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A December 2011 trip to Los Angeles by sararevell

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Quote: During our week in Manhattan Beach, we managed to venture out to the Getty Center and its serene central garden and the edgier but no less fascinating Watts Towers. Other random stops included the areas of Venice Beach, Santa Monica and Marina del Rey.

The Getty Center/J. Paul Getty Museum

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Attraction | "A Grand Hillside Garden and Museum"

The Getty Center/J. Paul Getty Museum Photo, Los Angeles, California
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It is impossible not to be impressed by The Getty Museum. The expansive centre attracts over a million visitors each year but still manages to exude calm, tranquility and beauty. It is one of the few very large galleries that is a work of art on the outside as well as in. Entry to the museum is by way of a steep and winding cable car. Cars leave regularly from the car park level, depositing visitors into the 24-acre campus in the Santa Monica Mountains. The one unfortunate aspect is the immediate view of Interstate 405 but otherwise, the centre manages to focus most of the visitor attention on the complexes many fine features, such as a cactus garden, towering fountains of bougainvillea an...Read More

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The Getty Center/J. Paul Getty Museum
1200 Getty Center Drive
Brentwood, Los Angeles 90049
(310) 440-7300

Watts Towers

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Attraction | "A Hidden Monument to Sabato Rodia"

Watts Towers Photo, Los Angeles, California
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Driving to the Watts neighbourhood in south LA is an interesting experience in itself. The area is depressed and in parts bleak. Dusty roads are bordered by windowless shops and bars, and silent railroad tracks and run down shopping malls create unwelcome interruptions between rows of housing.Without a car, I’m not too sure how you could get to the Watts Towers. They lie in the heart of the Watts, far from any local transport system (that I could see) and obscured by trees and the roofs of the homes. But as we neared the triangular plot where the towers are located, the conical tops came into view. Initially they looked like some sort of space age telegraph masts but as we pulled up beside...Read More

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Watts Towers
1765 East 107th Street
Los Angeles, California 90002
(213) 485-1795

Venice Beach Photo, Los Angeles, California
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Our bike ride from Manhattan Beach had taken us around Marina del Rey and deposited us into the midst of the action on Venice Beach. Possibly LA’s best known beach area, I had expected to see all types of bizarre characters but in fact things seemed fairly tame. Perhaps the most striking sight was that of the medical marijuana shops. Bright green eye catching stalls with a couple of girls out front dressed not unlike cheerleaders. The famed muscle beach body builders must have been taking a day off, as we didn’t see them. The skateboard park was busy though and had attracted a decent number of spectators. We took our bikes off the bike paths and walked along the boardwalk, admi...Read More
Cycle Path  Photo, Manhattan Beach, California
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Although we were fortunate enough to have bicycles available to use at our accommodation we rather foolishly didn’t spot a) the bicycle pump or b) the two really nice beach cruisers at the second rental place until a couple of days after we had decided to rent bikes for our first foray out to Venice Beach. So my first suggestion (if you’re renting an apartment or house in the area) would be to do a thorough search in the garage for bikes and a device to blow up the tyres before you resort to renting from Fun Bunns. The name might be amusing, but the state of some their bikes is not. We walked into Fun Bunns (1116 Manhattan Ave, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266 Tel: 310 372 8500) and picked up two...Read More

Tony P's Dockside Grill

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Attraction | "Family Style Dining in Marina Del Rey"

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For a more ‘real’ American dining experience, Tony P’s is a good place to try. They cater to big groups with big appetites and while this may imply that the quality of the food is lacking, it’s actually not bad. The ‘real’ element is that the service and surroundings are down to earth. It’s a no-frills environment serving dishes at reasonable prices. We were a group of about twelve or more and even though we showed up somewhat early for lunch (it was before midday) there were already a fair few tables occupied. Our table was in the ‘waterfront deck’ part. I’m not sure if they uncover the room in the summer but it had the feel of a canopy addition rather than a part of the restaurant prope...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on January 29, 2012

Tony P's Dockside Grill
4445 Admiralty Way
Marina del Rey, California 90292
(310) 823-4534

True Food Kitchen

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Restaurant | "Truly Fresh and Refreshing"

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I’m not a fan of shopping malls. I have an innate fear of places that are home to rows and rows of identical retailers and eateries. That said, every once in a while you come across a place, within a mall, that breathes a new life into an old concept. The True Food Kitchen in Santa Monica Place not only serves delicious, fresh food but it does so in a very attractive setting. With a bank of lush planted grass, floor to ceiling windows and sunshine yellow walls, True Food exudes good health and fresh eating even before a plate is set on the table. Our group of eight was seated at a large wooden table near the centre of the restaurant. We were under a time constraint so put in ou...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 29, 2012

True Food Kitchen
395 Santa Monica Place, Suite 172
Santa Monica, California 90401
310.593.8300

Marine View Management

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Hotel | "Self Catering in Style"

Marine View Management Photo, Redondo Beach, California
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With a bounty of great restaurants and a wide open beach, renting an apartment or house in Manhattan Beach makes perfect sense if you plan on staying for a week or more. It is probably one of the most attractive areas of Los Angeles and is located fairly close to LAX airport. We were in LA for a family event and as we were a large group, ending up renting not only a three bedroom house, but also a one-bedroom apartment in Manhattan Beach for a week. While I didn’t have anything to do with the arrangements, I was fortunate enough to stay for a week in the larger house with some family over the New Year period. Manhattan Beach is an affluent area. It’s compact, walkable and embra...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 29, 2012

Marine View Management
1640 S. Pacific Coast Highway
Redondo Beach, California
310 373 3599