyed the traditional American grub they serve. Pecan pancakes with banana is one of my favourite choices off the menu. After exploring the streets of Hollywood, it was time to head back to the hotel. Even in the middle of October, LA was HOT HOT HOT! The highlight of my day was relaxing back at the hotel’s rooftop pool, sipping on cocktails and soaking up the stunning scenery all around me.
A friend of mine mentioned to visit The Grove, so for the rest of the afternoon into evening was spent there. This place is super cute and great for shopping the high-street stores.
After a restful sleep I was feeling more myself and ready to take on a new Californian day. I started the day meeting a new business associate/new friend and she took me to a little gem Porto’s in Burbank. This place literally was buzzing yet had a family welcome feel to it. Would love to know how many people know about this place and what you enjoy most—leave your comments below.
Belly’s full of food and coffeed up, we were ready to take on the day packed full of adventure into the Hollywood Hills.
In the evening I visited the Griffith Observatory, my inner science geek was itching to come out 🙂 This place is really magical and the best part is it’s FREE for everyone to enjoy and learn. The view alone of Los Angeles is breathtaking, but the part I enjoyed the most was getting to see Saturn and the Moon through their professional telescopes outside on the grounds. When I saw Saturn I instantly felt insignificant, looking at this bright globe of a planet I was in awe, yet felt part of this bigger existence of the universe.
Today I was missing having my home comfort English Breakfast Tea and I couldn’t think of a better place to have British afternoon tea then at an iconic place The Beverley Hills Hotel. In The Polo Lounge I felt like I was in a beautiful little secret garden, The Polo Lounge has been the favourite breakfast spot and watering hole for generations of stars, Hollywood deal-makers and now Mona Adli 🙂
That night we had dinner at the picturesque Nobu Malibu, situated on the beach front wherever your seated your guaranteed to have amazing views of the Pacific Ocean. This really was another highlight of my trip, I felt tranquil and had a positive outlook on life. Along with the mouthwatering food (sorry no pictures of my food….was too busy eating it) this place was a heavenly experience.
On our way back to our hotel I also wanted to stop by Lisa Vanderpump‘s restaurant Villa Blanca for some desert (If you know me, you know I LOVE my deserts). Again I was surprised to see that the décor was just beautiful, with fresh flowers and candle light setting a incredibly romantic ambience. I was expecting a modern bistro, there is a saying “You take your wife to Villa Blanca and your mistress to Sur“– another restaurant owned by Lisa Vanderpump. I’m glad I went to the right restaurant 🙂
My last day in California and my heart wanted to be by the Ocean one last time. In the UK you obviously don’t get beaches like this, so I made the most of it. I enjoyed soaking up the sun rays and the smell of the sea. Here I am at Santa Monica Pier, enjoying all the little delights they have to offer. Looking back on my trip, I am so lucky that I got the chance to visit this city. Now I know why everyone wants to be a Kalifornia Girl’s 😉
I hope you take a trip to Los Angeles soon to experience everything I got to do and more.
Share your own experiences below and recommend your favourite places to visit.
Thank you for reading my travel diary….until next time & a next destination.