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California Diary | Palm Springs

Palm Springs, California
Palm Springs, California
Palm Springs town centre, California
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mid-century architecture in Palm Springs, California
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Palm Springs, California
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Palm Spings

Everyone I know in L.A. thought we were nuts to want to go to Palm Springs in September.

The temperature is crazy, not everything is open, and did I mention the temperature? Crazy. Or so everyone told us, anyway. I’ve wanted to see Palm Springs ever since I was 18 years old, though, reading Generation X, and dreaming of a place that would be totally different from anywhere I’d ever seen in my life – and I’ve also just lived through the worst summer in living memory, so “it’ll be really sunny” isn’t exactly going to put me off, is it?

Well, Palm Springs is definitely totally different from anywhere I’ve ever been: in fact, I think it’s the most “Other” place I’ve been – and I mean that in the nicest possible way, because I LOVED Palm Springs. The day before, at dinner, we’d talked about finding your “place”: I’m not sure Palm Springs is my place – it’s a little too isolated to feel totally comfortable – but I was fascinated by the sheer “otherness” of the desert streets: cactus gardens instead of lawn, burning hot asphalt, and that end-of-the-world feeling that makes it totally different from anywhere else. Las Vegas is also an oasis in the desert, but it’s hard to remember that when you’re walking down the strip. Palm Springs, though, may be less than two hours from L.A., but it feels a whole lot further away, and I kinda liked that about it.

We got lucky, and arrived on a relatively overcast day, which meant the temperature was “only” around 102 degrees (which is pretty close to what we’d had in L.A. that week), as opposed to the 120-or-more it can get to at this time of year. We had lunch in a cute little restaurant (Which I’m actually really annoyed not to have noted down the name of, because the food and service was awesome…), and then had a wander around town, ducking into stores whenever we could, mostly just to escape the heat.

One of the things Palm Springs is famous for is the mid-century architecture of some of the homes: it’s one of my favourite styles, being very retro, but still totally contemporary, so I was looking forward to seeing it. We stopped in one neighbourhood which contained quite a few of those homes: it was just a random suburban street, but all of the gardens were full of cacti (and absolutely no greenery, as you’d expect in a desert town), and the view of the mountains at the end of street made me stop in my tracks just to stare at it.  As I walked down the street, I tried to imagine what it would be like to live in a place like that: I’ve no idea, but I’m glad I got to see it, if only for a little while.

Afterwards we drove up for a look at the arial tramway, which we didn’t actually go on this time: seriously, that thing looked even more terrifying in real life than it did in the photos I’d seen of it, but you still get a pretty good view from the tram station, so it was worth the short drive. I, meanwhile, felt like I’d won the lottery when the decision was made NOT to take the tram to the top of the mountain, because given that I’ve now freaked out on both the London Eye and Eiffel Tower, I have a feeling I wouldn’t have handled the whole ‘dangling from a mountain by a thread’ thing very well. Just a hunch…

(*P.S. That’s a playsuit I’m wearing, by the way, not a dress: for some reason, although I’d never wear a dress that short, the fact that this is technically shorts makes me willing to do it: I think pretty much anything goes in 102 degree heat, though…)

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WEARING: Ancient Matalan playsuit and River Island flats; Topshop hat

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10 Comments
  • Andrea@WellnessNotes
    September 15, 2015

    Palm Springs has been on my “list” for years! But the only time we could every possibly go is the summer and I’ve feared the heat…

    I love your playsuit! Looks great with the shoes & hat!

    • Amber
      September 15, 2015

      I think the heat would make it impossible to do anything other than lie by the pool in the summer – it’s one of the few times I’ve considered myself “lucky” to get an overcast day rather than a sunny one!

  • Trudy
    September 15, 2015

    Palm Springs is definitely on my list of places to visit! x
    TrudyJohanna x

  • Helen Love
    September 15, 2015

    Loving all your posts and photographs Amber! I feel like I am almost on the trip with you! Palm Springs looks amazing! Enjoy every minute! Oh, and I hope the wee yellow duck does too! 🙂 xxx

    • Amber
      September 15, 2015

      Haha, he’s having a ball 😉

  • Jaclyn
    September 15, 2015

    Amber I’m so impressed with you blogging every day even when you’re on holiday!! Please share your secrets – I’m taking a month long honeymoon at the end of this year and currently the thought of leaving my blog abandoned for a month (or attempting to schedule a months worth of posts!!) is filling me with dread! I’d love to hear if you have any tips – like did you take a laptop or are you relying on internet cafe’s? and do you have a specific camera for travelling that allows easier uploading/less editing? Maybe this would make a good blog tips post?

    Anyhoo excuse my frantic questions, but I’d be grateful of any advice. I love the idea of blogging while I’m away but I also know the horror of trying to edit pics without photoshop or write words on an ipad and try to navigate the wordpress app on limited wifi might just cause me unecessary stress…

    Loving reading your diary entries – they are fab! So glad you’re having such a great time

    Jac
    x

    • Amber
      September 15, 2015

      I think I’ll try and do a post on this when I get home – I actually didn’t intend to keep up daily blogging while I was here (I figured I’d maybe do a few a week!) but it’s actually been much easier than I’d have thought: it’s so easy to get outfit photos etc when the weather is so reliable (she says, looking out at pouring rain!) that it doesn’t take up nearly as much time as it would at home – you can basically just go about your day, and as long as you remember to take the camera along, you’ll have a blog post by the end of it! Definitely one for a blog tips post, though – and OMG, I’m so jealous of your month-long honeymoon!

  • JoAnn Moran
    September 15, 2015

    Anyone who looks as good as you do in something short should feel great about wearing a playsuit.

  • stacie herndon
    September 16, 2015

    Loved your article! I live in Palm Springs, and I adore it. There isn’t one single day that passes that my breath isn’t taken away by some beauty spot. And it’s a joy to live somewhere that others see as an escape! Your comment about Palm Springs seeming other worldly is so true…there’s no place else like it 🙂

  • Erika
    September 25, 2015

    Man, if you freaked out on the Eiffel Tower, you would NOT like the Aerial Tramway… every time you go past one of the support towers, the tram drops and sways back and forth. Even I was a little freaked out and I’m not really afraid of heights! It is very pretty up there, but I’m not sure I could handle it again.

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