We arrived in LA in the afternoon, and basically went straight to High Rooftop Lounge in Venice to catch up with my cousing that lives in LA and watch the beautiful sunset.
My mother and brother in law arrived late, and after picking them up at the airport we went to our hotel (Hampton Inn Carson), which it is far away from any of the beautiful areas of LA and it was hard to find a place to dine, but oh well, we were looking for a cheap hotel right?
After our included breakfast, we left the hotel around 9:00am and drove to Hollywood Walk of Fame.
I wanted a picture of the Hollywood sign but we didn’t have much time to do the hiking of the Griffith Park (check this web for more places to see the Hollywood sign) so we went to the fourth floor of Hollywood and Highland mall to take the best quick picture you can take from central LA (definetely not the best picture of the sign).
Parking was 2$ every 30minutes. This is next to the walk of fame, Dolby Theater, etc., so you can maybe park there and walk a little bit around. We didn’t do it because we didn’t have much time and our main focus in this trip were the Pacific Highway, San Francisco and some of the National Parks, so we focussed our little time in LA in what we wanted to see.
Our next stop was the Neutra VDL, an studio and residence designed by Richard Neutra, an international seminal figure of twentieth century modern architecture (there was an architect among us). 15$ the tour. It was really nice and I loved seen something different in LA than just the walk of fame. Five minutes walking from there we found this restaurant called Gingergrass Silverlake, a vietnamese, I was so happy we found this place, veggies!!!
From there we drove to Venice Beach, and walked along the beach for a while. I loved the vibe here, people on their bikes, or playing volleyball, beautiful. It was a Saturday and it was really easy to park (public parking, 2.5$ per hour).
We then drove to Malibu for about an hour, to stop in its pier.
We continued through the Pacific Highway until Pismo Beach where we slept in a little motel called Premier Inn Pismo Beach, 100$ per room. We found all the hotels in this highway to be expensive, but oh well, welcome to California.
Our dinner was in a fast sea food restaurant called Splash, it wasn’t bad and at least it was fast because we were tired after the 4-5 driving hours.
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