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Published: August 24th 2017
The second half of our trip was from Santa Barbara with its patriotic American flag lined main street and purple Jacaranda dotted streets. It has a nice beach with a mountain backdrop and plenty of shops around. We then entered L.A from the north and arrived at the Celebrity Stars to start with. I didn't realise that they extend for hundreds of meters on both sides of the road. If you did want to locate a specific star then i'd say to get a map that way you would find it easier.
We then went to go up the hill for some city views but as it was a public holiday, the only options were to park halfway up the hill and walk or drive right through. We got a glimpse of the surprisingly small city centre high-rises. We came out on the other side and completed our loop via a view of the Hollywood sign from a fast food car park.We also went briefly through Beverly Hills and past Santa Monica pier with the aim of spending more time at Venice Beach.
Venice beach was our favourite bit of our half a day in the north of L.A.
There is a big mixture of alternative shops, activities, beach and sun to spend a full day exploring the area. We really joyed hiring a bike and cruising along the bike path while other people cruised in other forms like long-boards and roller blades. It's quite easy to ride from Venice beach to Santa Monica Pier.
From one family to another, it was the week of the wedding and we enjoyed some amazing accommodation in the heart of Laguna Beach where we enjoyed family time, walks, beer pong, barbeques, basketball and diner dining. We also spent a special two days with both sets of parents and visited Newport Beach where we all hired bikes for a ride along the beach. We also got our taste buds stuck in to some bright blue jelly shots, not very enjoyable taste wise but a funny experience.
Other places we visited was San Clemente but didn't fancy a dip in the shark infested waters this time round. We also visited Mission Viejo and surrounding oldest street in America with a few nice small shops. Both were quite nice to visit and presented a different side to the L.A area.
our first American wedding festivities on that weekend and before we knew it the two week trip was over in a click of a finger. We thoroughly enjoyed being able to spend it with family and travel in a different culture based on our previous, mostly Asian, travels.
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