Catching up? Read part 1 of my LA trip here.
In between the food and workout classes in LA we did sneak in time for naps on the beach, shopping and a few touristy ventures. If it was 10 (ok, 20) degrees warmer we would have stayed at the beach all day, but the weather didn’t quite cooperate.
After we exercised, showered and ate, here’s how we filled the rest of our day:
We did the typical touristy-thing and walked down Rodeo Drive (wishing we could afford any store on the street). Seriously, it’s the cleanest street ever. Like freaky clean. We joked that the only garbage we saw on the ground was a Prada ribbon. It was also really quiet, but it was cold. I put my Northface on right after this picture.
Later, we had dinner at the rooftop restaurant at the Peninsula Hotel.
Santa Monica Pier + Shopping
Don’t let the smiles from these pictures fool you…it was SO cold and windy by the pier! We literally ran back to the car after taking these pictures.
Santa Monica Place had mostly regular mall stores but it was still nice to wander around and seek warmth inside the stores. We ended at True Food Kitchen for dinner.
The unique, hippie-like street is filled with boutiques and restaurants. A good array of stores (still expensive) and fun to explore. We ate at the Butcher’s Daughter for lunch.
Malibu Country Mart + Pier
The most beautiful outdoor shopping center we visited. The view alone made it, but the stores were great and the atmosphere was quiet and private.
Later at night we ate dinner by the pier and caught the tail-end of the sunset.
Driving through Pepperdine
I had to include this on my list because Pepperdine was always one of my dream schools, although I never even applied. It’s where the show “Zoey 101” was filmed and my cousins and I were the target age group when that show aired. Naturally, we drove through the campus with the theme song blasting. Damn teenage pregnancy had to ruin a perfectly good show…. ;)
Point Dume Natural Preserve
A very quiet beach recommended to us by my cousin’s friend. It was a steep walk down to the water but it felt kind of magical to be surrounded by the cliffs. Plus, since we were shielded by the wind it was nice enough to nap for a little!
Paramount Studio Tour
On our last day in L.A. we took a tour of Paramount Studios. It was two hours long and “took us through the history of the studio, starting with the 1910’s.” We had a fantastic tour guide who drove us around in a golf cart to look inside buildings and sets. We saw where the show “The Doctors” is filmed, along with shows like “NCIS: LA” and “Veep.”
I’ll take a little break from my trip, but the next California post will be all about the San Diego area.