Friday, January 09, 2015

At Home In LA



Well, it didn't take us too long to get comfortable in LA.  Where we're staying, the Hollywood Bed and Breakfast is ideally located right off of Sunset Strip.  Walking distance to the many attractions on Sunset Boulevard.  We have a rental car but we can still walk to many places,

First I have to let you know I can't post as many photos as I've posted in my previous posts, the Internet upload speed is too slow where we're staying. I'll try to post a photo or two just to spice up this blog, but mostly it will be text.

Yesterday Pat and I met up with Tony D., another blogger.  Again, yet another blogger that I've met in person who is a fabulous person.  Tony is not only good-looking but smart, funny and personable.  We met Tony at The Gratitude Vegetarian Cafe a few miles from here.  What a good veggie lunch at The Gratitude.  Good company and good food.  Tony gave us several good tips to see when we're here in Hollywood.  After lunch he took us by the famous Paramount studio gate that many famous movie stars passed through including the icon scene when Gloria Swanson (as Nora Desmond) passed though for her comeback ("I'm ready for my closeup Mr. DeMille!") in her famous comeback movie "Sunset Boulevard." We parted ways with Tony but agreed to meet early next week to take the hike up to the Hollywood sign (he said the path is now open again).

Earlier in the day Pat and I took a dangerous ride up to the top of the Hollywood Hills which is right behind the bed and breakfast where we're staying.  What a ride that was! Comparable to a Disneyland ride.  At the of the hills, where the road ended, we turned around and saw construction workers working on a new house.  We parked and asked if we could look down.  Wow!  I actually got woozy from the height.  I could easily fall down that hill. I wonder how many people have?  We talked for a while with the the head builder and asked him how much that house would be worth.  Not surprisingly he said "Millions!" We wound our way down the hills.  I took a video (which I can't post now because of my slow upload speed but will later when I get home).

Later in the afternoon Pat took us for a ride to downtown Los Angeles to show me where he stayed before. This was the first time I saw the other, grittier side of LA.  Little Guatemala, Mexico, Honduras, San Salvadore .  . . . you get the idea. Also Little Korea, and other ethnic enclaves.  Quite a diverse city.  

We didn't get on the Freeway but we saw it!  Uh huh!  No way.  It looked like a big parking lot.

After about an hour I had enough of the big city driving the Old Section of Downtown LA.  There is also a New Section.  Maybe some other day. 

I'm still trying to get my rest in the afternoon before going out at night.  Last night we went to a popular Mexican restaurant on Sunset Strip.  I ate too much (which I won't do again) but it was good food.

This morning we got up early to do our laundry at a local laundromat. I know it doesn't sound like a Hollywood glamorous active but neither Pat or I mind going to the laundromat.  When we got back we checked into the dining room of our bed and breakfast to see what they had.  We were very pleasantly surprised to discover a sumptuous layout.  We won't be going out for breakfast anymore as long as we're here.  

Nadege S., another blog follower sent me an e-mail suggesting we meet her for lunch tomorrow at "The Grove."  Pat and I decided to do a trial run to find this place.  We were pleasantly rewarded with another surprise, a wonderful shopping "mall."  Neither one of us has ever seen anything like this before.  A totally enclosed mall with great (if expensive) stores and no automobile traffic. Just the soothing sounds of water falling from fountains and music flowing out of Bose speakers throughout the courtyard.  And the best thing?  The balmy, pleasant weather.  

Folks, I cannot tell you how much we're enjoying the find California weather and easy lifestyle.  I wish I could include more pictures and videos but take my word for it, California and Los Angeles; an great place to spend a vacation, especially in January!

12 comments:

  1. I adore California... enjoy your trip!

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  2. Ron, You two have been very busy in the short time you've been there! I love reading all about it, when you are back home it will be soon enough to see your pictures and videos. Maybe you and Pat will take another trip to Northern California, lots to see here and lots of wine.

    Cindy from Sonoma

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  3. I remain jealous, each and every day!

    Peace <3
    Jay

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  4. Glad to hear you are having fun, looking forward to regular updates.

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  5. Ron & Pat,
    Glad to hear you are enjoying LA.I was there 23 years ago when I was in my mid 40's and thought I died and went to heaven with all the eye candy in West Hollywood.I was there by myself and also rented a car.A drive up the Pacific Coast Highway and through Tapanga Canyon were very interesting. An area of Malibu on the beach reminded me of an old Porno Movie location.Just for the hell of it, a visit to Rodeo Drive and the Melrose area are a must see.
    Have fun and relax.
    David #100

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  6. Your visit to L.A. is obviously surpassing all expectations and I'm so glad. It truly is one of the most exciting and fascinating places on earth. It's great that you were able to meet Tony. I'm sure he knows an enormous amount of things about the area.

    I really like the photo of the Paramount Studio gate! It's been remodeled since I lived there. There also used to be a telephone booth there that I used very often (looks like it's been removed). When I was about 22 I lived only a few blocks away from Paramount with my then-lover, an actor named John.

    Your trip is conjuring up a lot of fond memories for me, Ron. Can't wait to hear more of your adventures.

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  7. Glad to know it's going so super-duper well. Your word-pictures are a tantalising taster for what's in store when we are presented with the visual 'evidence'.

    I'd always understood that it's impossible to see LA without a car, but from what you say it seems that if you get a conveniently located hotel, as you've done, you can still see a fair bit. I'd love to be there, but if I were ever lucky enough to come to Cal, LA would have to be just one of AT LEAST a two-stop visit - the other being, of course, SF - though I'd imagine that that too has radically changed since those heady flower-power and gay-lib days.

    Keep enjoying - and there's no doubt that you will!

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  8. LA is a great place to visit, but not a great place to live! Oy! The traffic.

    Now, San Francisco, my old stomping grounds? There's a City!

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  9. I continue to be jealous, each and every day! What a WONDERFUL TRIP! So glad it's been so great!

    Peace <3
    Jay

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  10. Anonymous5:24 PM

    Sounds like you're having a blast, Ron! I'm so jealous! Are you all taking one of those bus tours of the star's homes, or a studio? Also, when are you going to the beach? Hope you keep having tons of fun. ~~~ NB

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  11. Hi Ron, It's to bad I couldn't make it too. I have an aunt (my Dad's sister) that lives in Huntington Beach. Along with a couple of cousins, it's got to 30 years since I've been out to LA. I love LA to quote a Randy Newman song. Randy in NEB.

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