SpringHill Suites Pasadena Arcadia
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... for the day over breakfast at the hotel....mmm bacon. First things first, a stop at the farmers markets at La brea for jerky, hot sauce and Starbucks. Dried meat isn't really my thing but Damian scoffed his sample down whilst I screwed up my face at the "road kill". I don't think I'm meant to get it, it's caveman instincts, I assume. After a quick walk through eyeing off the massive caramelised apples and pumpkins ready for Halloween we wandered through the grove checking out ...
... you can look at the history and the photos http://www.lapl.org. Too much to tell and very interesting place. From the library which went for an hour, we decided to grab a bite for lunch and ended up in a small food court. We shared a sushi box and some sparkling water. The prices here are similar to home, they are not as cheap as most other US states although are marginally cheaper than our own. The box cost $9.95 plus tax. We decided it was time Skype Janis and the dogs as it's 3.00 ...
... very cool.
From there we made our way to the famous Greek Theatre which is an open air amphitheatre set in LA's biggest park, Griffith Park for the Michael McDonald/Toto double bill. Luckily I had found out it is best to book parking. All the close parking lots were sold out but managed to book what they call an off-site parking spot and they have shuttle buses which then drive you to the theatre. Luckily it was well signposted and ...
... to the Canal area. Wow, there are some nice places down there. The tide was out so it smelt a little, but I reckon I could probably live there. Don't know what it would be like on a rainy day though.
Stopped at a cafe near the beach and got a salad for lunch. Was pretty good.
Back on the bike along the beach and went past Santa Monica all the way ...
... which will have to be sent home by post.
Hollywood Boulevard is pretty amazing in terms of the tourist trappiness of it all. I got a CD foisted on me (for which I paid $5). But we did get on the TMZ tour which was pretty fun. No celebrities spotted though. Might have been too hot, faces might have melted.