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Nov 26, 2013 - Los Angeles

Hi, Los Angeles officially the City of Los Angeles, often known by its initials L.A., is the most populous city in the U.S. state of California and the second-most populous in the United States, after New York City, with a population at the 2010 United States Census of 3,792,621.It has an area of 469 square miles (1,215 km2), and is located in Southern California.

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TimH

Nov 25, 2013 - Just Cruisin' Along!

25 NOV 13 – At Sea, off the coast of Baja California, Mexico. Day 4. Our first full day afloat was all about exploring and getting into the cruising lifestyle. The Star is not the biggest cruise ship afloat by any means, but at around 91,000 tonnes, she is plenty big enough! There are fourteen decks to explore and most of them have at least a couple of public areas – some are totally public; i.e., no cabins. I won’t go into a detailed description of what is where as that would be very boring, but if you are interested go to ncl.com to see...

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Nov 25, 2013 - Santa Barbara to Los Angeles

I woke up early this morning & actually heard the Mission bells ring the Angelus at 6:00am which was a lovely way to start my last day in California. I took my time packing up as I only had a 2 hour drive to LA so left Santa Barbara a bit before 10:00am. The highway went through Ventura so it made sense to stop at San Buenaventura Mission which was #9 & the last Mission to be dedicated by Father Serra in 1782. They had an interesting museum & a good self-guided tour so I happily filled in a couple of hours. Again, the Mission buildings are...

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Nov 25, 2013 - Los Angeles

September 25, 2013- Los Angeles – The biggest city in California- The city has got a subtropical climate. The warmest months are July and August. The rain falls from November to March. There is always wind from the Pacific. Such a busy city. Such a dirty air. One part of the city is Hollywood. I was there and took photos. California has got many grazing and many fruits come from here. I also visited the Walk of Fame with over 2500 stars from famous actors and singers. The Warner Bross studios were also very interesting. I hoped I could see...

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Bili

Nov 24, 2013 - Let's go sailing - with drama!

24 NOV 13 – Los Angeles, USA – Embarkation Day. Day 3. Today was Embarkation Day! Ray started with 40 minutes in the gym, then it was time to pack, enjoy a leisurely breakfast and check out. We rendevouzed with our fellow-travellers in the lobby to wait for our shuttle to the port and discovered that two of them had inadvertently left their passports at home! This was a big deal as it was very unlikely that they would be allowed to board the ship at all. They decided to try, anyway, and travelled with us to the port. Our shuttle turned up...

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Nov 23, 2013 - 23 Nov 13 - Groundhog Day - almost!

23 NOV 13 – Los Angeles, USA. Day 2. Well, it wasn’t quite Groundhog Day – it was same date, different place! That International Dateline can mess with your head! We arrived in Los Angeles pretty much on time at around 9:30 am and much to our surprise had an exceptionally smooth and pleasant transit through immigration. Customs was a lot slower but, even so, we were on the way to our hotel just over an hour after the wheels hit the runway. You have to be happy with that. As in Sydney, our room was ready as soon as we arrived at the hotel,...

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Oct 20, 2013 - 1 day in L.A.

While New York goes upwards, Los Angeles goes outwards - large, flat and sprawling, quite a contrast. A 6hr flight across the country from NY, about the same time as Sydney to Perth I guess. Smooth arrival, chilled out in my nearby hotel, headed out early the next morning. Because of being so far out near LAX (airport) it took nearly 2 hours by metro (3 changes - green then blue then red lines) to reach North Hollywood even though the system is clean, efficient and well-marked. So, I missed my planned walking tour by about 10 mins. Had a...

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Oct 16, 2013 - San Diego to Los Angeles

Our last day together & I keep wondering how I’ll handle being by myself again. The house was reasonably tidy so it wasn’t hard packing up but we’d accumulated food & drinks which I needed to take with us so it was a bit of a challenge packing the Toyota Corolla with all our stuff. We left San Diego about 10:00am heading for Los Angeles with only a couple of short stops for a break at the rest area & for fuel. We went straight to the motel I’d booked near the airport, dropped our stuff & found an Arby’s for a roast beef roll for lunch. Then...

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Oct 15, 2013 - San Diego

Our last day together & I think we’re all a little sad because it’s been a wonderful time for us all. Neil & Vivian had another trip to the car rental places to take Vivian’s car back & pick up the car Neil & David are taking to LA. Mary Ann Balistrieri came over for a visit but sadly she & John split up so long ago that Lee doesn’t remember her at all & the boys only had very vague memories. I think she liked to meet them all again & we had a good chat. After she left, they all decided we had time to go to Old Town for lunch as it was the...

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Oct 9, 2013 - International Date Line

For those of you wondering about the long flight here, I am happy to report it wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be. Qantas (which incidentally is an acronym which stands for Queensland and New Territories Airline Service) is very high on my list of favorite airlines. We took off from LA a little bit late, closer to midnight than the scheduled 11:30, with over 500 passengers on board! We were seated upstairs in Premium Economy, having bumped up for the long journey. Boy, am I ever glad we did. We were greeted with a champagne toast (or...

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Shinns Down Under

Oct 8, 2013 - Tour of LA

A nice day in beautiful, sunny southern California! Took off on a bus tour of LA and drove maybe 100 miles from one end of the county to the other. Rode down Sunset Blvd., Melrose Avenue, Rodeo Drive (no, didn't see anything to buy!, Wilshire, Hollywood. Stopped at Olvera Street, the old city center, and La Brea Tar Pits. Had lunch at Pampas in the Farmer's Market. Nothing like the farmer's market in Culpeper! Eatery after eatery, from all over the world. Pampas was a Brazilian cafe, and we enjoyed garlic chicken roasted on a spit. Mmmmm!...

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Shinns Down Under

Oct 7, 2013 - Flight to Los Angeles

Well, we're off, finally. Those of you who know about my tooth problem(s) will wonder, what is it with this girl? Sunday, the day before we left, I was in the dentist chair having a temporary crown fitted, having cracked the tooth the night before. The morning of take-off, I was having a root canal...not an auspicious beginning. Remember, last year? As we floated up the Rhine last October, another tooth chipped and I had to see a German dentist. Is someone trying to tell me not to fly overseas in October...or not to fly overseas at all?? We...

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