48 Hours in LA

The Santa Monica Ferris WheelA couple of weeks ago Mr Ship-Shape and I decided to have an impromptu weekend in LA, after we found out he needed to attend a conference there. Despite the distance, a flight down the coast was quicker than it takes to drive from Bristol to London, at just 52 minutes!

After spending the Friday together, relaxing by the pool, visiting Roscoe’s Chicken and Waffles and heading up to the Griffith Observatory to watch the sunset, I was left to my own devices during the day on Saturday and Sunday.

Although I’d been to LA many years ago, I was looking forward to exploring again. It was so much hotter than I remembered, and I was in awe of the runners and cyclists out in the midday heat, looking like they could be on the cover of a magazine. I spent Saturday morning walking from Santa Monica to Venice Beach, which was beautiful. Venice in particular was bustling with street performers, skateboarders, tourists and the occasional muscle man walking around.

On Sunday I got up at an eye-watering 6am so that I could make it to Pasadena for the Rose Bowl Flea Market. We didn’t have a car so I relied on getting around by public transport, hence the early start. The Rose Bowl Flea is one of the largest events of its kind in South California and is packed with stalls selling everything from vintage linens to mid-century furniture and even old film props. Needless to say that I was in my element there, and if we weren’t flying back with only carry-on luggage, I could have bought twice as much as I did.

After the flea market it was time to head back to LAX for our flight home to San Francisco. It was a whirlwind trip but one that’s left me looking forward to more weekend adventures. Here’s what 48 hours in LA looks like through the lens of my camera…

Sunset over west LAGriffith Observatory at duskRoscoes chicken and waffles signRoscoes chicken and wafflesLA palm treesSanta Monica boardwalk signSanta Monica beach boardwalkVenice Beach graffitiSkateboarder at Venice BeachConverse street artHollywood walk of fame starsGreen smoothieRollerblading and dog walkingThe Rose Bowl StadiumHands for sale at Rose Bowl Flea MarketOld copies of Life magazine for sale

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  1. March 22, 2015 / 5:21 pm

    Gosh, this makes me dream of visiting LA! Such lovely photos, I bet it’s awesome. :)

  2. March 22, 2015 / 10:34 pm

    Looks like you’re having better weather than we’re having in the UK :).

    You know, I’ve been absent for a while and was confused with your first sentence as I thought you flew from Bristol – LA in 52 minutes. Then I read your about me page and you mentioned that you had moved to San Francisco. I hope that you’re really enjoying it, sorry I didn’t realise before!

    Sarah xo

    • SJ
      May 26, 2015 / 11:50 pm

      Thanks Sarah! Yeah, it’s a bit of a change but I love it over here. I wish flights were that fast from the UK to the US though! x

  3. March 23, 2015 / 11:39 am

    I had always wanted to go to the Pasadena flea market but could never get anybody to drive out there with me!

    • SJ
      May 26, 2015 / 11:49 pm

      It was a bit of a misson (two trains plus an Uber to and from the station in Pasadena) but so worth it! I would have been able to buy so much more if we’d had our own set of wheels though…

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