A DAY IN LOS ANGELES; CALIFORNIA

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You may have noticed that I (Annabell) recently took a trip to California with my boyfriend Mark. He was there for work but before he began we drove out to Joshua Tree National Park and stayed for two nights in a 1950’s Airstream caravan. It was a special Airstream campground called Joshua Tree Acres where three Airstreams have been lovingly restored to their vintage glory and placed around a central ‘clubhouse’ where you can cook and relax. I wrote about in more detail in this previous post and it’s definitely worth a trip if your ever in LA.

After the trip in Joshua Tree was over, my Boyfriend drove up to the town of Lone Pine for work, while I stayed in Los Angeles to explore by myself for a week.

VENICE BEACH

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PHOTO PROP

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I had lots of time to explore this huge sprawling city, although to be honest, I didn’t venture far from Santa Monica and Venice where I was based. It just takes so long to cross the city and when your alone its pretty boring sitting in Ubers the whole time. So, instead i focussed on the west side nearest the beach. It’s a great area to walk in LA (a lot of it isn’t) as the traffic is pretty calm overall and there are lots of shops and cafes in close proximity so you can see lots of variety without having to wander too far. Also the architecture and street art in this area is really interesting and very photographic. My half sister and her husband are artists who’s work is often found on streets all over the world, so I always keep my eyes open for interesting pieces. They can also form the perfect backdrop for a portrait

STREET ART EVERYWHERE YOU GO!

I lost count of all the amazing graffiti and art on the walls, its so vibrant.

I mainly took pictures of things I saw while exploring the streets and If you want to see some of it then check my highlighted Instagram stories here. 

My Airbnb came with a nice pink bicycle and i used it a few times to get around. Venice is great to cycle in too as its pretty safe and very flat! You’ve got the old Canals (based on the Venice, Italy ones) and the whole beach side cycle path to cruise along for hours if you want. Everyone is very friendly, especially in the shops, where it can actually get a bit too friendly and you can't just look at things without having to speak to someone. 

The day before we flew back Mark was back and we had spare time to walk around. He took some pictures with me in by a cool vintage car and some some on the beach. I could have easily taken 5 outfits to change into as there is no end of great photo spots for portraits.

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CAFE GRATITUDE

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Some of my fave spots to eat are:

Cafe Gratitude:  

I went to this lovey all plant-based Cafe a few times as I really liked their mission and atmosphere. If you go there and are a lover of sweet breakfasts like I am, then you should try their super delicious french toast with cashew crème fraîche! Could have had that everyday for brekie. Not only is the food good, their stuff are super lovely and very helpful.

"Café Gratitude is our expression of a world of plenty. Our food and people are a celebration of our aliveness. We select the finest organic ingredients to honor the earth and ourselves, as we are one and the same. We support local farmers, sustainable agriculture and environmentally friendly products. Our food is prepared with love. We invite you to step inside and enjoy being someone that chooses: loving your life, adoring yourself, accepting the world, being generous and grateful every day, and experiencing being provided for. "

Superba

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Superba:  Food + Bread, almost says it all. They got a bakery in the Restaurant where they bake the yummiest bread and the biggest croissants and cookies I've ever seen. I’m talking the size of my head! I love their avocado on bread for breakfast, the angel hair pasta and if you want something more heavy, I can recommend the fried cod. 

"We are going to try new things and break some rules. But whether we’re reinventing the wheel or making toast you’d be silly not to try, we’re doing our darnedest to create an environment where trying new things is not only possible, but exciting, comfortable, superba."

DELICIOUS ICE CREAM & COLOURFUL WALLS 

 Delicious ice cream from   Salt & Straw   At Abbot Kinney Boulevard. Sometimes there is a massive queue in front of it, but worth the wait.

Delicious ice cream from Salt & Straw At Abbot Kinney Boulevard. Sometimes there is a massive queue in front of it, but worth the wait.

 On Rose Avenue not far from Cafe Gratitude

On Rose Avenue not far from Cafe Gratitude

FLEA MARKET ON MELROSE AVENUE

If you are in Los Angeles on a Sunday and like strolling over a flea market as much as I do. Then get in the queue and pay the $3 entry, its so worth it I think. You'll find some of the coolest retro furniture, vintage Levis shorts, jewellery, fur coats, decoration and cool art like this below. Oh and they play live music and sell very tasty crepes. Yes, I have a sweet tooth! More info here: www.melrosetradingpost.org

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BIKE RENTALS 

I passed this truck actually when I was walking up from the beach front. Renting bikes out of the back of a truck right by the beach, seems like a brilliant idea! But as you can see in the image, the truck was parked on a slope ;) so the guy was actually struggling to get the bike in and out of the back.

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FUN TO WATCH

This famous skate park is right at the Venice beach boardwalk. I think I spent an hour starring at little kids and adults doing stunts. Take a jacket if you are ever in Los Angeles in January as it can get surprisingly windy by the beach. 

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LONGEST PALM TREE OR SAY WHAT?

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NEVER GET'S OLD!

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