Courtyard by Marriott Ventura - Simi Valley
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... local insights from the lovely commentator on the bus.
We decided to take a drive to Santa Monica as the sun was setting since it was less than hour from Hollywood. We took a walk a long the pier and watched the sun set. There were so many people! Santa Monica pier is the western end of Route 66 - that's an adventure for another time!
We had an authentic American dinner at Johnny Rocket's diner before heading back to our hotel in Hollywood.
... The view of LA is hazy, we're around the corner from Hollywood blvd. Eager to explore the sights, we put our walking gear on and head up to get a glimpse up close of the Hollywood hills/sign. Little did we know it was a hike for 3 hours, in a restricted area, we're not allowed in, but we did it anyway. Beachwood drive all the way, lost asking the locals where to go. We end up getting a taxi, $20US to drive 3mins. No Trespassing signs everywhere, no one around, happy snap ...
... all our luggage, we wanted to make sure it would fit) and despite the peak hour traffic, 12 mins later Vladimir picked us up in his new, huge Chevrolet Suburban. Got the the swanky Mondrian in 15 mins and checked in - very nice boutique accommodation, and slightly spooky in some areas. Walked down the road to the Saddle Ranch Chop House (rated 4/5 stars with over 500 reviews) just in time for happy hour where we had some beers, got given a container with about a ...
... we went to Santa Monica pier. It reminded me of the show Rocket Power from when I was little. It was ok.. Kind of like a bigger Hampton Beach with a ferris wheel but it was a pretty beach. We had a good lunch and listened to the Brazilians go crazy watching the cup.
We got back on the bus and went to Venice beach because for some reason I thought it was going to be nice... Yeah, no. That is what ...
... REI Socks - Hat - Eagle Creek quick dry towel - Eagle Creek Compression packing cube set
Toiletries - Eagle Creek toiletry bag - Deodorant - Clothes Soap - Floss - Toothbrush - Toothpaste - Nail Clippers - Body Wash/Shampoo - Purell Hand Sanitizer - Wet Wipes
Photography Gear - Amazon DSLR Case - Nikon D5100 - Extra Nikon Battery - iPad SD Card Reader -
Electronics - Samsung Galaxy ...