Trip Start Mar 21, 2007
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The pad was excellent, it was featured in a glossy design book about radical houses for their time. Al Hately, you would've loved it! The guy who designed it was into his knobs in a big way (ooer ooer)!! There were controls for everything, from our bed you could turn on lights in the bedroom, outside in the garden and the living room, turn on music, tv and open the huge venetian blinds at the window - mental
To add to the prestige it was near to The Raquet Club, a tennis club set up in the 50's by Ralph Bellamy (one of the old guiesers in Trading Places) and his mate. It used to be frequented by old school movie stars, Marilyn Monroe was 'discovered' there etc. The actual club is now in disrepair which is quite sad and the grounds around it have been sold for development.
The backdrop to the villa was the San Jacinto mountains, there's an aerial tramway up to the top of the mountains with a nature reserve at the top. During the winter you can go from 80's in Palm Springs to snow at the top.
We spent the week relaxing, reading, blogging, swimming and went out a couple of nights for dinner, and up the aerial tramway. The aerial tramway was good fun, Welly and I did a 2 mile trail at the top, views excellent. Then the 3 of us watched the sunset down the valley, saw a family of racoons pootling around then had dinner. Managed to puncture a tyre on the car on the way home and got the run around the next day trying to get it fixed which wiped out the whole day
Palm Springs is full of old rich people with second homes in LA, there's a huge golfing scene and lots of shops and restaurants. The streets are all called after old movie stars like Frank Sinatra Drive etc - how quaint!
It was well hot, over a hundred every day, too hot for sunbathing really, but I tried!