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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