Palm Springs

Trip Start Mar 21, 2007
Trip End Ongoing

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Friday, August 10, 2007

Drove down to Palm Springs the scenic way through Mojave National Preserve covering some of the ground that we'd done before and some we hadn't, again mega scenery. Found the villa more by chance than knowing where to go. Once we'd worked out how to get into the place, relaxed for a bit then headed out to get groceries (since we managed to keep the Flor de Cana and Havana Club bottles that we'd bought in Tijuana we only needed a half a case of wine for the week! Well Marie likes her bevvy too! Ha ha!).

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. Then there was the shower, I thought I was in a submarine. It took us all week to figure out how to heat up the outdoor jacuzzi.

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. Also went to the Farmers Market on the Thursday evening but due to it being low season there weren't many stalls. Picked up a nice dress though from one of the shops on the main street. It was good to be home-cooking again.

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!
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