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Jan 8, 2015 - L.A. Day Two

Day Two of touring Los Angeles. This time we hopped in the rental car and went in a different direction to hit the sights of downtown, Beverly Hills and Hollywood mostly, another of the 'Hop On Hop Off bus' routes. Today we parked the rental car at the Farmer's Market, a historic and permanent market for everything, from groceries to souvenirs and fast food. First we had lunch in the market, and then caught the double decker tour bus. We squeezed our way through the fashion district around Hollywood and Vine, including Rodeo Drive again,...

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Winter West

Jan 8, 2015 - Hollywood!

We departed earlier this time for our day of exciting sightseeing, you know doing the tourist thingy! We took a long drive on the freeway past downtown Los Angeles. We parked the car at a Farmers Market were we grabbed a quick bite to eat and then jumped on our tour bus and off to Hollywood we went. The bus brought us past the CBS studios where the Price is right was filmed unfortunately I didn't get to guess the actual retail price. We arrived on Hollywood Blvd were we got our first up-close look of many iconic sights such as the...

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Jan 7, 2015 - The Kids Have Arrived, We're All In LA

We had headed back to Palm Springs to have the technicians finish off the suspension work they had started before Christmas. The bus is much more stable now, not bouncing quite so much when trucks go by and we don't even notice the wind. And the weather has warmed up, even better! We left PS on Tuesday and drove into Long Beach, the RV park is close to LAX so we could pick up Niki and Mitch that night, at 11pm. Mike has managed the LA freeways without any problems so far. We got parked at the RV park and had the car rental company come pick...

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Winter West

Jan 7, 2015 - First Day in L.A.

As we lay in bed on the morning of our first full day in LA, we lay there not quite realizing where we are. Then it comes to us, we are in California, NO SNOW!! We slowly make our way out into the main part of the RV where Mike and Michelle are already awake and have the coffee on. We quickly figure out what the plan is for the day and off we go. Mike had it all planned out for us. We were going to take the Star Line tours through LA and see all the sights. Not a bad idea. After we drove to a random parking lot in the Del Rea area we...

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Jan 6, 2015 - The Great Departure for the West Coast!

So here we are all packed and ready to go. House is taken care of. Unplugged the cat and put her away until we get back, and a nice forecast of cold weather in the upcoming week. A good time to get on a plane and head to somewhere a little warmer. So off we go to the airport. After going through the extreme and rigorous process known as US customs we were on the other side waiting for our plane to depart. After we shared a nice early dinner of Quesadilla's and Poutine at the airport lounge our plane was finally ready to leave after a 45min...

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Dec 19, 2014 - Einreise in die USA: unterschiedliche Visa

Die USA sind jährlich ein beliebtes Reiseziel vieler Europäer. Doch einfach mit Personalausweis mal schnell hinfliegen funktioniert nicht. Die USA sind schließlich nicht Europa. Egal, welcher Hintergrund und welche Intension, ein Antrag für die Anreise muss in jedem Fall gestellt werden. Bei der Planung einer Reise in die USA sollte man sich frühzeitig über das nötige Visum informieren und dies ebenfalls rechtzeitig beantragen. Man unterscheidet zwischen der visumfreien Einreise, den Nicht-Einwanderungs-Visa und dem...

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USA Auslandsjahr

Oct 18, 2014 - Day 1 in Los Angeles

Day 22: The day started at our RV park in Orange County were we set off to see the beach. As you do in LA we hit lots of traffic but we made to Santa Monica Pier around 10.30am so we went straight for a walk along the pier. Arriving on the pier it was like I'd been there before, my playstation game Grand Theft Auto has a pier that must of been based on Santa Monica even the surrounding area was the same. After that we still had some time left in the day as no-one else wanted to take a bike ride along the beach so we headed to the La Brea...

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Oct 17, 2014 - Morro Bay to Los Angeles

Day 21: The final drive back to LA. We left Morro Bay at 9am and started the final leg to our trip back into LA, we will be three days ahead of due date but Yosemite is still not good for sight seeing. This time it is forest fires. We stopped at Santa Barbara on the way for a quick bit to eat and another Starbucks White Chocolate Mocha (very good). When we hit LA we got the wonderful LA traffic, very slow run the rest of the way to the RV park we would be staying in. The first place we want to stay and no room left but I think we found a...

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Sep 27, 2014 - Leaving for Los Angeles

Day 1: We flow out of Brisbane on time. Had a very not nice lady at check-in at Brisbane Airport. Landed in LA on the 27th of September @ 6.30am after the checks we found that my luggage was no where to be found and it possible had not even left Brisbane. After a coffee we jumped in a cab and arrived @ Cruise America. We got great service here and were on our way by 10am (after putting $100 fuel in the RV). From here we headed to Bishop, stopping @ Rosamond McDonalds for lunch and Lone Pine for more fuel (another $150). We arrived in Bishop...

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Sep 7, 2014 - Back to LA and onwards to Rarotonga

Today was spent driving back to Los Angeles before heading for the airport in the evening. If you only have a short time in LA we discovered the best thing was to head for Griffith Observatory in Griffith Park. This is situated on a hill overlooking the city from which you get stupendous views including the Downtown area, Hollywood and all of the surrounding mountains. It is also a free museum with everything you want to know about our galaxy and the planets. From there we drove to Hollywood and took a look at the Walk of Fame which...

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Sep 6, 2014 - Dana Point and San Clemente

After yesterday's mammoth drive we stayed local today. At 8am we went in search of breakfast (Denny's do a good line in breakfast) after which we enjoyed a walk to Dana Point, watching the surfers and coming across a Tall Ships Festival. I have never seen so many pirates. We really feel we are in Beach Boys territory here and I can't get their songs out of my head (Surfin' USA and California Girls to name but two). Their legacy runs deep here and being a sunny Saturday every one was out in the park at Dana Point with their families and surf...

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Sep 5, 2014 - Joshua Tree National Park

We had intended to drive down the coast to San Diego whilst we are here but the weather dawned cloudy and grey and if yesterday was anything to go by it would take much of the morning for the sun to break through on the coast. I had also been put off by the fact that San Diego is the 8th largest city in the USA (hard to believe, I know). Can you name the seven that are larger? I really didn't want to spend the few precious days that we have in the USA negotiating traffic in one of their largest cities. So we set off inland where we were...

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