ALL EYES ON THE PRIZE
There’s no doubt that when the Escape team gets to work tomorrow there’ll be an inbox of emails suggesting that our cover story list of the best of LA could do with some reworking, and that another beach, theme park, music or sporting venue should take the first prize.
This cheerful dissonance and mild outrage happens with all lists and any opinion piece or story stamped with the word “best”. It’s because unless the measurement for greatness is scientific or mathematical – for instance, calculated on the most visited, or a poll or vote large enough to be valid – just about every one of them has a degree of subjectivity.
In the case of Los Angeles, we’ve enlisted a Californian native with a keen knowledge of how Australians think, to cast a critical eye around his home town. He’s nominated a shortlist and then a winner in attractions and places holiday-makers to the US would be keen to visit.
Aussies love this part of the world as the beach and active outdoor lifestyle and food and drinks culture feel familiar to those of us who live in coastal cities and towns. Opposite to that is intriguingly insane fame and wealth that comes with a place that’s home to Hollywood and the epicentre of the world’s entertainment industry.
We timed our story on the eve of the Academy Awards when all eyes are on the red carpet and fans are wondering how one of the world’s most famous popularity contests will deal with the debacle of last year’s mistaken announcement. While Moonlight got the top gong, we can assure you that in our minds LA LA Land – the place, not the movie – deserves a gold statuette. Or at least a place in your travel diary for the year to come.
JANA FRAWLEY, NATIONAL TRAVEL EDITOR