The largest and most heavily populated city in California was our pick for the Easter weekend.
In this post we show you some sights and places to visit for your next trip in LA.
We started with a visit of Beverly Hills and the amazing houses where many famous actors live.
Hollywood Boulevard with its tribute to actors and the Kodak Theatre where the Oscars are held.
The Getty Center where you can see great exhibitions in addition to stunning architecture by Richard Meier. The grounds and the panoramic view of Los Angeles from the top floor alone are worth the visit.
Rodeo Drive, where you can see the shops of the most exclusive fashion brands.
Farmer’s Market and The Grove in Fairfax to have something to eat in one of the many stalls in the covered market and do some shopping in the adjoining plaza.
Venice is known for the charming canals and its beach boardwalk. Here you can also find some of the trendiest restaurants in the city such as Gjelina.
Next to Venice is Santa Monica, a popular tourist destination but worth a visit to the beach. Have brunch at the beautiful Shutters hotel next to the beach.
We want to share with you two beautiful natural areas to explore in Southern California.
Joshua Tree National Park
The park is situated 140 miles (225 km) to the east of Los Angeles, 75 miles (282 km) northeast of San Diego and 215 miles (346 km) southwest of Las Vegas. The closest airport is Palm Springs.
There are 12 nature trails to visit, with varying lengths and difficulty. It is also possible to just drive through the park and take in the spectacular views. On clear days, the view from the top of Keys View extends until Mexico. This 20 minute excursion by car is well worth the detour.
If you have more than a day to spend in the park, there are many options for camping. The park has 10 mountains of more than 5,000 feet (1,524 m) in height. It is also possible to explore the five palm oasis in the park.
A beautiful place to enjoy nature and pleasant and invigorating walks or hikes.
Living Desert Zoo & Botanical Gardens
Situated 20 mintues from Palm Springs, the Living Desert is a excellent place to see all types of animals from North Ameriica, Africa, Asia, Australia, with a special emphasis on birdlife.
The aim of the Living Desert is to preserve a portion of the Colorado Desert in its natural state, promote the appreciation of animals and plants in their native ecosystems, protect animals in risk of extinction, and create education programs and biological studies.
Outside the Coachella festival a selection of fashionable hotels attract hip revelers from all over the country and abroad.
Here is our shortlist:
701 E Palm Canyon Dr, Palm Springs, CA 92264
A trip back to the 60s, with vintage style, hippie-chic décor. Sunday pool parties with DJs.
1800 E Palm Canyon Dr, Palm Springs, CA 92264
A trendy hotel with several restaurants, morning yoga clases, colorful decoration, and young party vibe.
150 S Indian Canyon Dr Palm Springs, CA 92262
A hotel famous for its pool parties hosted by top international DJs such as David Guetta and Skrillex. A transplant of the the Rehab pool parties at the Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas.
4200 E Palm Canyon Dr, Palm Springs, CA 92264
A boutique hotel from the Meridien group, the Parker is an oasis of design and tranquility. New Yorker Jonathan Adler has designed the hotel with impressive colorful touches reminicent of Marrakech. An enchanted garden to explore and three pools.
As we commented on Twitter and Instagram, @FriendlyMadrid are in Los Angeles. The weekends of April 11-13 and 18-20 the Coachella festival in Indio, near Palm Springs will take place.
For those who do not know the festival, it is one of the most famous in the world, not only for the impressive lineup of artists, as well as for the visitors who come from all over the world.
We propose the following festival looks, taking into account the desert location of Coachella:
A comfortable outfit for the hours you will spend standing and dancing. Boots (without heels), shorts, tops, jackets and scarves.
What’s your favorite festival look?
As we notified via Twitter @FriendlyMadrid recently tried Bucmi, the leading Spanish-language website for reservations.
Do you know Bucmi?
BUCMI.com is the first portal to make appointments at the best beauty and wellness centers near you, from hairdressers, nail salons to special treatments.
Co-founded in 2012 by Pablo Lago, creator of other companies like Pepecar.com and Pepephone.
How does Bucmi works?
1. Find a salon that you like
2. Choose the date
3. The salon receives your reservation
4. Make yourself beautiful
“I had felt that it was easier to book a hotel in another part of the world that an appointment for a massage or at the hairdresser” Pablo Lago.
Who has used Bucmi?
About 50% of online bookings are outside the normal schedule of the salons and an average of 3.5 days before the date of the appointment.
Thursday is the day of the week that more online bookings are carried out with people preparing for the weekend.
With Bucmi, 99.2% of the appointments are promptly confirmed by the service providers.
Where can you book with Bucmi?
Some of the salons that use Bucmi.com:
Over 200 of the best hairdressers, nail salons, beauty salons and physiotherapy in Madrid and Barcelona use Bucmi.com daily to manage their online appointments.
In addition, luxury brands such as Sisley, Bobbi Brown or Carita Paris use Bucmi.com for reservations for their exclusive treatments in their stores.
We booked a facial treatment at SKINC by Bucmi.
“Oxy Miracle Peel & Infusion” consists of deep cleansing 5 in 1: Cleans, moisturizes, brightens, repairs and prepares.
The treatment starts with a short questionnaire and examination of your skin to adapt the treatment to your needs and then they explain the procedure.
All facial treatments include the application of SKINC serum My Daily Dose which has won prestigious international awards, with a custom mix of up to 3 encapsulated serums, made for your needs.
And this is the result, bright and hydrated skin, 100% recommended!
Book your next visit to the beauty salon by BUCMI.
If we could dream for a moment and choose a sexy design to go to a party, without a doubt, we would choose the young designer Anthony Vaccarello http://www.anthonyvaccarello.com
Born September 4th, 1982 in Brussels, Belgium of Italian descent, he was awarded at the Hyeres Festival in 2006 and then spent two years working at Fendi with Karl Lagerfeld. In 2008 Vaccarello founded his own brand under his own name.
Vaccarello’s designs are very feminine, emphasizing curves. His dresses are often asymmetric, with rocker style, using leather, metal and colors such as white, black and red.
And these are our favorites:
What do you think about these dresses? Would you dare to wear them?
The twenty-fourth edition of the Antiques and Collectors Fair, ALMONEDA, is being celebrated now in Madrid until April 6th.
The objects on display come from all over the world and reflect stylistic movements up into the twentieth century: Art Deco, Art Nouveau, 60′s and 70′s furniture; collectables.
Unique pieces and a very interesting selection of paintings and sculptures.
In addition to art and decoration you can find jewelry, vintage fashion and accessories.
The exhibitors include Valenti Agut, Gonzarreta, Objetology, Almoneda Balboa, La Habana decoración, C. Ayllon (Arte y Antigüedad), Clavell & Morgades, Juca Claret, Francisco Retamero, El Atelier de Argensola, Antiguedades Rústicas y Técnicas Elpienna, Alexis Nieto García, Maite Conde Antiq & Deco, Castellarnau Antiguedades, La firma A. Iruretagoyena, Ptolomeo Antiguedades, Lorenart.
Entrance fee: 8 euros
Open from 12.00 to 21.00h
Location: Hall 4 of Feria de Madrid