On sunday we had a "touristy" day. We were 100% tourists. First we drove up across the town to see the Hollywood sign. The navigator directed us trough some very sketchy neighborhoods and we for sure saw the extremity of living in LA, the very poor ones and then again the outrageously rich ones.
First I had an ambitious plan for us to go hike up the Runyuon Canyon but I looked into it a bit more in the morning and it turned out to be a 2 hour challenging hike and also the parking in there was said to be a pain in the ass. So on a Sunday morning after 10 o'clock, we did not even go and try that one out. Instead we drove straight to Hollywood. For the sign, I also read about a few different places but came up with this one and it seemed to be the best way to see it. You just have to pass a couple of "no driving to the Hollywood sign" warnings(as those are said to be fake and put up by the residents rather than the city) and be sure to have a fairly new car to take you up the steep hill roads. Once we got to the place, there were a lot of other people too. Some were just enjoying the dog park in there, but most I would say were there for the sightseeing. The view from up there was gorgeous, you could see the Lake Hollywood, a barrage and all the beautiful(massive) houses. I also hiked bit higher from where we parked to see the sign a little better.
There were people just running up and down the hills, you sure would be very fit to choose that as your morning run spot.
I knew that the Griffith Observatory would be quite near this place so that was our next direction. Just after 15 min drive we got to see the beautiful overlook of LA. Unfortunately it was a bit foggy that day so we could not see all the way to the shore, but still it was so pretty(and apparently forgot to take my iPhone out, so no pics from this one..)
On the way back to Manhattan beach we got to witness the typical LA traffic, and I think this was not even anywhere near a bad traffic jam. Finally we made it trough and went for a little shopping spree to the famous supermarket, Whole Foods. It is marketed as the organic store providing local ingredients. I don't know about that, but still the selection of fruit, vegetables, nuts, beans and everything you can imagine was huge. They had all kinds of exotic looking food too. We ended up using $90, whoopsie..
In the afternoon we rented bikes from the hotel and went to stroll around Manhattan beach. We drove all the way down to Hermosa beach and the harbor in there. At the harbor, I heard this weird sound of almost like moaning, and then I saw a bunch of SEALS! That was so random, they were just hanging out on a little dock. It was so chill to just bike by the beach while people around you were running, playing volleyball and surfing. The beach houses were amazing in there, and pricy too as we saw on a window of the local realtor.
We decided not to go out to eat and just have an early night in. I managed to keep my eyes open until 9pm, but after that I was out. Good thing about the time difference is that you fall asleep super early and easy and also wake up early and full of energy ready for the day.
Now we are heading over to have some breakfast and after that its time to get the shopping started at Citadel Outlet.