The Rich L.A

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I was curious to see the other side of L.A, the glamorous one. So far, I wasn’t too impressed: houses looked nice but nothing out of the ordinary. I certainly couldn’t picture all these movie stars and socialites living here, in Korea Town or in Little Armenia.

We first headed to Santa Monica, where there is a lovely pier marking the end of the Route 66. The beach looked gorgeous… It was easy to tell the local from the tourists: locals had their winter jacket on, while tourists like us were in tshirts! Indeed, L.A was much warmer than I expected, it was about 20C during the day, much better than the -10C we had when we left Ottawa.

After Santa Monica, we took the ocean drive to Malibu. The road, bordered by a cliff, zigzagged along the Pacific Ocean and offered a great view. As we got closer to Malibu, the houses got bigger and the fences around them higher, but nothing like in Beverly Hills.

Now, this is where rich people live. You can tell by the size of the driveways, hiding the houses, or by the fact that there is no parking anywhere. Or because there is a flurry of landscapers driving around but no one in sight. Or because all houses display signs such as “do not enter, private property, armed response”. Bel Air, an enclave inside Beverly Hills, looked even more guarded.

We eventually ended up in Rodeo Drive, L.A’s version of Avenue Montaigne in Paris. It wasn’t as impressive as I thought it would be, most flagship stores such as Chanel or Gucci didn’t have bouncers at the entrance like they do in Paris.

I bought one thing: a Starbucks coffee. Diamonds may be a girl’s best friend but they are not exactly my cup of tea.

Santa Monica Pier

Forest Gump

Santa Monica Beach

Dogtown Hotdogs

Malibu Beach and Coke

Beverly Hills

Rodeo Drive

Santa Monica

Santa Monica Police Car

Malibu Beach

Rodeo Drive

End of Route 66


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French woman in English Canada. World citizen, new mom, traveler, translator, writer and photographer. Looking for comrades to start a new revolution.


  1. I’ve been more impressed with mansions in Montreal’s Westmount than in LA but I think it’s because the biggest and prettiest houses are probably hidden and unreachable!

  2. @Cynthia – I totally agree! All the fancy houses are hidden in LA.

    @Mr.G – Ah, sorry! I really don’t have a good Internet connexion, I<m writing the post in Word to copy and paste later, and commenting on blogs is hard 🙁

    @Fran – It was surprisingly laid-back I found!

    @Linguist-in-Waiting – It was super bright! I was surprised as well since we have been living in darkness in Canada for the past month.

    @kyh – Out of the camera! I used a custom white balance setting 😉

  3. Hey Zhu,

    I will check these out.LAX is a city that I have only passed through at the airport.
    I have to see in your pics what you could find there…
    I am so far not tempted to go.

    I hoped you enjoyed 🙂

  4. How come I never found those articles! I can’t wait to see LA, even if it was a late fascination for the city (I always avoided it in the past). Now I just want to feel how this strange city really is!

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