Best Things To Do in Los Angeles During the Oscars

February 19, 2014

Universal Studios

I spent a week hanging out with friends in LA during the Oscars. LA is the ultimate lala land, where everything is so glamorous and chick and artificial. I love LA. I go there every year. It is a very different city from most European cities in a sense that it does not have a city centre or pedestrian streets to walk around. There is really not much to see in LA. I usually just hang out on the beach with friends. First, I hang around Venice Beach and Santa Monica. Things To Do In Los Angeles

Venice Beach - Things To Do In Los Angeles

Venice Beach – Things To Do In Los Angeles

I loved getting my morning juices at Nekter. I really enjoyed the Santa Monica Farmer’s Market and shopped for fresh produce. I would spend my afternoons hanging out at Urth Caffé with friends. I enjoyed walking up and down on the boardwalk of Venice Beach taking photos of all the street art. I loved the graffiti on the streets. I discovered a couple of great restaurants on Abbot Kinney. I had a great time shopping, lunching with friends in Beverly Hills. My favorite place for lunch was Il Pastaio with the girls.

One of the highlights of the trip was a visit to the Magic Castle in Hollywood. It is a private members club.

Magic Castle - Things To Do In Los Angeles

Magic Castle – Things To Do In Los Angeles

Every guest goes through a secret hidden library door in order to enter the castle. Behind the library door one can find different rooms with different magicians and can witness some of the most fascinating magic tricks one would never even dream about. The magicians are World famous and incredible. The dress code is black tie, so everyone looks very elegant. The food is not great, but every visitor has to eat dinner there. It s part of the deal. You feel like you are part of an enchanted castle for a night that is full of magic and mystery. It is an incredible experience. Unfortunately, no pictures are allowed inside, therefore, I could only take a photo outside.

Entrance of Universal Studios

Entrance of Universal Studios

Even though there is not much to see in LA, I really enjoyed discovering the art scene in LA. The galleries on La Brea Avenue display a variety of pop art. The art was OK. I have seen much better art in Art Basel. Also spent a day at Universal Studios. I love movies, so I had to pay a visit to Universal Studios. I met Marilyn Monroe, Betty Boop, The Simpsons, The Minions.

Chinese New Year in Universal Studios - Things To Do In Los Angeles

Chinese New Year in Universal Studios – Things To Do In Los Angeles

It was a day filled with lots of fun and excitement. I have not been to this theme park for the last 10 years. I love Universal Studios. There were all sorts of new rides. The scariest was the Mummy ride. I loved the Despicable Me Minion Mayhem. I went on that ride two times. It is a 3-D ride. The viewer feels like she is part of the movie. The Simpsons ride was great too. I love the Simpsons. The Transformers ride had the best visual effects out of all the rides, but it was not for me. It was designed for boys. The highlight of the park is always the Studio Tour where you can see where Jaws and American Psycho and Desperate Housewives were shot. It is quiet interesting to see where all these famous movies were shot. I love theme parks and this is such a great one.

With Betty Boop at Universal Studios

With Betty Boop at Universal Studios

With The Simpsons in Universal Studios

With The Simpsons in Universal Studios

With the Minions at Universal Studios

With the Minions at Universal Studios

With Marilyn at Universal Studios

With Marilyn at Universal Studios

I spent a fun day in the park and from there I went straight to the LACMA to check out some art. The art was ok, but I was not as impressed by the museum as I initially was when I first went there.

The next morning, after a morning stroll on Venice Beach, we took off for the Yosemite National Park.

On our way to the Yosemite

On our way to the Yosemite

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About Barbara

Barbara is a London based luxury travel and lifestyle blogger. She started traveling through Paris, London, New York, Milan, Tokyo at the age of 17 to conquer the World as a model. Ever since, she has visited 67 countries. She writes about the most exclusive jet-set destinations such as Cannes, Venice Film Festivals, Monaco Grand Prix, Oscar Parties in LA, Fashion Weeks in Milan or Paris as well as yacht parties in St-Tropez, Miami Art Basel, Biennale in Venice, Frieze in London or the Royal Wedding in Monaco.

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