I really needed a good night’s sleep, but the location of the hotel right below the final part of the approach to LAX made it rather impossible. However, the 10 hours of sleep I got on the plane yesterday apparently sufficed, because I woke up at 7.00 am and felt fit as a fiddle.
After having a typical American budget hotel breakfast I checked out and walked the 600m to the new hotel, which I had booked for today. This hotel is a really nice Marriott hotel with bath tub and flat screen TV and best of all; the rooms are soundproof, so even though the aircraft still roar over my head, I haven’t noticed it at all, while I’ve been here.
From the hotel there is a shuttle bus down to nearby Manhattan Beach, so this is where I spent the afternoon today. It’s a very nice area with a beautiful broad beach, where you can play beach volley or go on a bicycle ride along the shore. The area also has plenty of small restaurants and boutiques.
I really like Manhattan Beach. Compared to Venice and Santa Monica, there were almost no tourists, and there was so much space, you could easily find yourself a quiet spot to sit and watch the seagulls.
When the jet lag-induced sugar cravings kicked in, I walked over to Cupcakes Couture (2017: Now Manhattan Beach Creamery), which is an adorable, pink pastry shop. Well inside, I could choose between Designer Cupcakes for $ 4 or Couture Cupcakes for $ 7.
They all looked tasty, but I finally decided on a strawberry cheesecake cupcake and a macaroon with strawberry flavor. I’m usually not that into cupcakes, as I often find them too sweet for my taste, but the one I got today was perfect, and I almost regretted that I only ordered one.
Now I am back at the hotel and my body has started realizing that it is 4.00 am Danish time, so I think I will go for a light meal at the hotel restaurant and after that, directly to bed.