The beach....

Trip Start Dec 27, 2012
Trip End Jan 06, 2013

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Sunday, December 30, 2012

After the rain of Saturday it was good to wake to a clear blue sky again this morning. We had a relatively slow start, but shortly after ten Liz and I went for a wander around the streets of Los Feliz, and stopped for breakfast at one of our favourite cafes, The Alcove. As usual, the portion sizes are huge, so we opted for a very simple breakfast of coffee and toast, sat outside, and soaked up some warming sun. All around us tables were groaning under the weight of enormous platters of eggs, pancakes, hams, fruit salads, and so on....we assumed our fellow customers would NOT be partaking of lunch!

We completed our morning walk via a lovely bookshop which we'd frequented many times in the past, and I couldn't resist a small purchase (a selection of Nick Hornby articles from an American literary magazine in which NH has had a column for several years).

The plan for the afternoon was to meet the others at Manhattan Beach at 1pm. This necessitated a drive to the airport, and then south from there to the coast. Just a few minutes after leaving the freeway we turned over the brow of a hill to see the little Manhattan Beach pier extending into a sparkling sea, and the pavements over-flowing with cool and trendy types in dark glasses and designer gear....a perfect match!

We soon spotted Julliette and Morteza with the girls (including Lara), and found a spot on the beach for a small picnic lunch. After clearing away the towels, plates and the remainder of the food we set off for a walk down the coast to Hermosa Beach, about a couple of miles away. The promenade ran alongside a wide, sandy beach, with sporty types playing beach volleyball, whilst the rest of the world walked by. At Hermosa we found a lovely cafe, which provided an ideal staging point before returning along the sea-front to Manhattan Beach. The sun was by now slowly slipping towards the horizon, and just before 5pm it disappeared from view. We drove back to Pasadena as the dusk-sky gently darkened, providing rather lovely views of Los Angeles' night lights.

As I write Juliette is taking Olivia and Lydia to a party somewhere "up the valley", and we are relaxing in our little flat before heading back to Pasadena for dinner. 
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