LA & The Dream Garden, California, USA
Last month, we set off on an adventure of a lifetime- a road trip across California. We had spent months planning our route, deciding where to stay, booking accommodation, car hire and day trips. We decided to book everything on our own rather than through a company and could not recommend this enough. Whilst it might seem daunting at first, it meant we had complete control over our route, how long we stayed in each place and our accommodation. Being on a budget, we booked a variety of places to stay including some hotels, motels, Air BnB's and even camping in the middle of Yosemite National Park!
Here is the first post in our California series, Los Angeles...
We really liked LA. It felt like there was so much possibility in the sprawling city. Gentrification hasn't (yet) knocked on it's door and so each neighbourhood had it's own unique character. We explored on foot and the occasional Uber meaning we discovered little areas that would have otherwise passed us by.
On our first day in LA we visited Griffith Park and the observatory, a must for great views of the city and skyline of downtown as well as dusty walks through the park's steep trails.
Aside from the usual sights, one of our favourite things about LA were all the plant shops we discovered in really unlikely places. California is going through a severe drought at the moment and so people are turning to native desert plants to fill their gardens. The succulents and cacti we saw were huge! And not forgetting of course all the palms. We discovered the Dream Garden tucked away on a main road in Hollywood. We walked around admiring the sheer size of the plants there and dreaming of what we'd do if we could bring them home!
Unfortunately we only had a whistle stop in LA before moving on to our destination. LA is abundant in gardens to visit so here are our top 3 we would have like to have visited, time permitting: