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Los Angeles, California Travel Diary

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Finally! Part 3 of my California Roadtrip and I can't even believe it has been almost three months since I got back from the roadtrip of my life. It is no secret that I loved the west coast, but re-watching all these pictures makes me want to buy a one way ticket to LA! Weirdly enough I loved being surrounded by the spectacular lifestyles of the rich (and wannabes) and famous. It makes me have a little hope that the American Dream still lives, doesn't it? I like to believe we Millenials are re-inventing it, but that's a whole 'nother blog post!

My favorite part of this SoCal part of the trip? Santa Monica! My life goals currently consist of moving to an apartment overlooking the Pier, owning a teal color bike with a basket and eat from the farmers market everyday right after and intensive Pilates Class. #DREAMLIFE 

Everything in southern California was healthy, earthy and colorful, which is my jam right there. I loved how everyone enjoyed themselves outdoors and walked their dogs everywhere. Even inside the fanciest stores! And don't even get me started with the weather... 70 degrees Farenheit of pure bliss and those beautiful rays of sunlight that make everyone and anything look pretty. I'm convinced that is Instagram Celebrities' best kept secret. 

Of course, we had to take the most cliched picture in the world and stop by the Hollywood sign! But honestly, that's the least fun part out of all the sightseeing you get to see in this really small town to my surprise.

I don't even remember what this monument stands for, I just loved how it overlooked the crazy highway. 

Something about the sunlight and that there was no cloud in the sky made me take this picture. It's just a billboard with no ad, but I found it gorgeous.

Oh The Grove! Such a beautiful place to hang out if you love shopping and being outdoors. It's not just an outdoor mall, it's more like a place where people meet and can take a sunbath while eating what they got from the Farmers Market. I'm in LOVE.

Of course we had to stop by Rodeo Drive and Beverly Hills! Luckily for us, we were still on Puerto Rican time and we arrived before the stores actually opened so that made window shopping even easier! 

Me, rocking my Asics as if they were Manolo's. 

One of my favorite museums! The Los Angeles County Museum of Arts (LACMA) I loved how modern, bizarre and tangible it was. I could be playing at that museum all they long. And the stores where just fenomenal for everyone who appreciates fashion, art books and modern art. 

And now for my favorite part of LA... *drum rolls* Santa Monica!

This is the happiest place in LA. Where people are nicier, fitter and just full of joy. Just take a look at these pictures and try to tell me I'm wrong:

Santa Monica Pier, which #funfact is the end of the Route 66!

The bikes, the flowers, the stores, the sky...

This is the entrance to a fabulous Ralph Lauren store! Don't you just want to live there?

Just a lovely salon I spotted walking down the streets near the Pier. 

Sadly this is the last part of my California Travel Diary that I really truly enjoyed sharing with you guys. I really hope you enjoyed it as much as I did and that it motivates you to start saving for your next trip.

If you wish to read part 1 and 2 of my Cali Adventure, click here:

- Part 1: San Francisco

- Part 2: Napa Valley & Big Sur

- Instagram Travel Diary

Until next time!

María Elena

Napa Valley and Big Sur Travel Diary

TravelMaría Elena RodríguezComment

Believe it or not, I am still daydreaming about California. I'm not even going to lie, but I get little butterflies when I see the Fuller House logo on Netflix because I had such a great time in San Francisco! But believe it or not, those two days in between San Francisco and LA were just magical and here's why:

First of all: Napa is a must when you go to California because wine. Duh! Even though the grapes were not in season yet and the weather was AWFUL, my mom and I had a great time exploring the vineyards. We went to Sterling Vineyards which is the only vineyard in Napa with an aerial tram *cough* tourist trap *cough* and to be 100% honest with you guys, these were not my favorite wines ever but hey, I wine tasted in Napa! Bucket list: Check!

But now, let's get to my favorite part: Big Sur! 

I found out about this magical place through a Youtuber. This travel blogger decided she was going to do a solo roadtrip through California and all she could tell her viewers was to not miss Big Sur once they do it. I remember her crossing the Bixby Bridge and I immediately knew I had to do it as well. 

