This is my first time living on the west coast. For 10 years I lived in Boston and NY and as you can tell I'm and an east coast-northern girl. I suck it up with rough winters and having to walk around slush and snow that almost reaches my knees. I've dealt with the beautiful springs and autumns, especially the New England ones. I've dealt with the horribly hot humid summers. So as you can tell I'm use to the life and style of Massachusetts and New York. To get to LA it should take us 2 hours, but because people in LA cannot drive it can take us from the 3 hours, with good traffic, to almost 5 hours with traffic that leave the city at 3pm! On Saturday was our first official visit to LA, we went there about two weeks ago but I had to go to the Spanish Consulate and the weather was horrible. First of we had no clue where to go. We followed directions to downtown LA which, come to find out, is the food-fashion-market district which evidently, as we saw, was completely shut down on Saturday. Sick of driving around we put in the GPS Hollywood, and again ended up driving for 30 minutes to get to point B. We were able to see, from the car, the Hollywood sign and the Griffith Observatory, which, as I recall, was in the movie "Rebel Without A Cause"....James Dean fan here! We drove by Paramount Studios and we were able to see an essence of the 1940s and 1950s architecture that is still scarcely around LA. When I think of LA I think of those two decades and glamour, but what I saw was pretty run down, unless you went to the high end neighborhoods, and nothing out of the ordinary. I guess I was expecting something else and what I got was not even close. What you do see and find in LA is a lot of malls and a lot people trying to be today's version of glamour but what ends up in being a disaster.
I hope I can go back and see a different version of LA, maybe even the one that I have envisioned.