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Downtown, tortas and sunsets

Our adventure continues!

Day 3

On Sunday Luke and I buckled up our shoes and headed to Downtown LA. Downtown is certainly an odd place. Lots of beautiful but run down buildings, barbed wine and a so called fashion district.

downtown la

However, this is not what we were here to see.

puebla de los angeles

We were here to indulge my love of all things Mexican at the Pueblo de Los Angeles. This part of town is where the city of Los Angeles first began in 1781. I found myself some lovely Mexican treasures, and a lovely big torta de carnitas (pulled pork sandwich). My vegetarianism wanes around Mexican food …

torta carnitas

We then took the metro to Hollywood, where Luke was immediately underwhelmed. This is a mandatory reaction I believe. Hollywood is dirty, touristy and generally not very pleasant. So we hustled ourselves down the walk of stars, took some obligatory photos and saw the Hollywood sign.

holly and marilyn

We then treated Luke to a visit to Amoeba Music, where he indulged his love of records. We passed this bar on the way. We didn’t go in.

big wangs

After an iced coffee break, we took the bus for an hour and a half from Hollywood to Santa Monica. The long drive was  fun, we saw the city change from grotty Hollywood to lovely Beverly Hills in a street. The city just changes in a moment.

Once at the beach, we found a food truck and shared a half litre of Mexican Coca-Cola (which has real sugar and is delicious) and some veggie, shrimp and chicken tacos.

food truck tacos

We then took our little bodies down the Santa Monica Pier to watch the sunset. Very pleasant.

santa monica sunset

All in all a very successful day.

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Tacos, art and traffic

Los Angeles has treated us damn well so far. We’ve seen art, eaten tacos, been stuck in traffic, seen the sea and the hills. Sean and Jess are looking after us so well and we’ve been eating like kings.

Day 1

We took ourselves on an adventure to the Los Angeles Country Museum of Art to see an amazing Stanley Kubrick exhibition, and my favourite Latin American Art section.


Diego Rivera, El Dia de las Flores, 1925

We then made our way through the sweaty streets (SoCal is having a heat wave!), to the Farmers Market where we partook in tacos and frozen bananas.

Tacos with mushies, succotash, pork and mole chicken.

luke banana
There is always money in the banana stand.

Day 2

Yesterday we took a jaunt around LA to UCLA, Echo Park Lake, and around Echo Park and Silverlake, then up along Mulholland Drive and back through Malibu and Santa Monica along the Pacific Coast Highway. Lots of traffic and lots of beautiful views.

sean and luke ucla
Sean and Luke at UCLA, where Sean studies.

Echo Park Lake. I ate a paleta.

luke and holly mulholland drive
City of Angels. Not bad.

We rounded off the day with spaghetti and clams from Jess’s work. Tough. Three more days here then we scoot down to the beach …

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