Welcome to the Bright Lights Of The City of Angels…
See a movie star, sip a cocktail on a rooftop bar at sunset. Slip on a pair of designer shoes in an ultra-luxurious boutique in Beverly Hills. Play at Universal Studios Hollywood theme park, explore world-class museums, or dance the night away in a starlet-filled club. Welcome to California’s liveliest city, America’s entertainment capital, with mega-star wattage and nonstop things to do.
The big-city allure of California’s largest metropolis. Here, A-list celebrities really do walk the sidewalks, triple-shot macchiatos in one hand, cell phones in the other. While travelers may bypass much of the city by staying on a network of freeways that crisscross the region, they’re missing L.A.’s hidden gems. Turn off onto side streets to discover inviting neighbourhoods, incredible museums, and shopping hot spots. And when the sun sets, L.A. comes to life in a whole new way, with clubs thumping to the beat of the latest indie band, a flock of starlets swaying in the front row. Rooftop restaurants, bars, and pools draw slinky-sexy crowds, while searchlights arc through the night sky, announcing the latest silver-screen premier.
We frequently visit Los Angeles, The City of Angels, we love LA so much and we have just recently visited LA this year to enjoy and catch up with friends there. We fell in love with this amazing city many years ago when we went on a holiday there. As soon as we arrived the first time, we were met by this amazing energy in the air and happy faces in the LA sun shine and beautiful girls everywhere. We were in heaven 😉 The positiveness and belief out there is uplifting and inspiring, it makes you believe anything is possible. It really is the land of opportunity and we realised straight away why everyone wants to move there.
So last week in LA we visited the usual places we go too, Beverly Hills, The Grove, Glendale, Venice Beach, Hollywood, Santa Monica, Malibu and Runyon Canyon amongst others. We also went on a road trip to Las Vegas but that’s another story…
Whilst in LA we had lots on and were very busy. We attended a Movie Premiere at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood with friends which was amazing and very entertaining. Had our photographs taken and interviewed on the red carpet and met lots of interesting people.
Beverly Hills is a must to visit if you have never been. You really do feel like you’re in a movie there. The shops are amazing, the restaurants are impeccable and the people, friendly and complimentary. The best thing to do is just park up in Beverly Hills and just have a walk around and take it all in. The streets are mesmerizing, start on Rodeo Drive and just take it all in. Restaurants to visit are Via Alloro, La Scala, Il Cielo and if you want something that has everything, make sure you visit The Cheesecake Factory you will not be disappointed. There is a Cheesecake Factory in Beverly Hills, The Grove and Glendale amongst other towns.
Walking around Beverly Hills is an eye opener if it’s your first time. You literally can be having lunch sat next to George Clooney, it is that random. A great place to have coffee is to Coffee bean and Tea Leaf on Beverly Drive, it is a great little coffee shop to sit and relax and people watch in the sun. Beverly Hills is one of our favourite places to visit, the people are so friendly and the ladies are beautiful and always dressed to impress which we appreciate 😉 The energy and happiness is contagious and the sun is always shining. It really is a different world over there.
While you are there, Hollywood is a must see…Tinseltown, where starlets are discovered on every street corner (or at least we like to think they are), and the tinted windows of that stretch limo might be hiding a Cruise, Hanks, or Anniston. And in the hills, a big sign stretches across with letters as big as your dreams—Hollywood. Visit iconic sites filled with celebrity footprints or wax likenesses—maybe even catch a real one in the flesh at a movie premier or awards show. Anything is possible in Hollywood.
Venice Beach is the ultimate L.A. neighborhood where the surf meets the human circus. Spend a day along Venice’s palm-lined, beachfront boardwalk and you might spot a skateboarding guitarist, a guy juggling chainsaws, bodybuilders, and bikinis. You may also see some of the country’s best pickup basketball games on local outdoor courts, as well as fearless skateboarders on the skateboard nestled right in the sands of Venice Beach. Find a bench to watch the passing parade, or become part of it, by renting beach cruiser bikes to follow Venice’s stretch of the 22-mile/35-km Marvin Braude Coastal Bike Trail, linking Santa Monica to Torrance.
