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We’re all friends here aren’t we?

Friends are honest with each other.

I need to admit I love Los Angeles.

The traffic is terrifying to drive in sure, but you get used to it. The people I have there are like family to me and seeing them every so often just never seems enough. And like family, they keep expanding with each visit.

Visiting the city of angels never makes me feel like I’m visiting, rather it’s like I’ve come home.

My first day entailed having breakfast at Alcove in Los Feliz which allowed my friends and I to enjoy the warming spring weather out. Breakfast also involved a surprise with one of my friends having stayed in town from Texas to enjoy my visit which allowed for more conversation and laughter.

Los Feliz bookstore/Cassidy, Michael and James photo bombing/Los Angeles from Griffith’s park/Alcove cake section

My Friday evening involved dinner and drinks at Pink Taco with one of my closest friends, a lot of catching up meant I forgot my precious Canon camera at the restaurant so we had to double back for me to find it. While waiting for the seating hostess to check out our table, James van der Beek walked in and five minutes later I had my camera gladly back in my hands. Moral of my Friday night then is: lose your camera and come in contact with Dawson himself!

Cassidy works at a frozen yogurt and gelato store so of course I had to investigate both, it wasn’t until my last evening without my camera in tow, however I stopped by Froyolife and instantly became “addicted” like their tag says. The coconut frozen yogurt with a dash of mango, lychees and granola dazzled my tastebuds and I knew why so many people make this place their regular.

Cassidy’s only day off meant the four off us set off to see the Stanley Kubrick exhibit currently being held at LACMA which involved some truly unique objects to be seen. Of all the things he was unable to accomplish I was disappointed in knowing he had educated himself thoroughly with Napoleon Bonaparte and his movie on the figure would have been a masterpiece.

Cassidy at LACMA/Stanley Kubrick posters/LACMA entrance art/Froyolife snack

Griffith’s park became an exploration ground, within it’s trails and the Observatory which is free to enter and explore for any interested in returning to childhood and learning or re-learning the moon phases and sun facts. James and I explored as the sun slowly set outside and got a beautiful early evening view of the city.

Observatory Architecture/James leading the way

Los Angeles is vast and I had more of an opportunity to see the inner neighborhoods on this visit. Santa Monica is where my heart lies though and this was further proven with Sunday night Salsa that takes place each week on Third Street Promenade. It’s a part of the city where the salt from the sea is fresh and not everyone wants a taste of the fame that Hollywood is known and brings 250,000 individuals to the city each year for.

Los Angeles and Griffith’s Observatory/Chateau Marmont lights/Santa Monica Sunday Night Salsa/Stanley Kubrick exhibit

It’s a city I will definitely be returning to again soon.

James observing the views

Tips:
If you want to be closer to Downtown LA for Sunset Boulevard events, but still want to be close enough to enjoy hiking Griffith’s Park than Los Feliz is the perfect place to stay. A ten minute drive to the base of the hiking trails or fifteen minutes drive to Sunset Boulevard it couldn’t be closer to the action.

If you prefer beach culture and a relaxing atmosphere than Santa Monica is a better bet as it’s a safe neighborhood and not far from LAX to get to. You can even catch the Big Blue Bus and within 20 minutes via the Rapid 3 bus route you can be on the Santa Monica Pier.

If you don’t have a very big budget and want to get fully involved in what this vibrant city has to offer than the 100 Free Things to do in LA list is a good place to start.

For the latest goings on than Timeout LA is worth looking at.

LA is large, diverse and can’t be fully seen in one short visit, so just plan to return.

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