Hi ladies! I’m Pelny Peya, a Congolese born young woman passionate about Fashion and Photography. I’m currently based in Calgary, Canada and I am the writer behind The Blossom Muse, which is a personal style and travel blog.
I’m so excited to share with you my photos and experience from my recent trip to California.
Escaping from the harsh cold of Calgary to soak up the sun of Los Angeles was bliss. Californian winter is incredible.
We flew 3 hours from YYC to LAX and as soon as we landed and got our luggage, the heat welcomed us.
We took a shuttle to our hotel located in West Hollywood (The Moment Hotel), there were other people on the shuttle and we were the last ones to get off after an hour and half of driving. The driver was a very nice Chilean guy; he shared with us his experience in Los Angeles and he was enthusiastic to show us around.
Basically we had a private tour of the city and that is how I knew how huge LA was.
For the future I will make sure I rent a car in advance so it will make it easier to explore places.
As soon as we got to our Hotel I turned the TV on and 50% of the channels were in Spanish! Wow.
I love Spanish and one of my goals for the next couple years is to be fluent. So you might have guessed that was another reason for me to fall in love with LA.
Most of the people I have talked to during this trip were Latinos and the city itself has a big taste of Latin America. Information signs are both in English and Spanish in many stores.
The plants and flower as well as the burning sun made me feel like I was back home in Congo. I literally felt in love with sunsets and palm trees. Los Angeles is a very charming city.
However everybody told me that the cost of living is high there. It is not giving to everybody to have a decent lifestyle. I stayed only 4 days and basically spent my time around East- West Hollywood, Santa Monica, quickly Beverly Hills.
A small rain showered our last day but even gloomy LA remained beautiful for me. I didn’t have enough time to explore lots of places but I know I will be back soon.
Where to Eat / Drink
Cheebo is an Italian American restaurant with a warm décor and romantic atmosphere. You can eat well there for less.
El Pollo Loco is a Mexican styled grilled chicken restaurant.
IN n OUT burger; an absolutely must.
Where to Shop
Santa Monica Place where you can find Nordstrom, and boutique stores like Coach, Burberry and Juicy Couture. Third street promenade located in Santa Monica is also a nice place to shop.
What to Do
Best things to do are walking along Venice, Malibu or Santa Monica beaches and admiring a sunset. It is MAGIC.
Hollywood Walk of Fame, the sea of lights of LACMA, Santa Monica beach and Pier are LA staples.
Where to Stay
We stayed at The Moment Hotel, a modern hotel with a cool design. It is located in a very nice area. The bus stops, banks and lots of restaurants/bars are close by.