L.A to S.F
14.09.2012 - 17.09.2012 100 °F
WOW..... what happened to the week JUST GONE ????
Life has been hectic since we arrived, (hence the lack of postings!!!!)
Our base in LA was a cute little apartment ideally situated in a little village in Hollywood (similar to Rathdowne Street) only one block back from Hollywood Blvd. It seams that we can't get away from the Scientologists.... The apartment was directly across the road from the Celebrity Scientology centre, a very impressive building indeed!
We did the usual touristy things, and also hung out with the locals. After our visit to Rodeo drive we jumped on the local bus to Venice Beach, if any of you have caught the 57 tram you will be able associate with our experience. It was like going from Toorak
to Footscray!!!! Venice beach was an experience with the highlight being watching the local dudes at the skate park, boy they are talented skaters. We devoted a good hour to this pastime. Afer Richard took some great shots he discovered that he had left the memory card in the computer at home........ Our first 2 days photos disappeared with one little message flashing momentarily on our view back screen 'Demo only' !!!
Our timing for the walk between Venice Beach and Santa Monica pier couldn't have been better, with the sun setting over the water. Once arriving at Santa Monica we strolled the pier... no not hand in hand! We enjoyed the ambiance and then headed back to the apartment.
Early the next day we headed off to Disneyland. Kelly you were right we needed to go. How amazing is this place we spent 12 hours there!!! Everything runs like clock work and not a piece of rubbish to be seen anywhere. We did the rides that Bri and Ash recommended and Sam it was California screaming wasn't it? (you would have to be joking). Managed a few photos with the Disney characters, Lily we met Minnie who gave me a big cuddle for you. The highlight of the day though had to be the Disney Parade!!!! What a shame we never enjoyed this experience with the girls.
After working out the correct protocols with the navigation system in our hire car, Richard soon learnt that GPS1 (Glenda Positioing System) always overrides GPS2 (Global Positioning System) So we left LA early and made our way up the coast to San Francisco through some spectacular countryside. The drive from Moro to Monterey although very tiring, 4 hours of winding roads, was well worth the diversion from the main inland route. After a quick stop off at Hearst Castle we arrived at SF after an 11 hour drive to find that our accommodation had been double booked. Not what we needed with a flat IPad battery in an unfamiliar city at 9pm at night. Not happy campers when we had paid a deposit and reconfirmed our booking a week before our arrival!!!!!! Our little hiccup didn't end there, SF has a Convention in town, 45,000 DELEGATES in total and No Vacancy signs everywhere. We used to love those signs..... but not tonight !! After driving around for a couple of hours, over bridges and up and down very steep hills we finally found a vacancy in a motel with a -1 star rating. At this point as long as we had a bed with hopefully clean sheets we didn't care, we needed some rest, our stay in SF can only get better from here on.