Manhattan Beach, CA

los angeles: manhattan beach.

LA was a lot greener than I thought it would be. I expected concrete. And smog. And while there were plenty of both, there were also trees. The palm trees stuck up everywhere, like little dots against the sky. Flowers grew randomly on the side of the freeways. And yards were covered in vines and bougainvillea.

Any time we went somewhere, I was surprised at the sea of green I saw stretching out between the buildings. Plants like California!

The (rather extensive) Dance Excellence schedule allowed for lots of fun time for the “mothers and others.” While we loved watching our girls dance, we were glad to have a few hours to get away and see something other than the inside of the hotel convention ballrooms.

Our first trip was to Manhattan Beach, and this trip was my favorite. To me, it seemed the epitome of the California life: long, luxurious beaches, plenty of sun, casual ice cream parlors, and lots of little local boutiques. I even bought a t-shirt.

Did I mention there was a beach? I adore the hint of the mountains in the background.

Manhattan Beach, CA

The water was gorgeous! Yes, it really was this blue.

Manhattan Beach, CA

We did lots of walking to take in all the little shops. The weather was perfect, especially with a bite of ice cream to stay cool. Not that it was hot. It never got above 75 degrees the whole time we were there.

Manhattan Beach, CA

THIS was my favorite thing about Manhattan Beach – every street led down to the beach, and was dotted with the most adorable architecture, gardens, and shops. Anywhere I can walk around and still have a view of the water is heaven to me!

Manhattan Beach, CA

The gardens were full of textural succulents and overflowing bougainvillea. Oh, and intriguing, mysterious doors, some leading to charming local bars and pubs.

Manhattan Beach, CA

 

Manhattan Beach, CA

The four of us who made up the Dance Dynamics chaperones walked, shopped, and got to know each other better. That was one of my favorite parts. A total girls’ day out with great company! At the end of the day, we stopped for a drink and soaked in the sun. A very laid-back, Californian sort of adventure.

Here’s to paths that always lead to the beach. And blue water. And green.

Cheers!

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