A Travel Day in LA
“One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.” Henry Miller
There are days that I miss traveling so I decided to have a travel day in Los Angeles. This would be my perfect travel day.
It is always a traveling day in my car. I listen to a Canadian radio station that only plays French music. I am usually driving on the streets of Paris. There are cds in my car from my trips – most recently Turkey, Argentina and of course Grouplove (LA band who met in Crete). I am always going somewhere much more exotic than the market or yoga in my head.
For breakfast I have Greek yogurt (the not nonfat kind) with fresh honey and either a latte or cappuccino with whole milk (not soy or almond). Another option is a croissant from Tavern and a Spanish Latte from Urth Café. Truthfully I drink this several times a week. Carnation condensed milk in coffee always reminds me of being in my early twenties in Greece. This was all they used until they became weight conscious and got Starbucks.
I go to a museum on a weekday morning. There are mostly tourists and schools there. It is just like exploring a foreign city. I love modern art so LACMA and MOCA are good choices for me.
For lunch, there is sushi. I pick a place where the clientele is mostly Japanese and I feel like I am in Japan. Some good places are Mori Sushi, Hama Sushi and Sushi Gen. Or you can have a real travel experience and take an interesting guess . Walk into a place on the street in Little Tokyo or Sawtelle Blvd. They both have Japanese markets , bakeries, stores and restaurants.
I stop off at Travelers Bookcase to get books for my next trip. There is always some fabulous conversation going on about somewhere in the world that I never heard of or want to go to. Natalie has a ton of book recommendations, interesting friends and customers and loves talking about everywhere!! Isnt that what books are for anyway? To travel without packing? Here are some of the books they love -me too.. https://travelwellflysafe.com/2012/12/18/byob-bring-your-own-books/
In the afternoon I see a foreign film. Now we have many in LA to choose from. They play at the Llaemmle theatres or the Landmark. I have pop-corn (French for popcorn). I love going to the movies in the afternoon anyway. The theatre is empty and it feels like sneaking out of school to go to the movies. I think it is ok to admit that now. There are two blogs on foreign films if you want to see some of my favorites. (https://travelwellflysafe.com/2012/12/05/favorite-foreign-documentary-films/ and https://travelwellflysafe.com/2012/09/23/favorite-foreign-films/)
I have some Thai iced coffee at Chan Dara and head out to Venice, Santa Monica or Malibu for a beach walk at sunset. If I am anywhere in the world and there is a beach, I am walking on it. This is followed by Tapas and Sangria at Bar Pinxto.
Dinner is somewhere like Angelini Osteria or Osteria Mozza for fresh pasta and traditional Italian dishes. Bar Ama is great for Mexican food – not so traditional but so delicious. My favorite restaurant is Hinoki and the Bird for Asian ambiance, amazing food and green tea donuts.
I am dating someone from Mexico City so we spend the whole day speaking Spanish. I pretend I understand just like I do on a real trip or with men in general.
At home I start reading the books I have bought and plan my next trip – one where you take a plane. Tomorrow I will have a diet day.
What are your favorite places in LA?
hama sushi 347 E 2nd St, Los Angeles, (213) 680-3454