California Travel

Griffith Observatory


One of the Frenchman’s best friends came to visit us from Belgium for a weekend stopover on his way to Las Vegas. It’s hard to decide what makes the cut for two days in LA, but hands down, a favorite place to take any visitor is the Griffith Observatory. It’s beautiful, breathtaking and now even more popular after being featured in La La Land.



Not only is the observatory a sight to see, but there are great views of the Hollywood sign.


Welcome to Hollywood! What’s your dream? Everybody comes here; this is Hollywood, land of dreams. Some dreams come true, some don’t; but keep on dreamin’ – this is Hollywood. Always time to dream, so keep on dreamin’. –Pretty Woman

Sidenote: Every time someone says “Hollywood” I automatically think of the above quote from Pretty Woman. Just love that movie.

griffith observatory and views of los angeles

On clear (aka smog-free) days, you can see views of downtown LA to the south and the ocean to the west.

a day at griffith observatory

views of downtown from griffith observatory


Plus the art deco details get me every time. Just look at the doors – the color, the pattern, the blue-green patina on the copper base boards.

seafoam green doors with art deco details at griffith observatory


griffith observatory arches and art deco details


This guy cracks me up.  He takes those binoculars everywhere… you just never know when you’ll need them.


telescope at griffith observatory

I always get entranced by the Foucault Pendulum in the rotunda. I could probably spend hours watching it swing back and forth.



We’ll be back with our next LA visitor!

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  • Reply Jennifer February 8, 2018 at 9:05 am

    Your photos are breathtaking! I instantly thought of La La Land. Can I be your LA tourist friend too? 🙂 Looking forward to your other LA spot picks.

    • Reply lessoufflet February 8, 2018 at 5:16 pm

      Thanks Jennifer! Yes! Let’s make a date for an LA outing. I love exploring the city 🙂

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