Inspiration / Los Angeles

23.4.09

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There are only a few cities in the world I am completely madly obsessed with and have been for years. Tokyo, Los Angeles, Stockholm and London.
I now live in London, so that's one obsession under control. I am going to Stockholm in July (merci maman for sharing your hotel room with me). I hope to go to Tokyo sometime soon.
I have been to Los Angeles in 2004. It was only for a week, but I drew so much energy from this city, and so much inspiration that all I want to do is go there again. A lot of people absolutely hate it, mainly because it is "not New York". But this is what I like about L.A. - it is not NY. To me NY is just an americanised version of London, with taller buildings. I don't feel as if going there would be a massive change of scenery.
Los Angeles is a weird one, it is so gigantic, but at the same time, the various areas seem to have a nice community vibe going. It is totally just my impression about the place after a week, so I am sure locals will say I am mistaken.
A giant metropolis by the sea is pretty much my idea of heaven though. Like July Stars, I have a strong taste for nature, but I also come running back to the city and kiss the ground after a holiday in the middle of nowhere.
I shall now stop talking and leave you with images...

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Depuis de nombreuses années, je suis totalement obsédée par plusieurs villes: Tokyo, Stockholm, Londres et Los Angeles. Je vis à Londres, donc je suis tranquille de e côté là. Je vais à Stockholm en Juillet et j'espère aller à Tokyo dans un futur pas trop lointain...
J'ai eu la chance de séjourner à LA en 2004. Un très court séjour, juste une semaine. Mais cela m'a suffit pour tomber raide dingue de l'énergie de cette ville. J'ai une envie folle d'y retourner aussi vite que possible.
Beaucoup de gens détestent LA pour la simple raison que ce n'est pas NY... A mes yeux, NY n'est qu'une version américanisée de Londres, pas de dépaysement, pas de surprise.
LA est étrange, c'est une ville gigantesque, mais constituée de quartiers avec des communautés soudées (en tous cas c'est l'impression que j'ai eu).
Une métropole géante au bord de la mer, c'est pour moi le paradis. Comme July Stars, j'adore la nature, mais je retourne en ville avec plaisir après des vacances en rase campagne.

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Are there some places you are desperate to go to, or to go back to? Did you leave your heart somewhere in the world? Where do you live?

Photos are mine. Maps and postcards from LA Yesterday.

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