Los Angeles For the Fat Traveler


Now LA really got me, and I'm 100% putting it on in to the universe that one day I'll live there. There's just something so chilled (minus the awful traffic) about it. Each place just has a vibe that I get and that pulls me in even further. Now there is SO much to do here. But I'm going to list my tips and tricks that I discovered whilst there.


Hollywood Sign
Everyone wants to see it and it really is a true reminder of where you are. I remember driving down the 101 and looking in my rear mirror and seeing it and SCREAMING. But (and I take no responsibility for tickets if you get one - like we almostttttt maybe nearly did) but I'm going to list two locations where you can get the money shot. The first is turning off Franklin Ave up N Beachwood Drive. As you drive and look up you'll get the sign clear infront with the palms surrounding. Carrying on up this road, type in Mulholland HWY and through the bendy roads (you've been warned) where it meets with Ledgewood Dr there is a street that is shut off to traffic, but if you walk up you end up right underneath the sign (see pics.) We spent all of 5 minutes, parked by one of the houses and came back to the park ranger handing out tickets, which we didn't get luckily as it looks like we were pardoned as we came back at the right time haha. If not there is the Innsdale trail which isn't far away from this location, but I believe at the furthest end has suitable parking (don't quote me.)





Griffith Observatory

Another location you can see the sign (all be it slightly turned away) the Griffith Observatory is a must. Even if you're not in to your planets or stars etc, I'd say this is a must do. The views alone are worth it. If you're not bothered by going in, head up before midday and the place opens. The parking is free, it's quieter, but you may catch the morning smog which doesn't make the sky line SO clear. If you are heading up after and still don't don't want to go in, parking is $4 a hour and max to 2 if I remember correctly. Dependent on how busy it is they do close the road up and you end up having to park up further down and walking. They still allow you up but yes be prepared to walk. Anyway if you don't want to go in you're free to roam around the outside the building. If you do want to go in there's no charge to look around (highly recommend it.) BUT regardless of if you're in to it or not pleaseeeeee go and see a show in the planetarium. It is life changing and absolutely bloody amazing and only $7. I saw Water is life and was told it wasn't the best out of all three, but boy it blew me AWAY. Other than that, it really is a beautiful relaxing place to take in the views.




Murals

Okay LA is known for it's art and graffiti. Every corner you turn there's pretty much something to see. Whether it's art from the store attached to it, tagged by a graffiti artist, there's something to take a cool picture against. The BEST murals I found are attached to the following shops and cafes along Melrose Ave. Carrera Cafe (right oppisite Paul Smiths famous pink wall too) Sorella Boutique, House Of CB (right by Dash - Kardashians store which is actually closing, Glossier LA store, and also Marc Jacobs - which is covered in fake grass which could make a awesome backdrop.) We took the walk from Sorella Down to House of CB and not only saw these must shots, but even more on both sides of the street. I regret not going further up in the opposite direction as I'm 100% sure there'd be even more discoveries to be made. Oh and I'd highly recommend taking a pit stop at Carrera Cafe and getting something printed on your coffee foam ;).








Dining

Okay, we stayed in West Hollywood and I'd recommend in a heart beat. It was so accessible to everything, and some nights we didn't need to take the car and could walk to places and have a fancy cocktail or two (or if not it made an uber incredibly cheaper.) In this area it is fancy (although we did have Ihop and shake shack near.) We dined at Barton G (very theatrical - think Heston,) Craigs - A lot of celebs dine here - it's the olive garden for the famous (highly recommend as the food was insane and the chocolate bread butter pudding - well I still have dreams about it,) If you're a fan of the real house wives of BH and Lisa Vanderpumps spin off Vanderpump Rules head down to Sur lounge and PUMP. The attention to detailw itht he decor is insane, the food and drinks amazing, and you may end up bumping in to someone off the show (yes I met Schena.) Also it's only on a Sunday but head to Larual Hardware for brunch. Other than that I'd highly recommend having a good research of the types of food you like, or what type of environment it is you're looking for, because West Hollywood probably is the best place to find it.











Sunset Strip

For you rockers out there, the Sunset Strip is a MUST. Whiskey Go Go, Viper Lounge, The Roxy, The Rainbow. All along this street history screams at you like a lead singer in a metal band. It blew me away. My favourite bands, stars they all walked this street at some point. My regret is not going to a show (it will happen) but we did eat and have some drinks at the rainbow, then made our way down to each location just to say we'd been. This would definitely be my place to go for a night out.




Venice & Santa Monica Pier

Want to be chilled, entertained and really fall in love with a place? Well Venice my friends is the place. It's vibe is electric and the sights you see strange, wacky yet wonderful. I'd suggust giving yourself a day here, to explore and also get that relax in on the beach whilst of course dipping your toes in the pacific ocean. For Santa Monica pier I'd suggust parking in the Santa Monic Place open mall. The parking was so cheap, there's food and restaurants to browse, plus it's minutes walk away from the pier. The open car park there charges something stupid so for the sake of a short walk it's worth it. I'd then suggust taking the drive down along the coast to Venice. There's a lot of car parks along that roughly charge up to $15 for the day/a couple of hours. This obviously changes with seasons, distance near the boardwalk, but it's worth driving up and down. And then when you get there? Well there's shops, food, drinks, performers, an open gym (muscle beach - phwor the men) and literally anything else you could think of. Another hot spot for murals, and also that famous venice sign.







The Broad

Okay this hands down is my favourite musuem ever. The art collection and shear amount of it is insane, Jeff Koons, Basquiat, Yayoi Kusama's infinity light rooms, and the list goes on. My eyes were just lit up at each piece and seeing it up close. I could have got lost here all day. The contrast of size of things, colour, imagery, video, interaction. It really is a must if you are in to or not in to art. It's also right next to the the Walt Disney Music Hall, which just standing outside to is a piece of art in it's self. I'd absolutely love to attend a performance there, but they do do tours around if that'd your bag too. 








Disney

Okay I can't lie......Was I blown away by Disney California? I mean the incredibly helpful and welcoming staff made it, the fact it was my birthday also made it, but everything in comparison to size, was small :(. The first Disney land though I feel honoured to say I've been there. I'm a huge fan of Disney, and to me it really is the happiest place on earth. There's too many memories and happy connections for me to ever turn my back on the place, or grow up and forget. The rids were fab, and I found no issues with my size. The food options were amazing. Definitely search prior before going as people create lists of must have things. I highly recommend the Dole whip. I definitely think if you have the time in your trip to take a day out to go. We had a reservation for dinner as I wanted to celebrate at Barton G, but I think if I go back I'd go again and spend from morning to night there, especially to see the fireworks display. 




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