Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Los Angeles vacation: beachside.

Los Angeles is underrated in my opinion.  I don't think many people who live in San Diego consider taking a vacation to Los Angeles, but we actually love it there. Our goal for this vacation was to do what we already love to do in San Diego, but in a new place. We rented an AirBnB for seven nights in Venice, walking distance to the beach, Abbot Kinney Boulevard, and Santa Monica. We made a Los Angeles bucket list, and figured we would get to what we could and do the rest on another trip. 

Here's what was on our initial bucket list:
  • Trying new food
  • Exploring street art
  • Walking the Venice canals
  • Walking Abbot Kinney Boulevard
  • Playing at the beach
  • Riding bikes along the beach bike path 
  • Riding bikes to Santa Monica 
  • Going to the California Science Center to see the Space Shuttle Endeavor
  • Going to the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles
  • Going to the Griffith Park Observatory
  • Riding on the Griffith Park Train
  • Exploring Silverlake 
  • Visiting The Broad Museum 
  • Exploring the LACMA 
  • Going to the La Brea Tar Pits
  • Going to the Automotive Museum
  • Going to the Getty Villa

Traveling with our kids is always a challenge with new surroundings, schedules, and sleeping arrangements, but Los Angeles was kind of a perfect vacation for a family with young kids. 

We stayed beachside for four days, riding bikes to get around, and then ventured inland three days (which I'll share in another post). Los Angeles has a lot of character, and Venice Beach is quirky. Apparently, it was intended to be a mix between Venice, Italy, Egypt, and Coney Island. While I'm not sure where the Egypt part is, I think it achieves a mix between Venice, Italy and Coney Island (with a little too much Coney Island for my liking). 

Food we enjoyed: Dune (Mediterranean), Gjusta (delicious sandwiches and baked goods), Intelligentsia (coffee), The Rose (a nicer restaurant)

We also ate some food that we thought was a bit overrated (Eggslut, Blue Star Donuts, Komodo), which made us realize that we actually have a lot of really delicious food here in San Diego, so we are a bit spoiled. 

Walking around Venice:
Wandering around Abbot Kinney Boulevard:
Venice Beach:
Riding bikes to Santa Monica:
Cambria and I went on the Ferris Wheel together:
The kids enjoyed the Carousel on the Santa Monica Pier:
Fun biking and scooting along the beach boardwalk:
Everett's favorite piece of street art (since it was a larger version of him):
Riding bikes to Marina Del Rey to see this public art installation:

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