#lifeisrosie: our Californian dream!
“Mummy, let’s never go home!”, Rosalia expressed on our second day in Santa Monica.
We lived the Californian dream for 3 weeks and what a dream it was: sun, sea, shopping, great outdoor lifestyle, fantastic cafes and every child’s favourite: the original Disneyland Park.
It was our first Airbnb experience: it oozed style and was a stone’s throw away from the beach! To explore, hire a widely available Segway or a bicycle with a ‘kiddy wagon’, like we did. Turn left on Santa Monica beach and you eventually come to the buzzing, bohemian Venice Beach or walk 10 minutes to the right for the iconic Santa Monica pier, where Rosalia had the best time on the rides.
“The Lobster” is a landmark restaurant by the pier that lives up to its lobster hype. After indulging there, walk it off on the Third Street Promenade for some window shopping or dessert.
Driving along the Pacific Coast Highway was epic, especially next to my number one travel-buddy, on route to Zuma Beach in Malibu. On the way back we stopped at Nobu Malibu for her favourite black cod with miso. Another famous spot you must check out along this route is the cool and trendy Moonshadows, Malibu. Watch the sun set while sipping on cocktails and enjoying delicious food, I never know what to choose there; the entire menu is divine.
No LA trip is complete without a hike through Griffith Park to the Hollywood Sign. We took the Hollyridge Trail which is the shortest; even the drive to the trail felt like we were dream-house shopping.
Downtown Hollywood itself is a bit over-commercialised for me, but on your first trip there you can’t miss the famous Chinese Theatre or the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Years ago actress, Diane Louise Salinger took me for lunch at the Ivy on Robertson Boulevard after returning from the Angel Film Awards in Monaco which we co-hosted (just thought I’d shamelessly throw that one in). I immediately fell in love with this street: great for star-spotting and it’s home to one of my favourite shops, Kitson!
The icing on the cake was a 2 night visit to Disneyland Resort in Anaheim. It was truly magical, my only mistake was taking my daughter on Spacemountain, #epicfail! Let me clarify: it is NOT a simulator like I thought, it’s the big daddy of all rollercoasters and not for the weak-stomached like us, needless to say we spent the rest of the second day at the Disneyland Hotel pool which was equally amazing.
Make sure you clear one day for the ultimate discount shopping experience at the Outlets at Orange, Anaheim. I was on a mission, I did not get hungry or thirsty; I shopped until I could not physically carry another thing. I’m not proud of my behaviour but I bought some fantastic discounted couture gear!
All in all, not a place you want to visit on a budget, it was certainly not cheap but it was spectacular and one we will cherish forever.