Universal Studios, movie magic, mega attractions – If Hollywood is the land of make-believe, then this is your chance to step into that fantasy world. On a sprawling complex on the east side of the Hollywood Hills, this movie studio/part theme park blends behind-the-scenes tours with rides that swoosh, swoop, and dive through movie-themed worlds. An adjacent, neon-lit complex of shops, eateries, and entertainment spaces known as Universal CityWalk lets you stretch out the experience beyond the park.
The Grove is another must visit, great place for families and just to go hang out. It is such a stunning place. They have everything you want there. Restaurants are outstanding, shops galore and even a beautiful mini water fountain show accompanied with music, very much like at the Bellagio in Las Vegas (but on a much smaller scale ;).
The Grove is anchored by Nordstrom and has flagship stores for British fashion chain Topshop/Topman, Barnes & Noble, and Apple. Other stores in the center include Michael Kors, two-story GAP and J.Crew locations, Nike, MAC Cosmetics, COACH, Anthropologie, Barneys New York CO-OP, Kiehl’s, and American Girl Place.
The Grove’s many restaurants include chains like La Piazza, The Cheesecake Factory and Blue Ribbon Sushi Bar and Grill. The Original Farmers Market, located adjacent to The Grove and owned by the A.F. Gilmore Company, features numerous non-chain restaurants that have existed there for some decades. The main entertainment venue is a 14-screen movie theater complex owned by Pacific Theatres. During the Christmas shopping season, fake snow is produced periodically during the night. In mid-November, the Grove Christmas Tree goes up. At 110 feet, it is the tallest Christmas tree in the city of Los Angeles.
Americana Way at Glendale is a little gem, a place which is similar to The Grove, beautiful water fountain show, restaurants and shops. It is even more beautiful at night, all lit up and full of atmosphere and glee. If you have the chance to go here…do!
Each seaside town is unique, offering distinctive landmarks such as Santa Monica’s famous pier, Venice’s iconic Muscle Beach, and Malibu’s stunning shorelines and Getty Villa.
Santa Monica, this oceanfront city, bounded by a 3½-mi/5½-km-long beach, feels like a weekend getaway spot even though it’s only 15 miles/24 kilometers west of downtown Los Angeles. The pier is amazing and great atmosphere.
Griffith Observatory, Southern California’s gateway to the cosmos! Visitors can look through telescopes, explore exhibits, see live shows in the Samuel Oschin Planetarium, and enjoy spectacular views of Los Angeles and the Hollywood Sign, plus its free admission 🙂 always a bonus lol.
The Ivy on Robertson Boulevard is one of L.A.’s leading celebrity hangouts, attracting a virtual Who’s Who of Hollywood stars and moguls. Since it is an open, patio restaurant, there are often paparazzi camped out across the street, hoping for photos of arriving celebs. The Ivy may well be the only restaurant in Los Angeles surrounded by a white picket fence. here’s an enticing patio outside, framed by (what else?) ivy. Inside the country cottage, its busy dining rooms are filled with rustic antiques, lots of flowers, and folksy touches. The menu is American, but with a strong emphasis on Louisiana/Cajun specialties and good desserts. Expect a lot of schmoozing and table hopping during from the players during lunch. The place to be to relax and watch the stars…
Last but not least you must pay a visit to the infamous Beverly Wilshire Hotel. In the heart of Beverly Hills – steps from renowned Rodeo Drive shops – the Beverly Wilshire buzzes with vitality from dramatic renovations, blending tradition and trend. See-and-be-seen dining and glamorous events are balanced by quiet, personal comfort in the spa, the pool and luxury guest rooms. You must go for lunch or even just drinks if you are not staying at this hotel and have a wander around, the building is beautiful and full of history and charm and you really are treated very special.
Los Angeles holds a very special place in our hearts, it gave us a true sense of belief and that anything is possible in life, the energy, the positiveness, the ambition there is contagious. If you have the chance to go…GO! If you don’t have the chance, make one!! You will not regret it, it will change your life. This place is a blessing and we are so grateful we made that first step and went all those years ago. The sun always shines in Los Angeles and we will always have the most amazing memories of LA… Until next time… We will be seeing you LA. The Twins Take On…