An afternoon in LA and why its beaches became our new happy place.
After I had already told you all about our perfect morning and noon in Los Angeles, I would like to continue today with the afternoon of that day and the beaches of LA. How can a city have that much beach?! Incredible and I loved it so so much! We were so impressed by the Pacific and so thankful that we were able to spend some time at the beach – again!
Our Diary Part 2: A Day in LA – Noon until Evening:
At 02:00 p.m., after our visit at the museum, we return to the parking area of LACMA as we still have lots of plans for that day. We get our car back and pay the parking ticket with our VISA* Card again – the best option as the machine doesn’t accept any cash money, anyway. And payment is super easy.
Our next destination on that day is Venice, that young, hip, stylish and lively area of Los Angeles. Here, you meet skaters, bikers, sporty muscle beach boys and girls, artists, esoterics and all kinds of other people. Our first stop? Abbott Kinney Blvd, the restaurant and boutique street of Venice, which also has got some nice street art to look hat. Here, we simply take a walk and enjoy the area, including a lovely flea-market nearby. Best done walking, by the way!
Around 04:00 p.m., we walk towards the skaters at the super famous Venice Skate Park and as Venice beach is just around the corner, we simply walk down to the place. Of course, we need to take the opportunity and take some pictures as the Venice-sign and then, we watch the skaters doing their amazing tricks. I could have stood there and watched them for hours, it was the best thing!
Pacific Ave & Windward Ave | Venice | CA 90291
Venice Skate Park
1800 Ocean Front Walk | Venice | CA 90291
At 05:00 p.m., we are already on our way to Santa Monica and from the first moment on, we are in love with the sight of the pier with its amusement park and the big ferris wheel. It’s truly a sight and such a nice photo motive!
But taking pictures will have to wait as hunger forces us to find a place to eat. On our hunt for food, we discover a big shopping mall called “Santa Monica Place” and there, we are going for two big slices of pizza, each!
Furthermore, there is a small Free People boutique in that mall where I’m buying a super pretty top in golden brown with small, white stripes. Of course, I’m paying with VISA Card again and it’s the easiest thing. I still can’t believe I haven’t missed my cash money for one second here in LA.
395 Santa Monica Place | Santa Monica | CA 90401
At around 06:30 p.m., we have walked down 3rd Street Promenade and back towards Santa Monica Beach where we intend to watch the sunset on that day. While looking over the ocean, we finally have the chance to relax from a day full of new impressions.
Of course, I’ve put on my new top from Free People right away and at the beach, we are shooting some lovely pictures with the top. The light is amazing at that time and a cool band is playing right next to us while we are shooting. It’s a perfect right then and right there.
200 Santa Monica Pier | Santa Monica | CA 90401
Max and I are, despite a super exciting day, so relaxed and simply thankful for this amazing trip and all the beautiful sights we got to see. Which bigger gift could there be?!
Around 08:00 pm, the glowing red sun sets behind the mountains in the distance and at the same time, the fun fair at Santa Monica Pier is illuminated. In this moment, we are simply standing arm in arm, watching the beauty of this sunset and feeling simply blessed for this precious moment.
After this beautiful moment, we walk back to our car and drive back to our hotel in Downtown LA. By the way, our phones told us that on this day, we made almost 23.000 steps and we are not surprised at all, even though we wonder why we don’t feel exhausted at all – must be the happiness that has taken over completely!
We really hope that you enjoyed our two articles about LA. Do let us know what you liked best and also your experiences about LA and California!
And thank you VISA for this unique trip that we will never forget. Payment couldn’t have been easier and we believe that the USA are a step further than us in that respect.
*This article is supported by VISA.
Photography: Max Bechmann & Ricarda Schernus