Christmas in Los Angeles. Any Suggestions?
You may know that Judy and I and our two boys take a trip over the Christmas holidays in lieu of buying presents. Now that the boys are in their mid-20s I keep expecting them to tell us they have other plans. However, they are game to keep the tradition alive for another year, which is gratifying.
This year we are going to Los Angeles for a little over a week. We’ve rented a house which turns out to be the most economical way for four people to take a vacation together.
I’ve only been to LA once before and only for a couple of days. Judy has been there several times, but always for work. So we are looking for tips on stuff to do.
We want to visit some gardens of course, though I am likely to face some harsh restrictions on the number of gardens we can visit. I am pushing for at least three. I visited the Huntington Library last September, and would like to go back.
We’re also interested in museums, outdoor markets, and generally places that are interesting for walking around. Movie star stuff, not so much. Though when it comes to art museums, I have a Nine Paintings and Out policy. This is based on my strongly held belief that after the ninth painting they all pretty much look the same. Judy irrationally refuses to accept the overwhelming logic of this position.
Our style of vacationing restricts us to a limited number of sights. We spend most of our time lazing around, drinking coffee, reading, cooking, having meals, playing cards or board games. I doubt we spend more than three or four hours a day seeing sights.
So we don’t exactly burn the candle at both ends. This kind of vacation requires good places to have coffee or a glass of wine and read, either a nice patio (which our rental house is supposed to have) or nearby cafes. It also creates more pressure to research good sights, as we aren’t going to see many of them.
So, for those of you who know LA, what do you recommend?