Los Angeles – USA Part 1

I travelled to Los Angeles (LA) from 31st May to the 5th June 2017 primarily for a family function, a family reunion of sorts. Even though  LA is 10 hours away from London I decided to only go for 6 days as I did not want to spend too much time in the States.  My perception of the states I must admit has been coloured by  the recent political situation. However I  was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed LA and I wish I stayed a little longer.

The Essentials
Flights: I flew with Air New Zealand, it was  a direct flight from London Heathrow to Los Angeles JFK airport for £467 including a checked in luggage.
Accommodation: We stayed at an Airbnb Apartment in West Hollywood for £380 for 5 nights. It was a beautiful 2 bed apartment with two bathrooms so we essentially had a private bathroom, the apartment was centrally located being a short walk to  Beverly Hills and a 10 min taxi ride to  Hollywood Boulevard.
Transport: We used Uber to get most places and the most we paid was about £7. We also had a family member who took us around. But I recommend hiring a car to as you can’t freely move around without a car.

I am going to split my trip to LA into small post so here we go ………………………………………

LA PART 1
Runyon Canyon Park
The first thing activity we did was visit Runyon Canyon Park. Having developed a taste for hiking from my trip to the Lake District in England (which you should certainly check out) I asked a few people the best hike to do and most recommend Runyon Canyon Park as it is an easy hike and the way up is scenic. The hike indeed was very pleasant and we completed it in just over an hour. We decided to go against the flow (unintentionally I should add) and did the hike the harder way, by that I mean we walked up the recommended route down and walked down the recommended route up but even with that the hike was fine. So if you do intend to visit, wear appropriate footwear, carry a bottle of water, have a good camera ready and use the recommended correct route; start on the hiking trail on the right hand side of  the entrance.

Pictures From The Hike

Runyon Canyon Park, Los Angeles, USA
Runyon Canyon Park, Los Angeles, USA
Runyon Canyon Park, Los Angeles, USA
Runyon Canyon Park, Los Angeles, USA
The Family at Runyon Canyon Park, Los Angeles, USA
The Family at Runyon Canyon Park, Los Angeles, USA
Runyon Canyon Park, Los Angeles, USA
Runyon Canyon Park, Los Angeles, USA
Runyon Canyon Park, Los Angeles, USA
Runyon Canyon Park, Los Angeles, USA
Hollywood sign from Runyon Canyon Park, Los Angeles, USA
Hollywood sign from Runyon Canyon Park, Los Angeles, USA
View from Runyon Canyon Park, Los Angeles, USA
View from Runyon Canyon Park, Los Angeles, USA
View from Runyon Canyon Park, Los Angeles, USA
View from Runyon Canyon Park, Los Angeles, USA
View from Runyon Canyon Park, Los Angeles, USA
View from Runyon Canyon Park, Los Angeles, USA
Padlocks on Runyon Canyon Park, Los Angeles, USA
Padlocks on Runyon Canyon Park, Los Angeles, USA
Me at Runyon Canyon Park, Los Angeles, USA
Me at Runyon Canyon Park, Los Angeles, USA
Me at Runyon Canyon Park, Los Angeles, USA
Me at Runyon Canyon Park, Los Angeles, USA
My sister and I at Runyon Canyon Park, Los Angeles, USA
My sister and I at Runyon Canyon Park, Los Angeles, USA
My Sister and I at Runyon Canyon Park, Los Angeles, USA
My Sister and I at Runyon Canyon Park, Los Angeles, USA
Runyon Canyon Park, Los Angeles, USA
Runyon Canyon Park, Los Angeles, USA
Runyon Canyon Park, Los Angeles, USA
Runyon Canyon Park, Los Angeles, USA
Runyon Canyon Park, Los Angeles, USA
Runyon Canyon Park, Los Angeles, USA

 

Overview
Runyon Canyon Park was a nice opener to the trip and it was a great introduction to LA, I truly recommend  going on the hike if you can, even take a picnic as there are areas you can sit down at the base, midway or on top of trail  to relax  soak up the environment and eat some food.

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Louvre Museum – Paris

My Trip to Paris in May 2016  would be the third time visiting the French capital. I have posted a blog (here)on my previous experiences in the city and it is worth a read for tips on what to do in the city of style.

