How I spent my time in L.A.
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We went to downtown L.A to check out the Bradbury Building! This building is the oldest commercial building remaining in the central city. It's known for its architecture, skylight, stairs and ornate iron works.
After taking it all in we went across the street to visit Grand Central Market for brunch at Eggslut where you can get custom cheesy egg sandwiches and buns.
After brunch we headed up to the Walt Disney Concert Hall and walked around their outdoor terrace. The architecture of it was super cool but I would recommend wearing sunscreen or preparing for straight up heat because the metallic walls will reflect sunshine right until you're about to have a heat stroke.
What better way to start your day than with a great cup of iced-coffee? You have to visit Alfred Coffee and take a photo with their neon "But First, Coffee" Sign!
Once you're all hyped up on caffeine, cross the street to visit the famous Micheltorena stairs, aka the most Instagrammed and Pinned staircase in the World!
We went to go visit the Urban Lights at LACMA and the lighting was perfect! (Pun intended).
What better way to end the day than with a burger from In&Out Burger? I'm not really a meat eater but I made an exception since we don't have this burger joint on the East Coast! #whynot
Santa Monica Beach!! Amazing weather, great crowd, surfers, skateboarders, food and music. It was such a great time and the weather was perfect for walking around, swimming and sun bathing.
After the beach we decided to go to Little Tokyo for dinner. I can honestly say that Little Tokyo was one of my favorite parts of this trip because I'm obsessed with authentic all Japanese food including but not limited to Hiroshima Okonomiyaki, sushi, ramen and onigiri. Get in my belly!!
I really wanted to go to the Self-Realization Fellowship Lake Shrine to see the lake and beautiful gardens. It was so peaceful and meditative. There was a small court that was built to honor five principal religions of the World.
You can climb the stairs all the way up to the actual Shrine.
Went back to Grand Central Market for brunch and photos with their popular neon signs!
It was actually pretty hard to get a decent photo with my crummy iPhone 6.
Later that night we went to the Last Bookstore. It was such an adventurous place with new and used books and records. The decor was extremely unique and full of character. Also, here's a cute photo of Sarah.
We spent the day chasing daylight to make it up to the Griffith Observatory! By the time we got there parking was full and we were directed to a parking lot at the bottom of the hill where a bus picks people up every 15 minutes. It cost a dollar and neither one of us had any cash. The bus driver felt bad for us and let us hop on for free!!
I was running around all excited and taking pictures left and right, I couldn't believe that we made it before the sun set!
The sunset was to die for and the pastel sky colors were just amazing.
Afterwards we tried to catch the bus going down - we were hoping to find the lady that gave us a free ride up! But unfortunately it was a different bus driver and didn't want to let us on for free!! We ended up asking these two European guys for a dollar in exchange for Venmo haha. They refused the venmo and just gave us the dollar. It was such a funny time and a wonderful experience and I would do it all over again if I could.
It was such an amazing trip and I can't wait to go back and visit again. Until next time L.A.!! #cya