The Final Day ahhhhhhh

Trip Start Jul 18, 2011
Trip End Aug 17, 2011

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Monday, August 15, 2011

Well its our last full day today we fly back to good old blighty on the 5.17pm flight from LAX tomorrow - looking forward to seeing our families but sad it marks the end of a brilliant once in a lifetime holiday.

We started today with breakfast in a bakery just across the road from the hotel then we got the bus to Wilshire and Santa Monica Boulevard - a short walk took us to Rodeo Drive. It was 8.30 in the morning so the "beautiful people" were still needing their beauty sleep and the street was deserted apart from security - had a stroll down the famous road looking at the shopfronts - all very pretty - even the palm trees grew in unison - not even a frond out of place!  

Next stop Santa Monica Pier - great fun, rode the most famous ferris wheel in the USA, was suitably reverent at the end of Route 66 and rode on the merry go round.  After a laze on the beach and a paddle in the Pacific Ocean (really strange because we also paddled in the Pacific Ocean on the other side of the world last week!) we hired a tandem bike.  Ok yes it seemed a good idea at the time - Dawn was in front as Sue couldn't reach the floor so went on the back which was lower - once we managed (after several attempts) to get going we had to negotiate a cycle path with lots of bends - you might think what's all the fuss about but when you realise Dawn was steering you will probably get the answer - absolutely right she couldn't steer.  Another slight problem we had was we couldn't stop - we envisaged ourselves travelling the whole of Route 66 and ending up in Chicago as skeletons still welded to the tandem - with Dawn's ghost shouting "out of the way please I can't steer" - yes she really did shout that at everyone we met!

This evening we went to a fantastic Italian Restaurant and had a meal to celebrate the end of the holiday - good job it is the end because the bill was the size of the national debt!   Dawn tried Panacotta for the first time and really enjoyed it - the wine also went down well!  We haven't finished celebrating yet once we upload this its back to the hotel bar to say a fond farewell.

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Julie on

It's been wonderful sharing your trip with you, and having a giggle at your antics! Look forward to catching up with you in person. Have a good journey home x

Daf on

I can’t believe how quickly your holiday has gone. Thank you for sharing your trip of a lifetime with us – I think we all looked forward to the next chapter of your travels. Hope you have a good journey back – you probably need to have a good sleep on the plane to catch up with all of your exploits!

nanka on

It's been great to folllow your adventures, have a safe trip back! xx

Sam sutton on

Well its been brilliant following you both around. i feel like i've been with you! have a safe journey home and look forward to hearing about more

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