Arrived LA safe and sound, albeit a little tired as 03.00am UK time! Took another 1.5hrs to check through airport and reach hotel - that's quick for USA - before we could hit the pillows. In morning looked out of our 12th floor window to see a wonderful panorama of LA and all its suburbs seeing a good 10+miles to the hills behind LA and Hollywood with uninterrupted views. We expected to be surrounded by skyscrapers!
Joined a city tour bus in the morning which was just about all we could cope with. Visited all the well known venues: Beverly Hills, Hollywood, Sunset strip, gawped at some movie star homes - Tom Hanks / Speilburgs pad / Nicole Kidman dream boat and saw Charlie Chaplin's old homenow a girls school , to name just a few. PM went to Universal Studios which was great but by then we were flagging somewhat.
Back to hotel for dinner and an early well deserved nights sleep.
Day 2 leisurely slumming around hotel in the morning before going to local beach area known as Venice. Miles of lovely sand, but coldish waters. Lots of street performers and artists of every discription entertaining the weekends crowds - well not too busy really, just pleasant in the warm afternoon sunshine.
That evening flew to Auckland, missing Sunday completely and arriving at 07.00am on Monday in Auckland.