Chris Lynch

Opinion

ANAHEIM: DISNEYLAND AND BEYOND


Sunday 02nd October, 2016
Newstalk ZB’s Chris Lynch recently travelled to Anaheim, California and discovered there’s a lot more to the city than just Disneyland. Anaheim in Southern California is home to the most famous theme parks on earth. Disneyland resort remains the city’s number one attraction and with good reason, given it’s “the happiest place on earth.” The park is ever expanding and construction for a Star Wars themed attraction is well underway at Disney’s California Adventure Park, located next to Disneyland. The city has a lot more to offer travellers than just magic kingdoms and rollercoasters.  Locals are proud to live in a city with Disneyland as their backyard but they’re equally appreciative when Disney fans venture further afield to explore their vibrant city, which boasts superb restaurants, food outlets and markets. 

Los Angeles more than glitz & glamour  Chris Lynch travelled to LA & explored Venice, The Grove, Santa Monica and downtown LA 


Saturday 23rd January, 2016
VENICE BEACH is distinctively Californian and a must see area of Los Angeles. It’s a paradox in many ways. Luxury homes and apartments with incredible sea views stretch the length of the beach, accompanied by gritty urban playing fields with skate parks, volley and basketball courts. Somehow, the contrasting lifestyles of the rich, and not so rich, blends together perfectly, creating a unique vibe you won’t experience anywhere else in Los Angeles. If you like visiting world famous locations, but find crowds overwhelming, visit Los Angeles during the New Zealand summer break. Venice Beach, for example, is much quieter, given our summer is their winter, if there is such a thing in California! You’ll get away with wearing a t-shirt while walking along the world famous Venice Beach Boardwalk. Here you can buy just about anything you never knew you wanted, from tarot card readings to temporary tattoos. If you walk past street artists, but miss them performing a routine on a giant piano, and take their photo, be prepared to throw them some dollars for the privilege. They make a living out of unintentionally looking slightly 'off.'  If you need a break from the weird and wacky, walk a few metres towards the sea, and step onto the ocean front walk. The world’s most recognisable palm trees separate the two walks. You’ll see plenty of locals exercising; a great motivator to make you keep walking! The people watching is a sport on its own. There are plenty of places along Venice Beach to hire everything beach related including bicycles, skateboards, surfboards, wet suits, boogie boards and even paddle boards. Speaking of exercise, just a few steps from the sand on Venice Beach Boardwalk is Muscle Beach Gym. Once the home gym of bodybuilders Arnold Schwarzenegger and Lou Ferrigno, the facility still serves the community as the only outdoor gym where Schwarzenegger lookalike bodies are everywhere.