This blog is going to focus on my  visit  to the Louvre Museum. In my previous post I stated that the old Grand Palace of Louvre and the museum was an impressive, beautifully preserved and a stunning piece of architecture. The historic palace buildings wrap themselves around the magnificent modern glass pyramid of the Louvre Museum.  The old and new work together in harmony and is testament of how historical and new architecture can compliment each other. And my previous sentiments still remain the museum and the palace are truly astonishing.

Louvre Palace, Paris, France
The Old Grand Palace and Louvre Museum, Paris, France
The Old Grand Palace and Louvre Museum, Paris, France
The Old Grand Palace and Louvre Museum, Paris, France
The Old Grand Palace and Louvre Museum, Paris, France
The Old Grand Palace and Louvre Museum, Paris, France
Inside the Louvre Pyramid, Paris, France
Inside the Louvre Pyramid, Paris, France
Me outside the Louvre Museum, Paris, France
Me outside the Louvre Museum, Paris, France

We bought our ticket for entry into the museum online for approximately £13.  We joined the queue, only to get to the front and be old to go collect our tickets from an outside kiosk. I should have read the note on the website more carefully as it did say that the collection point for the tickets is from a newsagent kiosk outside the museum. Nevertheless we made the 10 mins detour to the kiosk, rejoined the queue and was inside the museum within 30 minutes.
It is as impressive inside as it is outside, but somewhat overwhelming after all it is the largest museum in the world. We had particular pieces we wanted to see, the Mona Lisa being at the top of the list followed closely by the Venus de milo

Inside the Louvre Museum, Paris, France
Inside the Louvre Museum, Paris, France
Inside the Louvre Museum, Paris, France 3
Inside the Louvre Museum, Paris, France
Inside the Louvre Museum, Paris, France
Inside the Louvre Museum, Paris, France

The Mona Lisa
The Mona Lisa is tiny and it was hard to get a good view of, in a melee of elbows and flashes, I took  the photo below and got out the mix quickly.  I wasn’t moved by the painting, I have seen several Rembrandt self portraits and they have a pull and enchantment that the Mona Lisa did not have for me, perhaps the crowd of people diminished the experience. Still it was good to see in person what is arguably the most famous painting in the world.

The Mona Lisa, Louvre Museum, Paris, France
The Mona Lisa, Louvre Museum, Paris, France

Venus de milo
I  developed a desire to see the Venus de milo because of an anime I had watched, I can no longer recall the name of the anime but story surrounded an artist desire to capture perfection he had seen in the Venus de milo. From there I desired to see the real thing and in some ways I wish she had remained out of reach because I was rather underwhelmed by her.  However I still suggest you go see her as your experience may likely differ to mine.

Venus de milo, Louvre Museum, Paris, France
Venus de milo, Louvre Museum, Paris, France

I believe the Mona Lisa and Venus de milo are victims of their own success, they are so well know and their images are used all over the world, that the power of the first encounter with a piece of art is severely diminished with them. I really do believe my experiences with the pieces would have been different if I knew nothing or had not see them before.

Other Pieces in the Museum
I had a great time in the Louvre discovering new pieces of art some of which are shown below.

Diane à la biche (Artemis with a Doe), Louvre Museum, Paris, France
Diane à la biche (Artemis with a Doe), Louvre Museum, Paris, France
Vénus et Vulcain, Louvre Museum, Paris, France
Venus et Vulcain, Louvre Museum, Paris, France
Saint Pierre pleurant devant la Vierge, dit aussi Les Larmes de saint Pierre, Louvre Museum, Paris, France
Saint Pierre pleurant devant la Vierge, dit aussi Les Larmes de saint Pierre, Louvre Museum, Paris, France
Sculpture Yangere, Louvre Museum, Paris, France
Sculpture Yangere, Louvre Museum, Paris, France
Sculpture Yangere, Louvre Museum, Paris, France
Sculpture Yangere, Louvre Museum, Paris, France
Easter Island Sculpture, Louvre Museum, Paris, France
Easter Island Sculpture, Louvre Museum, Paris, France
Sculpture Fon, Louvre Museum, Paris, France
Sculpture Fon, Louvre Museum, Paris, France
Sculpture, Kwakwaka'wakw, Louvre Museum, Paris, France
Sculpture, Kwakwaka’wakw, Louvre Museum, Paris, France
Sculpture Bamendou, Louvre Museum, Paris, France
Sculpture Bamendou, Louvre Museum, Paris, France

Overall the Louvre Museum is a great place to visit, the vibe is electrifying the amount of creativity and history located in the museum vibrate of the walls. I could happily spend a whole week in the museum  intoxicated in the creative and brilliance  of man.

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