6…The Stuff to do: The Los Angeles Times Festival of Books

When I first went the book festival I had no idea what a book festival was.  I wandered around the little booths and grabbed a bit to eat at one of the many food trucks.  Over the next few years I have discovered the secret of the festival.   I love books, old books, new books,…

17…The Bookstores: The Last Bookstore

The Last Bookstore is a massive used bookstore.  Nestled in a vintage bank building downtown Los Angeles and it is more like an art gallery than a book store.  With its famous book sculptures and little shops upstairs selling art work from local artist.   This is a place to “hang”.  And with Cole’s and the…

19…The Islands: Catalina Island & the Channel Islands

Funny how there are so many cool places to go near Los Angeles that even native California’s have not visited.  Catalina Island is one of those places. I’ve been to Catalina twenty times or more.  I’ve sailed over on a Hobie Cat sailboat, I’ve taken the helicopter ride over – I’ve camped, stayed in the…

23…The Bookstores:  Skylight Books

This is a cozy little neighborhood bookstore.  They host a number of events and book clubs.  It is a great place to hang out and read and feel intellectual or just drown in their myriad of magazine from everywhere. Skylight Books  

27…The Coffee Shops: Aroma Coffee and Tea

One of my favorite coffee shops.  Maybe because there was a little bookstore in the back “A Portrait of a Bookstore” (closed in 2012) – or maybe because it is a walking distance from Spoiled, a day spa for indulgent massages – or maybe because it is a collage of little quaint rooms – that…

28…The Museums: California Science Center

Having raise my two children in Los Angeles, we’ve been to the California Science Center more than once.  But my favorite exhibit at the Science Center is the The Endeavor Space Shuttle.  Not because I am big NASA fan – but because of the amazing feat that occurred in 2012, transporting the shuttle the 12-miles…

32…The Bookstores: Downtown Library

It’s not really a bookstore, but the Central Library downtown is a place to see.  It is a perfect place to spend half a day wondering around, eat lunch, see an exhibit – read a little.   If you are like me, you enjoy being the presence of books.  I know it may sound strange to…

34…The Bookstores: Bodhi Tree

To say that I love book stores would be an understatement.   I love books.  Old books, new books, everything about books.  I love the way they smell, the way they feel.   Through books you can learn new things, be transported back in time, become friends with fictional characters, step into someone else’s world.   The Bodhi…

39…The Parks: Echo Park

There are so many great parks in Los Angeles.  Echo Park has not always been a clean, safe park.  In the last several years the city has made great strides in improving public spaces.    I had driven by Echo Park many times until I moved to Silverlake.  After moving closer, I found that I liked…

44…The Los Angeles River

The Los Angeles River is an unfortunate river.  It is 48-miles of paved river through LA County, that dumps into the ocean in Long Beach. Years ago the river was an alluvial river that flooded the city repeatedly until in 1938 the Army Corps of Engineers encased the river in concrete.  There are few places where…

55…The Beach: Long Beach

More beaches to explore in Los Angeles.  Long Beach is full of “stuff to do” – here are some of my favorites! The Queen Mary The first time I visited the Queen Mary, I attended a Christmas Party.   The party was less than eventful, but I LOVED the ship.   Beautiful art-deco…and I still love visiting. …

57…The Museums: The Getty

It is one of the many things you can do in Los Angeles for FREE!  (parking is $15, but take the Metro, and the whole day is free!). Want a view of downtown, and on a clear day, you can see Catalina Island!   Everything at The Getty is beautiful! The gardens The architecture The view…

58…The Museums: MOCA

One of the many, many museums in LA.  This one has a pretty special.  There are three venues in Los Angeles—MOCA Grand Avenue, The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA, and MOCA Pacific Design Center.  I frequented the MOCA Grand Avenue location with their fabulous Gift Shop! By their own definition, “We question and adapt to the…

62…The Bookstores: Vroman’s

I found the Vroman’s bookstore 20 years ago.  I was a quaint little bookstore with an expansive stationery store upstairs.  Now it is huge, with a little coffee café in the front.  You could spend an entire day here….and I believe I have!

64…The Parks: Griffith Park

Griffith Park is the King of Parks in Los Angeles.  The parks is over 4K acres  Housed within its borders you will find; the LA Zoo, The Autry Museum, the Trails Café, The Griffith Observatory, The Greek Theatre, Pony Rides, the Carousel, Travel Town and the Hollywood Sign! There are miles of hiking trails with…

71…The Museums: Norton Simon

The Norton Simon Museum is a small little place in Pasadena.  It is perfect for a quick walk-thru after lunch or before dinner.  It is the permanent home for many classic pieces from artist like Picasso, Raphael, Rembrandt, van Gogh, and Degas.

72…The Parks: Brand Park

There are so many parks in Los Angeles.  This one is in Glendale proper, and is a sight to see.  It has been part of our family history, being the location of birthday parties, baseball games, movie nights, hikes and ballet lessons.

81…The Museums: LACMA

There are some many things to see and do at LACMA, it is the largest art museum in the western United States – and it shows.  I’ve seen so many amazing exhibits here…most notably the Picasso exhibit several years ago. In addition to the wonderful works inside the museum outside you’ll find Music outside in…

83…The Beach: Santa Monica

Oh the beaches of Southern California!  Santa Monica is one of my favorites!  You can do everything at Santa Monica Beach!  It is typically crowded…but worth the effort to find parking.   Oh the things you can do!! Beyond the normal beachy activities of basking in the sun and dunking yourself in the surf, you can…

91…The Beach: Huntington

There are over 70 miles of beach in Los Angeles County and 30+ beach communities – each offering a very different “vibe”.   Check out this page, for information on some of the best beaches in Southern California. As for Huntington Beach…Huntington has so much to offer – it is close to a great beach community…