LA & Palm Springs (California Day 1 and 2)

I had a smooth trip from Luxembourg to LA. Luckily my luggage didn't get stuck at Paris CDG (what is always a likely possibility) where I had to change flights. Unfortunately I then had to spend 12 hours next to a young guy who had extremely strong and bad body odour. That was quite a torture and I tried to distract myself by watching movies that I had been on my to watch list for ages: The Great Gatsby (I still prefer the version with Toby Stephens), Les Misérables (the novel is so much better) and Full Metal Jacket (tough to watch but brilliant). 

When I had to go through customs control, the officer asked me something in Korean. As I don't speak this language, I responded to him in Russian as I had overheard him speak it to a colleague just before. We went through the whole finger print, photo, passport check in Russian, which was quite funny.

I headed straight to my room at the Hilton Airport Hotel and slept for 12 hours to overcome my jetlag. 

Somehow, during the night I managed to lock myself out of the bathroom and I had to call security to open it for me. A bit embarrassing. I will not close the bathroom door ever again unless I'm in there.

The plan was to pick up my rental car from Hertz and drive to Palm Springs. But I couldn't just leave LA and I decided to go to my favourite outdoor shopping mall: Westfield at Century City. I hadn't had anything to eat for 23 hours and I thoroughly enjoyed this vegetarian breakfast burrito.

I did a bit of shopping at Kitson; I will show you my purchases in my next Take five post. At last I set off for Palm Springs. I just love driving through the desert, see the mountains and feel free.

Once I arrived in Palm Springs, I went up with the Aerial Tramway. The steep ride takes ten minutes in a Swiss-made cable car with a rotating floor.

The views from the top are very impressive as are the numerous hiking trails for which I wasn't prepared at all. Wearing leather flats, I didn't wander off too far. I am not afraid of heights but I am prone to altitude sickness. I could clearly feel that I was up at 2,600 metres above sea level. 

The sun was setting at around 5 pm. On my way to my hotel, I drove through the centre of Palm Springs. I will explore the centre tomorrow before leaving for Death Valley.

I'm staying at The Saguaro, a very colourful hotel that I had seen on other blogs before.

Finding my room was quite a challenge and it was one of the most stressful moments on my trip so far. With several dead ends and only one lift, even the map didn't help that much. 

Hilton Los Angeles Airport Hotel
5711 West Century Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90045
United States of America

The Saguaro
1800 East Palm Canyon Drive
Palm Springs, CA 92264
United States of America


  1. Stunning views from your cable car ride!
    Happy Monday Anouka xoxo

  2. Especially loving that 1st photo!

  3. Hi Anouka, your trip sounds exciting so far, you have shown me a new side of LA that I had never seen before, the trip up the cable car sounds amazing, what a view! Both hotels look really lovely, the colourful one is quite inviting. Enjoy babe!

  4. Hi Anouka, I'm glad the trip went fine and you reached LA safe and sound. Sorry for the guy next to you..oh my you must have spent 12h in such bad way! Btw, either LA and Palm Springs look marvelous as well as the hotel, funny the scene of you locked out the bathroom!:) The view from the top is breathtaking and so are the photos. Looking forward to see your next post! Kisses and have fun! xo

  5. I love the hotel rrom! So cosy!!!

  6. si ça c'est pas cool ,alors qu'est-ce qui l'est ,
    vraiment !!
    j'adore tes photos et je pense avoir raté beaucoup de choses.
    mais c'est pas grave je rattraperais.
    bisous bisous !!

  7. That hotel is so colorful and bright and cheerful!

    xo, Yi-chia
    Always Maylee

  8. YOu are a lucky lucky girl <3


  9. The room is amazing, love the photos! :)

  10. The views from the cable car ride are absolutely gorgeous! So, I think I share travel mishaps with you, which are quite annoying sometimes. The hotel's indeed very colourful, like it's got a 60s flower power vibe. Enjoy the rest of your trip!

  11. Oh I am sorry to hear about your uncomfortable seating situation on the plane! I watched a lot of movies too when I went to the States and Great Gatsby was one of them, loved it! Enjoy your trip, can't wait to see what you bought :) xoxo ES

  12. Wow, you're just so brave to go on holidays all alone but all these experiences must be gorgeous. The hotel room looks so cool and so do your pics!

  13. The mountains look so lush-such beautiful views :) It's a shame about having that for 12 hours but at least you've had a fab time in LA to make up for it!

  14. Beautiful photos, that looks like an amazing trip. I love those hiking trails, must have been amazing! I'm super scared of heights so I might not have fared so well. This looks breathtaking though!


  15. Hi Anouka, looks like a fun adventure for you so far. Good thing you were able to call security to help you get out from your Hotel bathroom. But the views from Palm Spring is glorious! Enjoy and safe travels.

  16. Now I know a little bit more about LA. Sorry to hear about the smelly guy you had to sit next to - that's the worst! :/
    Enjoy your trip!

  17. How beautiful - I love the quality of light in these images! Your hotels both look lovely but I don't like the sound of the bathroom/navigation issues, hope you have better luck with accommodation for the rest of your trip! xo

  18. So obvious you are having fabulous moments. I love all these pictures very very much. They tell loads of stories on their own.

  19. Beautiful photos.=) I also just got around to watch The great Gatsby and now I'm reading the book.

  20. wow what a lovely place <3 i wish i could be there too!

  21. keep the posts coming!! i love both your hotel rooms!! and the views from palm springs is marvellous!! thanks for sharing all these images!! amazing!

    Animated Confessions

  22. wow! amazing photos! are you planning to go back to LA?
    LA By Diana

    1. Yes, at the end of the week!

  23. What beautiful pictures Anouka!The LA sunset is unbeatable ;) Have fun on your trip!!

  24. Great pics! Those hotels look nice..especially The Saguaro. Can't wait for more posts :)

  25. Palm Springs has breathtaking views! Love the nature there! Look like your first day was pretty interesting, which is cool!

  26. Great room, love the view in your photos!



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