When I visited L.A in March, one of the places I fell in love with the most was Santa Monica. With our old-school art deco hotel nestled on the seafront, even on a grey day (the day we arrived, obviously) it felt like it had something special about it that I couldn’t quite put my finger on.
Fast forward seven months and on our last full day in the city Carrie and I decided to make a little day of it- beginning the day in Abbott Kinney (and lunch with our favourite U.S gal), strolling through Venice and winding up at Santa Monica pier as the day started coming to an end.
With a late lunch on the cards, we headed to The Butcher’s Daughter on Abbott Kinney (somewhere that always catches me off guard with how healthy and L.A it is) with Courtney- but still successfully managed to tick pizza off the menu, and leaving enough room to scout out dessert later. Having never been to Venice before, afterwards we took a stroll along to its infamous beach, peppered with ~skater boiz~, what I called ‘a lot of bodies’ (lol yes I am 80 thanks for asking) and several beach front shops that reminded me slightly of a coastal Camden market. It’s definitely somewhere I’m glad we visited, and although the canals will definitely be next on my list for when I return, it was definitely a fun pocket of town, and worlds away from other neighbourhoods in the city.
After leaving Courtney (come to London soon, lady)! Carrie and I continued along the front until we gradually arrived at Santa Monica pier. Stopping for water breaks on the grassy spots en route (naturally with actors reading scripts) the pier was a stark contrast to the modest seaside ones we have in the U.K, but was still packed with funfair rides, old-school food spots and incredibly beautiful views along the bay. Ironically, it was when we took a stroll alongside the pier on the sand that it really felt magical.
With the sun going down and the shadows of the Ferris wheel dancing by our feet, golden hour really feels special that side of the world. With our day coming to an end, it was time for us to catch an Uber back across town, just in time for an evening with Alex Turner and co. over at Hollywood Bowl- what a day indeed!