Bixby Bridge - crossing it was scary AF guys!

Nope, this is not a Windows background. This is a picture of Big Sur taken by yours truly! :)

Not only was Big Sur breathtakingly beautiful with so many nature wonders and miles and miles of asphalt, sea and greenery (I'm not kidding here with the miles!), but you can actually see sea lions!! Out there just sun bathing.

Basically, if there's one thing I would love that you take out from this post is that if you don't have "driving through Big Sur" on your bucket list, you should go ahead and add it ASAP. It's one of those experiences that are so sublime, you have to experience it to actually believe it. 

So there you go! Part 2/3 of my California adventure! Now let me know on the comments bellow: have you been to the US West Coast? What was your favorite part?

Until next time!

María Elena

San Francisco, California Travel Diary

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After years of having visiting San Francisco on my bucket list, I finally got to do it! Plus, it was my first time in California ever, so I was dying for this new adventure. And to make things even better, I feel extremely grateful that I am at a moment in my life where I could actually take my mom with me and thank her for being an amazing mother for 25 years. So basically the best part about this trip was seeing my mom so happy and enjoying herself. It was a dream come true for her as well and she definitely deserved it. :) 

But before we start with the good stuff, I couldn't leave out the fact that we actually got to see the Grand Canyon from 36,000 feet above the sky. Yup! I saw the freaking Grand Canyon and I felt like a little kid seeing it from the little airplane window. Proof:

Exciting huh? Now let's get started:

If you follow me on Instagram, you know that I took a lot of pictures under the tag #ambinitytravels, and if you follow me on Snapchat (elenarodrz) you saw a lot more. I still can't believe I actually recorded myself crossing the Golden Gate with a plastic poncho under my helmet while wearing eyeglasses. Thank God for 24 hour videos! But let's get to the good part: 

San Francisco:

If you ask me one word to describe San Francisco I would simply say "ADORABLE". The first thing I noticed almost as we got off the plane was that everything is super colorful and flower scented. And I noticed this on very gloomy and rainy days as you will see on the pictures bellow. Also, I hope these pictures let you get a glimpse of the great taste the people have at the Bay! I can't even recall one ugly or damaged house. Every single place we went we saw beauty around us.  

Another beautiful thing we noticed is that even though California is going through a really rough drought, people have managed to keep their gardens green with the most brilliant techniques: flowers and succulents! 

One of my favorite places to visit were Fisherman's Wharf and Ghirardelli Square. As I said previously, everything in this city is so colorful and well maintained. So imagine that with chocolate and good seafood! What could go wrong? Absolutely nothing. I was in heaven. 

Did you know San Francisco had a Chinatown?! Neither did I and it's apparently one of the best in the US. It's a beautiful street to cross if you are planning to shop (or window shop) in Union Square, which is basically San Francisco's 5th Avenue. 

You could walk miles and miles around this city and never get bored. Every street you cross and every neighborhood you enter has a story that you don't need to hear or listen. Beauty is everywhere and you don't need to be an architect or have an artistic soul to appreciate it. San Francisco is really easy on the eyes!

The Painted Ladies: the place where I sat down and kept humming Full House's song the entire time. What a beauty! 

Also I developed a weird obsession with doors in San Francisco. I felt like each of them were a work of art and hid so much behind it. Hope you like these, they were my favorites. :)

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And last but not least, I couldn't leave out the crazy adventure of crossing the Golden Gate Bridge in a bike! And when I say crazy, I mean scary. Half way during my bike ride I remembered that I have a fear of heights and couldn't wait to get to Sausalito! I still don't know how I managed to take most of the pictures... but you know what?! I have absolutely no regrets and I am mostly glad I got to check that out of my bucket list! 

I really hope you enjoyed this post. Visiting San Francisco was on my bucket list for a long time and I couldn't wait to share it with you guys, so please let me know what you think about it! 

Stay tuned for next week's post: Napa Valley and driving through Big Sur!

Until then, 

María Elena <3