He decided that there was plenty to do in and around town, and a myriad of things we had never done before here in LA that we should check out before running out of town and spending more money than we really can afford. And I must admit, despite all my pleading to escape this wasteland that we call home, staying here was actually really fun! And it made me stop and realize just what a diverse and interesting city we live in; I think I often don’t give LA her due credit. From downtown to the coast, to the valleys and the suburbs, she really ain’t too shabby!
We started in Downtown Los Angeles, where we enjoyed the photographs of Robert Frank’s Americans collection on display at the MOCA. It was very fitting work to see on the 4th of July. Then we explored among the skyscrapers, had a drink or two at the rotating Bona Vista Lounge in the Westin Bonaventure Hotel (really gave us an amazing 360 degree view or all of Los Angeles.) And we ended up at the Los Angeles Music Center, which has always been one of my favorite places in town.
The following day we hiked in the Malibu Creek State Park (which sadly I heard they are closing due to a lack of funds) and spent the afternoon picnicking on the beach at Paradise Cove in Malibu. That’s a beach I have always wanted to visit, but never have before. It’s where they allegedly filmed the movie Gidget, which, for all it’s corniness and dated style, I absolutely adore. All in all, a very good weekend get-away!