Trip Start Aug 15, 2008
22Trip End ??? ??, 2009
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We touched down around 3pm local time and after collecting our luggage we headed to our hotel situated only minutes from the arrivals hall. For those of you who have never been to LAX airport, the locality of it and the ease in which you can pass through customs and check-in, make it probably the most user friendly airport in the world - enough of the free endorsement.
Now the intention was to collect the hire car (not booked with Thifty) on arrival, however due to the fact that we woke early to catch the two fights to LA, the crossing of time zones and the journey itself, we were absolutely shattered and had to catch a few zzzzz´s before seeing anything.
We finally left the hotel a few hours later and found our way to our next car rental centre
The upgrade turned out to be a stunning Chevrolet Corvette, not the first choice but still it looked amazing and I couldn't wait to drive it. Our first destination was Santa Monica Beach as we heard there were a few things to do after hours. After cautiously navigating our way there we managed to find a car park and a parking space that accommodated the beast. The next dilemma and quite a problematic one at that, was managing to lock the car
The Santa Monica pier at night was mildly disappointing, in fairness it was really no different from that you would find on any English seaside resort, apart from the strange array of characters and people.
There really wasn't much left of the evening once we had done a quick up and down of the pier and had a bite to eat, except that is for Naomi to take control of the Chevrolet on the main strip which she enjoyed enormously, though I must admit it was the first time since knowing her that I saw a slight bit of trepidation in her eyes as she applied pressure on the acceleration pedal
We awoke the next day not wanting to exchange the car due to the time restraints and the fact that this car had SAT NAV - a much needed accessory for seeing things quickly. The whole day was spent taking in the sights, first stop the shabby chic area of Hollywood Boulevard, where all the star encrusted boardwalks are found and it was there that we also caught a glimpse of the Hollywood sign. We then headed to Beverly Hills, taking in Rodeo Drive, Sunset Boulevard before heading up into the mountains surrounding LA. The real estate found in this area was pretty awe-inspiring and probably a selection of the most beautiful properties we had ever seen gathered in one place.
Finally we headed back to Santa Monica Beach where a stroll along the beach was followed by an enjoyable meal along side it.
Though I was a little bit miffed at not taking hiring the Mustang, I think I can speak on behalf of Naomi and myself in saying that it was truly one of the most enjoyable and memorable days of our lives so far.