January, 2017 and a trip to LA - never been before so this was to be a new experience. 11 hours on a plane later and we arrived. First impressions were "boy this place does traffic". 7 lane freeways all packed - a hell of a baptism of fire when you collect a hire car in LA.
Having mastered the traffic we headed off to many of the iconic locations in and around LA. Some we loved, some we hated and some in the middle! We enjoyed our trip up to the Pacific Coast. Firstly we dropped into Santa Monica and this first photo kind of sums up California I suppose - palm trees, sunshine and blue sky.
Of course, a trip to Santa Monica isn't complete without a walk onto the pier and a chance for a panoramic shot which turned out quite well.
Although we enjoyed Santa Monica we arrived early and it was getting incredibly busy towards late morning so we headed a little north along the Pacific Coast Highway and came upon a real jewel and probably our favourite place during our trip. Zuma Beach.
This place was beautiful and so quiet. The highlight though was a dolphin pod spending some time with a couple of surfers in the water and then having a go themselves - this was awesome to watch them playing in the surf.
We had a trip up to the Griffith Observatory to look out over LA (and it's smog)
An awe inspiring drop into the museum to look at the now retired Endeavour Space Shuttle. Mans ingenuity and resourcefulness in full effect.
We had a trip to Hollywood Boulevard and were very underwhelmed - but hey, we'd been and done it.
We dropped into Rodeo Drive - famous but at the end of the day it's just shops! However, my wife is a huge fan of the film "Pretty Woman" so we had to grab a few pictures of the Beverly Wilshire.
We are also huge fans of the TV series "Lucifer". Rather niche this but the outside shots of the main characters residence are of a hotel in LA (the Sunset Tower Hotel on Sunset Boulevard) so we dropped by to grab a photo. Interestingly, the TV series actually adds a CGI spire to the roof!
Near the end of our trip we got to watch the LA Kings play hockey against the Dallas Stars in the Staples Center - what a facility.
In summary, we enjoyed our trip and we did some great things - we don't plan to go back but if we did we'd spend all our time on the Pacific Coast and probably at Zuma Beach.