Great LA Walk 2013

Echo Park

Echo Park

On Saturday, November 3rd, my friends and I joined about 300 people for the Great LA Walk Michael2013.  It was a 15 mile walk starting at Echo Park Lake and ending at Santa Monica, California.  Michael Schneider, the organizer of this event, did a great job of providing a map and listing LA iconic spots.  It also gave a mile by mile breakdown so you would know how many miles you have walked. He gave a cineramalittle talk at the beginning saying most people just drive by these places but never really notice them. True.  I kept my eye open for interesting things to photograph, things that people might not have noticed. He also suggested restaurants to eat lunch and said everyone can rejoin group at 1:45 at the Beverly Hills sign. guitars

bldg 2My friends and I started out in the middle of the group. We stopped for a bathroom break and my friend ordered coffee to go. When we left I could no longer see the group ahead of us.  standard hotel

Art on hotel wall

Art on hotel wall

We knew we could always catch up with them after lunch at the Beverly Hills sign.  My friends suggested eating at Evo Kitchen, a family owned restaurant which serves healthy food and supports local farmers. There are items on the menu for everyone–meat lovers, gluten free, vegans and vegetarians. The food is delicious but it bldg 3took awhile to get our food and that put us even further behind the group.

We continued our walk to Hollywood and the Sunset strip where iconic places such as the Laugh Factory, Whiskey a Go Go, and the Comedy Store are located.

Laugh Factory

Laugh Factory

Whiskey a Go Go opened in 1964 and many of the greatest rock-n- roll band played there–The Doors,  Led Zeppelin,  and Janis Joplin.

Whiskey A Go Go

Whiskey A Go Go

Comedy Store

Comedy Store

The Comedy Store is where many young comedians got their start—Jerry Seinfeld, Eddie Murphy, Arsenio Hall, Jay Leno, Jim Carey, Chris Rock, to name a few.

Chateau Marmont Hotel

Chateau Marmont Hotel

Next up was Chateau Marmont Hotel. Many celebrities stay there and it is the place where comedian and actor John Belushi died of overdose. mannicanAfter leaving Sunset  Strip we came to Beverly Hills. We cut down Rexford Street and walked past the mansions and carmulti million dollar homes to Santa Monica Blvd and the heart of Beverly Hills.  LA’s most expensive stores are located here. Tiffany’s jewelry store, Blvgari, Versace, Girgio Armani…

As we passed the Ice Cream Lab someone gave us a sample of chocolate chip ice cream. I told my friend “that’s it, I have to get some.”  We did and it was delicious.

Ice Cream Lab

Ice Cream Lab

They make their ice cream right in front of you by combining the ingredients and liquid and shooting  nitrous oxide in it causing the liquid to freeze. It’s completely natural and organic. Best ice cream I’ve ever had.

Sugarfina

Sugarfina

Sugarfina

Next we stopped in Sugarfina and it happened to be their first day in business. This candy store is elegant and classy. Their candy is beautifully displayed and it comes in blue boxes that remind me of Tiffany’s jewelry store boxes. We were given some samples and I know I could easily get addicted to this.

Rosie O'Neill

Rosie O’Neill

I met the gracious and delightful co-owner Rosie O’Neill.  I candy 1think she will do very well.

A few doors down from there is the shoe store Charlotte Olympia.  They’ve been open for five months and have the most unusual and unique shoes that it is worth mentioning here.  pink shoeVery classy inside and a doorman opens the door for you.   shoe 1

pierferris wheelWhen we got to the edge of Beverly Hills we decided to take the bus the rest of the 2.7 miles so we could catch the sunset at Santa Monica. When we arrived we saw the group. I got my sunset photos and then we went to eat at Tinga, which serves Mexican fusion food. I enjoyed my food which I was able to order off the happy hour menu.  The  restaurant had a room reserved for all the walkers. After that we took the bus to the metro stop so we could catch train to where our cars were parked at North Hollywood metro.  birds in sunsetsunset aIt was a long day, 14 hours, but worth it. We did all this by taking bus and subway. Five dollars got us an all day pass for the bus and subway. Quite an adventure discovering new places.

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