We are taking you along through an exciting day in the „City of Angels“.
Our trip to Los Angeles really has been one of our most spontaneous trips in the last months. Who’d have thought that only two weeks after starting to plan to whole trip, we’d already be sitting on an 11-hour flight towards the Pacific coast?! We couldn’t believe our luck, to be honest. And what were we supposed to do on this trip? Well, we had the chance to try out cashless payment with our VISA* Card at exactly the place where this kind of payment has become a true self-understanding. And soon enough, paying with VISA Card convinced us completely. I just want to say that much: this kind of payment is SO fast and SO easy that after day one, we didn’t want to imagine another kind of payment altogether…
But enough introductory words because now, we would like to invite you to follow us thought an exciting day in Los Angeles.
Our Diary Part 1: A Day in LA – Morning – Noon
It’s 03:00 a.m. and I’m lying awake. No wonder, as Max and I only touched down in LA only a couple of hours ago. At this time of the night, I’m feeling a mix of jet lag and restlessness as I can’t wait to start and explore everything in this new place. VISA had asked us to fly to LA and discover payment with VISA Card as compared to paying with cash money. For us Germans, who really love their cash money, this habit felt really new and unusual but we didn’t take any cash on this trip, nonetheless. We only got some cash money from a vending machine at the airport for tips, just after we had landed.
At 04:30 a.m., Max is awake as well and we decide to be on our way before sunrise in the direction of the Hollywood Hills to watch the sunset up there. We believe that this would be the perfect and most romantic way to wave Los Angeles hello.
At 05:30 a.m., we are on our way in our rented Ford Mustang convertible and off towards the Hills. The highways at this time are relatively crowded already, but still empty enough for our trip to only take 15 minutes from our hotel in Downtown LA to Mulholland Drive.
At 06:00 a.m., the sun rises above our destination, the Jerome C. Daniel Overlook above the Hollywood Bowl and luckily, nobody except us is parking there at this early hour and we are all by ourselves to enjoy the most beautiful and romantic first view over Los Angeles. While the dust is hanging low and thick above the city, the light is changing by the minute and this is one of the most stunning views that every presented itself to us. An incredibly beautiful moment.
7036 Mulholland Dr. | Los Angeles | CA 90068
At 08:00 a.m., we are SO ready for breakfast and more than that, for COFFEE! But as we are still in Hollywood and at this time even on touristy Hollywood Blvd., it isn’t that easy to find a lovely coffee bar away from the big franchise chains we all know. Luckily, we are soon discovering a pretty little coffee and juice bar called Rise N Grind which, at this early hour, is still hardly crowded at all! Only 1 – 2 early birds are sipping their coffee and working on their laptops, the bar is quiet and the jazz music lovely. At the wall, the prices and products are written on skateboard decks which is a lovely detail and the illuminated „coffee“-letters are also looking so nice in this modern and minimal atmosphere.
I’m ordering an Acai-bowl, a cold-pressed juice and a soy latte. Max is going for a filled croissant and a big mug of so-called „drip coffee“, the name for filtered coffee in America as it seems. I’m paying everything directly with my VISA Card and payment takes no more than 3 seconds – so simple, easy and fast, I’m impressed!
6501 Hollywood Blvd | Los Angeles | CA 90028
At 09:30 a.m., it has already turned so hot on the streets of the city and I’m wondering how hot noon will be. So I’m asking Max whether we should spent the hours around noon at LACMA, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art as it should be well air-conditioned in there and while spending some time away from the heat, we can watch lots and lots of amazing art as well.
We both like the idea and soon, we are back on the road with our Mustang, driving past palm tree lined roads towards the museum. Driving in LA is loads of fun, by the way. The people tend to drive very carefully and in a sensible way which is nice. Just taking the bus, the train or walk in LA would be madness so I’m really happy we rented a car at the airport.
By the way, parking in Los Angeles is absolutely no problem as there are public parking spaces everywhere. You either pay a person at the entrance and get a parking ticket in return or you use one of the parking meters that we paid super easily with our VISA Card as well. So even in these situations: no cash needed!
At 10:30 a.m., the museum is opening their doors and to spend the time until then in a good way, we are having a little photo shoot session at the famous columns of a sculpture called „Urban Light“, which you’ve probably seen somewhere on pictures before. The light is really amazing between the bright columns and it’s the picture perfect spot. While we were shooting there, lots of other photographers were trying their best as well, so this sculpture is definitely not a secret spot, but very beautiful nonetheless!
5905 Wilshire Blvd | Los Angeles | CA 90036
From 11:00 a.m., we are spending the hours around noon at LACMA (an 8 acres large campus with collections from all eras of art history) and we are taking all the time we need. Sadly, we weren’t allowed to take many pictures, but one photo is a very special memory for me – me and one of my favourite paintings from all time from my favourite painter of all time: René Magritte! The world famous pipe-painting has fascinated me for many years and standing in front of the original for once was a magical moment.
We also loved an exhibition called „History of 3D-Film an 3D-Photography“ which was very interactive, we had the chance to try out different 3D-glasses and finally, we understood how 3D was invented and how it actually works. And yes, who’d have thought that 3D movies have been existing for many decades, right?!
5905 Wilshire Blvd | Los Angeles | CA 90036
The visit at the museum was definitely the best idea to escape the mid-day heat and what a nice effect that we got to see lots of art at the same time. In our next blog post (coming the day after tomorrow, the 20th of August), we will tell you all about what we did and where we went afterwards on this very special day in LA, trying out our VISA Card in all kinds of different situations. So, stay excited for the continuation of our “A day in LA”-story!
Who of you knows Los Angeles already and who’d like to visit at some point in their lives? I’d really like to hear that and how you liked this blog post in the comment section!
Photography: Max Bechmann & Ricarda Schernus