The Arts Districtis located downtown west of the LA river. It used to be a place of the homeless and abandoned industrial buildings that most people avoided. In the past years the creative scene moved in, including L.A.'s TV and film industry. It´s nice to just walk around, look at the graffitis and check out the hip coffee shops, yoga studios and stylish galleries. But if you walk around a little further you can actually still get a feeling how it used to be. And meet people that are definitely not working in art or fashion.
If you are ever looking for a nice and healthy breakfast or lunch place in Venice check out the GJUSTA BAKERY. It was opened in 2014 by the owners of the famous GJELINA RESTAURANTon Abbot Kinney. Owner Fran Camaj says:"We needed a place to bake bread and wanted to feed people." You´ll find a marble counter and an open kitchen. Food is great and you have a huge variety, so sometimes it´s hard to pick. Only bad thing is a lack of seating, but there is a back patio with some benches and boxes.
So my second trip from Palm Springs took me to theSALTON SEA area, also called Salton Riviera. It´s about a 1 hour´s drive. The beaches are not of sand, but of the skeletons of millions of fish and the Salton Sea is the biggest lake in California.. The area was planned to be the next Palm Springs until in the 70s masses of fish suddenly died due to polluted water. A friend told me I could find a village with some abandoned houses there and that it is an area with a very special atmosphere. The lake itself seen from a distance is beautiful with a vast light, I guess due to the reflection of the water. Some people told me that sometimes you get a strong smell there. Not the day I was there so.. It´s $5 to get into the reserve and you can also camp there. The guard there was very helpful and also gave me a map and showed me where I could find the abandoned houses. I had already found some abandoned places on the way, like a road stop but I wanted to find the village. So he told me there are 2 places actually one of them was BOMBAY BEACH. It was already getting late, so I didn´t spent much time at the reserve, as I wanted to find Bombay Beach. After another 20 minutes drive I found it and it is definitely a special place. It´s a tiny town with mostly trailers. I didn´t see one single person at first, so I was wondering if anyone is actually living there. Then I found the houses, so I got out of the car and walked around and it really gave me the creeps. My heart was beating out of my throat for some reason. I think I expected to find a dead body, which I kind of did, as I almost stepped on a dead animal, which you can see in the pictures. I couldn´t figure out what kind it is. Too small for a dog, too big for a rat. Sometimes you could hear a dog bark in the distance, apart from that it was quiet, which was even more eerie.I made a couple of stops here and there and though to myself what an awesome photo and movie locations this would be. Then I decided to take off and passed a trailer with a woman and her dogs standing outside. As she had a crazy mingle-mangle of stuff I stopped and asked if I could take some pictures of it. She was lovely and invited me to a cup of tea and told me all kinds of stories about the neighbors and the area and so on. After about an hour we said good bye with a hug and i promised to come back one day. As I didn´t make it to the second place I will certainly check that out next time and stop by at this lovely lady´s place again! She told me I will see a beautiful sunset over the lake now and she was right, it was magical. What a great day.
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I wanted to visit the ACE HOTEL forever and was so exited to take the 2 hours drive to Palm Springs and to finally check it out. And what can I say...I loooved it! The interior, the atmosphere, really nice staff and the good weather did´t hurt either. It was pure joy!
Today I made a little trip from Palm Springs to the Joshua Tree National Park. It´s about a 1 hour drive. If you are ever close, please don´t miss out on going there. It´s an amazing and stunning place. The light is great, especially for sunset. Even so a lot of people go there it is not crowded and you can hike without meeting a bunch of people. Also the have great camping grounds.
A little while ago we made a weekend excursion to Barcelona. We stayed at a little Hotel in the center, but you can find nice places for every budget.
Whether you’re looking to relax in some of the city’s many famous parks and beaches, revel in Barcelona’s illustrious club scene, or indulge in Spanish food and drink, Barcelona weekend breaks are a great way to participate in some of Barcelona’s many leisure activities.
Barcelona is a big city, but it's the perfect size to discover on foot. Spend a day away from the metro and take your time strolling around and stopping to recharge with some of the city's great gastronomic options.
I am usually no a big fan of tourist attractions, but if you want to explore Barcelona´s rich history, such as Sagrada Familia, the Picasso Museum, and Parc Güell i would recommend to just hop on one of the tourist busses. They will take you to almost every attraction you need to see and we enjoyed it.
Montjuïc mountain is the perfect place for a leafy stroll with great views, but it does take a bit of legwork to get up there, so it's less populated by tourists. But don't let that stop you.