|My plane coming in for a landing at LAX|
Good morning folks! We have landed. Actually we landed yesterday. This is the first chance I've had to write about it.
Oh where do I start? I don't want to make this a long posting, so I'll try and cover the highlights,
I landed at LAX yesterday at about 11:17 AM, West Coast time. Pat had landed about an half an hour early. We met at the baggage claim round robin.
|Pat and I meet at the baggage claim at LAX|
From there we decided (I did actually) to rent a car. We took the shuttle bus to Enterprise Car Rental. We rented a beautiful white Nissan Sentra. Absolutely beautiful. By the way, I'm typing this blog not under my usual very comfortable circumstances. I'm in our room at the Hollywood Bed and Breakfast at this small desk. Pat is out riding around. He just can't get enough of LA. I have to say I can't either. I love LA! What a wonderful suggestion Pat made.
At the airport he said "Can you believe that his morning when I left Toronto the temperature was 10 degrees and I was sweeping snow off of my front steps?"
Well, what greeted us as we stepped on that Enterprise Car Rental shuttle bus was a balmy 80 degrees and palm trees. Real palm trees, not those plastic ones that I see in Rehoboth Beach (shame on you Rehoboth!)
Pat and I were both up very early in the morning to catch our flights but we were too excited to go to our bed and breakfast and rest. We checked in at the Hollywood Bed and Breakfast, which by the way is a lovely little bed and breakfast at a perfect location. Right in West Hollywood, not far from Sunset Strip
|Pat and Ron at Sunset Boulevard|
We walked by the Whiskey A Go Go and the guy outside gave us two free tickets for the performance that night. After a lovely, relaxing lunch at the Vegan Grill we finally returned to our lodgings to rest. Remember, we lost three hours. Our bodies were still on East Coast time while our day was now on West Coast time.
|Our delicious vegan lunch yesterday|
After a rest, and shower we headed out to the Whiskey A Go Go, former home of such illustrious rock stars as Jimi Hendrix, Jim Morrison and Cream. Yes folks, the stage we were going to see performers that night held those rock legends of the past. Well folks, the lighting may have been good, the sound good but the entertainment? Well, let's just say the Whiskey A Go Go is not what it used to be. We walked in on a sad little fellow strumming his guitar with a sad little girl standing next to him humming. Yes, humming. My first impulse was to whisper to Pat and make fun of them but I thought wiser of such a foolish action. Here I am a tourist doing the "tourist" thing and they're just doing . . . well . . . um . . their thing.
|Bandstand at Whiskey A Go Go|
We drive around a bit, soaking up the local vibes then stopped in "Norman's" for a late night snack (basil tomato soup, what can I tell you? We're two senior citizens).
This morning we took a ride up the Hollywood Hills. Man oh man, are they ever steep. Going up that twisty, winding, narrow road is almost like a ride at the carnival. I actually got woozy at the top. I don't know how anyone can live in those houses. Fantastic views of Los Angeles but what do they do when it snows?
|Your intrepid travelers atop the Hollywood Hills with downtown Los Angeles in the background|