I’ve visited LA a few times over the years, but think I saw it for the first time this trip. My overwhelming memory is that this is a city dominated by cars with almost no public transport, so I had warned Mark that we had to take taxis everywhere. How wrong I was. It seems that LA is working hard to reduce its carbon emissions and now has a fabulous rail system and buses seemingly go everywhere. We were able to pretty much get everywhere we wanted without taking a taxi.
I also had no memory of old style buildings, so was thrilled to find a few, even though I didn’t always know what their function is.
This building is the Pershing Square building and it’s a stunner.
and it has a glorious lobby. Look at that light fitting!
This time we stayed down by the beach and enjoyed walking along the boardwalk. We walked down to the Venice Beach pier and then walked the other way to the Santa Monica pier. I did take my Closet Case Patterns Sophie swimsuit with me intending to have a swim in the Pacific Ocean, but the weather just didn’t invite me to bare that much skin!
We walked down to the Santa Monica pier early in the morning, before anything was open and enjoyed walking round without crowds of people.
Even at that early hour there were several games of volleyball happening, and we stopped and watched for a minute. Some of the players were pretty impressive.
We caught public transport up to the Griffith Observatory, which is a must see attraction.
To get there catch a DASH bus which leaves from Vermont/Sunset. It costs very little and seems to run really regularly. We didn’t think we would be able to get up to the Observatory because of its distance from where we were staying, but the public transport system is so good that it was a breeze. I think what I’m trying to say is that if you visit LA, use the public transport as it’s easy and cheap.
The drive up to the Observatory is totally worth it on its own, passing through lovely suburbs full of interesting architecture, but the observatory was completely absorbing.
This device is called The Foucault Pendulum and was invented in 1851. It is credited with giving the first proof that the earth rotates on its axis.
The pendulum is a brass sphere and has a ring magnet suspended above it which keeps it in motion without influencing the direction of its swing. In Los Angeles the direction of swing rotates through a full circle in 42 hours, so the dial in the pit is divided into 42 segments.
I did geek out a little bit when I saw the Tesla Coil.
And finally, I was thrilled when Pam from https://www.instagram.com/pammyoh/ contacted me to say I was staying down the road from where she lived and would I like to catch up. She took me shopping at the LA branch of The Fabric Store, and I went mad with the Liberty knits. We were so engrossed that we completely forgot to take photographs, but I managed to get one whilst we were having coffee after the event.
It was so lovely to catch up with her as we have followed each other for a while now, and I was thrilled to visit this fabric store as I have now been to every one of their branches, and even better, bought fabric from every one of their stores!