Natrice and her husband took a trip to the west coast to visit with friends and got the perfect balance of tourist/resident life in their long weekend. From Hollywood Blvd. to historic Watts, our favorite travel blogger had lots of food, fun, and took tons of photos.
Check out Natrice's recap in her Be Bold desk size journal below.
When I visit certain cities like Miami, LA or any warm city, I feel the need to take photos of palm trees! I think they are absolutely beautiful.
Los Angeles was our first official trip of 2016. We thought that we would escape the chilly, Atlanta weather. Little did we know, January is the LA's coldest, rainiest month.
Typically, I don't care for the tourist traps, but since this was my 1st time in Los Angeles, it was only right to head over to Hollywood Blvd!
The only star that I had to see was Michael Jackson!
I pretty much ignored every star until I got to his. After I snapped 2 million photos, I was ready to go.
I still can't believe I had to wear a leather jacket & scarf. It was cold!
I love hopping on public transportation when I'm in different cities. It's such a cool way to get an unofficial tour of the city! I was able to get a glimpse of all the different neighborhoods in LA. The Watts neighborhood has so much history, so I had to snap this mural while riding.
Whenever I'm on public transportation in a city. I feel the need to put my headphones on & listen to songs that were made about the city. It's so corny but it makes me enjoy the scenery a lot more.
I took better shots of DTLA, but I love this one because it takes me back to the fun I had in the car with our friends. We at at Wurstkuche then parked & did some bar hopping to celebrate the hubby's birthday!
Downtown LA used to be known for its old buildings & homeless population but these days, it is experience a revolution. We checked out tons of cool bars & lounges, as well as the super cool art district.
To say I ate a lot while in Los Angeles would be an understatement. Although we were only in town for about 4 days, we managed to check out a lot of great restaurants & bars.
I couldn't come to LA without visiting the legendary Roscoe's House of Chicken & Waffles. It wasn't that great, but my friends said I went to the wrong location.
Wurstkuche is a super cool spot in DTLA with gourmet sausages & Belgian beers. They had flavors like lamb, chicken, and even rattlesnake. I did not try the rattlesnake.
One of my favorite spots was Tavern on 2 in Long Beach. They had an amazing brunch menu & best of all... Bottomless mimosas!
I absolutely love street art. The more I travel, the more I start recognizing the work of certain artists. I think it's amazing to travel all over the world, creating art and adding your own imprint in each place. As I was walking down Hollywood Blvd, this piece caught my eye and I automatically knew that it was a BANKSY piece! I especially loved it because I figure thats what I look like all the time with my camera.
DTLA has a pretty cool art scene. The area by Wurstkuche had so many beautiful murals everywhere...
I was able to get a little bit of beach time in sans bikini and sunglasses. We took an amazing drive through long beach and ended up in Ranchos Palo Verdes. We went to the amazing resort overlooking the ocean called Terranea Resort. It was a cold and rainy day so we sat inside and had coffee to talk life, mortgages - old people stuff. I must admit, doing old people stuff isn't so bad!
Before we headed out on Sunday, we met up with my good friend Yeyo from college for Breakfast. We went to this cool breakfast spot near LAX called The Coffee Co. We ate ourselves silly. We ordered chicken, biscuits with gravy, breakfast scrambles and bacon. It was way too much food, but life is a celebration!
In only a few days, I got to experience LA in a fun yet authentic way. I saw the legendary sites, but still got a nice dose of the local life in all of the different neighborhoods. On our last night, we hung out in Anaheim at the packing district. I saw this quote and had to snap a photo. It's now my new motto: "Your body is not a temple, it's an amusement park. Enjoy the ride."