Day Trippin' :: Downtown LA

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The week of Christmas, Nancy and I finally found a day we were both free to go up to LA and wander around downtown. She had a couple spots she suggested we try, and I was so excited! (Yes, LA is less than an hour from us, but I’m still gonna count it as a day trip.)

We started with an early lunch at Bottega Louie, which was so ridiculously good I can’t wait to go back! It definitely gets noisy in there, but it’s worth it not only for the food, but for the atmosphere. With all-white high walls and giant windows, it really felt like we were in NYC or London. They’re known for their pizza, but we ordered the clam linguine and shrimp scampi and then switched plates halfway through. YUM. Also, the bread…the bread. I was too busy stuffing my face eating to get more than this Instagram shot, so hopefully Nancy will share her photos soon!

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Lunch was followed by some exploration on foot on the way to the Last Bookstore, which is easily the best used bookstore I’ve ever been to. It’s not huge, but incredibly well curated and all the books were in fantastic shape. Needless to say, bookworms like us didn’t escape without a few purchases. But seriously, $5 for a near-new paperback? How can you not?

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The bookstore also has a great selection of records, and I couldn’t help giggling at this one displayed in their window:

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And, as noted in my 2011 Favorites, I’m in love with this shot of Nancy and I reflected. It’s almost like a double exposure with the tree!

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Rather than re-park, we walked to the main branch of the public library. I’d never been inside before and it was absolutely stunning! Everything you’d hope for in a historic building.

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I’d love to go back and spend more time browsing. Nancy and I mostly checked out some of the exhibits and the giant Christmas tree. The room it was in has this amazing tiled ceiling and walls.

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Ellingsen Photography Day Trippin' Downtown Los Angeles Christmas-Los Angeles Public Library

We had planned to head up to the Griffith Observatory for sunset, but unfortunately the migraine I thought I’d conquered came back with a vengeance, so we headed home instead. I know, I’m such a party pooper. Hopefully we’ll be able to get back there again soon! Big thanks to Nancy for such a fab day!

xo