I wasn't immediately taken with the city, it's a bit bonkers on first arrival - reliant on cars - there are few people walking the streets and the roads are wide. People also drive very slowly, but I think this has more to do with the fact Marijuana is legal if you have any 'medical ailments', and I imagine that Valium and sedatives are the other drugs of choice (which I think I prefer to the Lager and Cocaine culture in London)
You soon realise that the streets of LA are lined with beautiful Palm Trees and every car park or service station has areas devoted to Succulents and Cacti.
Palm Tree lined street
Palm trees surrounding The Beverley Hills Hotel
Cacti at a Service Station
You also notice that many stores are covered in Ivy or other climbing plants
Marc Jacobs Shopfront on Melrose
This is another house and garden in the Disneyland castle style - located in Beverley hills.
It does make me smile.
Even the graveyards are happy places to visit because of the planting and cleanliness - you feel as though life is being celebrated.
Here's Marilyn Monroes Grave (covered in lipstick)...
The building Marilyn is laid to rest in has, again, been built around the palm trees.
A novel grave flower holder -
A Painting of Plants
One place you really get a feel for the planting in LA is high up on the Hollywood Hills at the Griffith Observatory. From the Observatory you can see all across LA and before you notice any smog (which LA is renowned for) you see lots and lots of green, then you see the sun, then you see the sea, then you see the 'Hollywood' sign and then you fall in love with LA instantly.
View from The Griffith Observatory
Did you know that... LA should really have an electric railway system in place but General Motors allegedly bought up all the electric trains (as it did in many cities throughout America) so as to replace them with buses and cars (which GM would manufacture and make loads of money from doing so). Also - this is the background story in 'Who Framed Roger Rabbit' (the baddy wants control of Toontown so he can build lots of roads and dismantle the Trolleys).