This is Part Two in a series about the culture of Beverly Hills and Los Angeles, California. My earlier article compared the lifestyle of LA, with my hometown, Savannah, Georgia: https://www.happygreatday.com/postbest-of-los-angeles-and-savannah
Beverly Hills is a walking city. A couple groceries, pharmacies, fitness clubs, a hardware store, coffee shops, and endless downtown dining choices are all within easy access on foot. But there's also a convenient, free trolley service. Since I lived across the street from the main retail district for many years, I still bump into old friends here, and continue to think of the neighborhood as my second "home." The purpose of this latest visit was a dear friend’s wedding, which was an unforgettably romantic, private affair. My husband joined me on this trip, and since he'd never been to Los Angeles, we arrived a couple of days early, so that I could show him around.
Tommy is always learning new photography techniques (and experimenting with me as his on-camera guinea pig). We actually circled back on the following day for him to photograph Artist Carol Bove's large steel sculptures, one of which is pictured below. Her latest artwork, commissioned by the city of Beverly Hills, was so magical that it was easy to just play, and follow my husband's direction to "forget I am taking pictures."
There's always a nice surprise around every corner, a short distance from this park. We had heard about the art and travel Louis Vuitton X exhibition and pop-up shop, on North Rodeo Drive (which is open through November 10, 2019). And I'm pleased to say this show exceeded our expectations. Besides decadent fashions, and luxurious leather handbags, we were treated to eye candy interior design and décor.
… It was a good thing I remembered to pack flats in my purse when we made our way on down the street to Barney’s and walked up the long staircase to the restaurant on the fifth floor.
Retail purchases can be pricey at Barney’s. But you can indulge in a taste of Chanel for dessert for only around $10.00 at La Patisserie Artistique in the Rodeo Collection, just down the street.
From La Patisserie we were only a short walk to The Beverly Wilshire Hotel. Who could forget this luxurious place from the movie "Pretty Woman."
Later on our trip we took a bus tour of LA and saw a number of other movie set locations, including the Los Palmas Hotel. Remember that famous scene in "Pretty Woman" where Edward (Richard Gere) climbed up these stairs for Vivian (Julia Roberts)?
Tommy and I make a point of trying to take a tour bus ride anytime we can when we’re visiting a new town. (I can highly recommend the company "LA City Tours," which conveniently picked us up in Beverly Hills.) Following a great tour we chose to get off the bus on Sunset Boulevard so we could go crate digging at Amoeba Music, the world’s largest independent record store.
After Amoeba we couldn’t resist taking a short walk to my favorite vintage resale store anywhere in any city (on the planet). I’d rather buy some articles of clothing new, but motorcycle jackets are best broken in. That said, Iguana Vintage Clothing is the best place I’ve ever seen for the largest selection of buttery soft, worn-in leather jackets.
As for shopping at food markets, there are many in Los Angeles to choose from, but my new favorite is Grand Central Market, downtown. This huge, internationally diverse array of fresh produce stands and restaurants is buzzing with excitement. But I recommend taking your lunch across the street from the market to another great attraction -- away from the crowd -- at Angels' Flight Railway. The ride has two cars going in opposite directions on a shared cable, on the 298 feet long inclined railway leading up to a public promenade.
From downtown LA we took an Uber to the popular Sunset Junction area where there’s a walkable strip of hipster retail boutiques and restaurants. Immersing ourselves in the bustling urban culture of Silverlake was a thrill, but my favorite thing about this area is the rainbow colored Hidden Painted Stairs at Micheltorena Street and Sunset Boulevard.
… After several days of shopping, visiting friends, and seeing tourist attractions, Tommy and I were hoping to scout a treat for our next trip when we stopped by The Millenium Biltmore. What we found in the interior of this architectural masterpiece was the highest level of luxury. On our next visit I'd like to have afternoon high tea at the Rendevous Court.
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