We are lucky enough to have family and friends living in wonderful spots in the US, so five years ago the girls and I spent three weeks visiting them all. Let’s start with L.A. and the city gorgeous beaches.
Santa Monica Beach - Los Angeles
We arrived late afternoon and were determined not to sleep in order to get used to the time change as quickly as possible. In the evening, our fabulous host, a dear friend of mine, took us to Malibu Beach for dinner. The girls were struggling a bit by then but in high spirits. We ordered calamari to share as a starter. When the food arrived, I realised that it would have been enough without ordering anything else… Our main courses were quite large too and as everything was very tasty, we left with enough to feed the four of us for a second night. Second Daughter had by then fallen asleep on her sister’s shoulder, but on waking up was as impressed as her sister with the way the leftovers were wrapped in the shapes of swans and crabs!
Palm Trees - Santa Monica Beach - Los Angeles
During the week, while our friend was working, we did a bit of sightseeing, some shopping and enjoyed Santa Monica Beach. The ocean was quite spectacular, but given the size of the waves we did not go swimming. Mitch, CJ and all were probably not far away but still, I was not prepared to take that risk… We also had fun at the Santa Monica Pier in the evenings, eating there, listening to some open-air live music and going on the various rides. I remember that a nice guy gave Second Daughter a basketball he had won and she was so adamant that she wanted to take it back to Switzerland that I ended up buying an extra suitcase… which came in handy for our purchases too!
Lifeguard Hut - Santa Monica Beach - Los Angeles
At the weekend, we had brunch with our friend, his lovely sister and her family in a restaurant and then headed off to Venice Beach for a bike ride along the ocean. I loved Venice Beach: Quirky shops, fun people, laid back atmosphere, I even got myself a henna tattoo. We rented some bikes and cycled all the way to Malibu Beach and back. We enjoyed every minute, a fantastic experience!
Santa Monica Statue - Santa Monica Beach - Los Angeles
Santa Monica Pier - Los Angeles
Shops - Venice Beach - Los Angeles
Harley Davidson Shop - Venice Beach - Los Angeles
Dogs Wearing Sunglasses - Venice Beach - Los Angeles


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32 thoughts on “Los Angeles Beaches”

  1. Ooh these brought back memories. I love LA, worked there for a short while during my stint in the U.S. There’s no better place to people watch than California, is there? Have never forgotten Venice beach but also managed to get down to Laguna and still have pics on my walls from there. Lovely photographs and story ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Thank you, happy the post brought back nice memories! ๐Ÿ™‚
      I have not been to Laguna, next trip then… ๐Ÿ˜‰ xx

    1. Thanks, it was! Unfortunately, it was five years ago… Could do with that sunshine right now! ๐Ÿ˜‰ xx

  2. Would so love to be at a place like thisโ€ฆ the beach, the weatherโ€ฆ Heaven! You guys are so lucky ๐Ÿ™‚ Stopping over from #WhatsTheStory and #MagicMoments.

    1. The first one if my favourite too… ๐Ÿ˜‰
      I thought injecting some colours into winter was a good idea! xx

  3. Wow what a fabulous post Katia, some amazing memories there! I love the photos too – just wonderful. We visited Santa Monica beach once – unintentionally we were en route to NZ and flight delays meant we couldn’t catch our connecting flight. We sat and people watched for a bit! Great post, thank you so much for sharing #whatsthestory

    1. Thank you, Charly, thought I would start a “US travel” series this week! ๐Ÿ˜‰
      Flight delays are a pain but sometimes you get to have some fun while waiting… ๐Ÿ™‚ xx

    1. Thank you! ๐Ÿ™‚
      Shame about the storm. Our trip was in July, we had amazing weather the whole time we were in L.A. xx

  4. Awesome pictures as usual Katia, you really do capture the spirit of the places you visit. I’m loving the dogs in shades – only in LA eh!

    Sorry I haven’t been about much, I’m catching up on all your posts now and I’ll email you xxx

    1. Thank you so much, Nichola, I do try to always “look beyond the obvious”… ๐Ÿ˜‰
      Only in LA indeed!

      No need to apologize at all, thanks for all the comments today. I did tweet you as I was getting a bit concerned with your absence in general! xx

    1. How fun! ๐Ÿ˜€ Sounds like you are due for another visit…
      Thank you, so many great photo opportunities! xx

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