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Trip Start Nov 29, 2011
Trip End Mar 01, 2012

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Saturday, January 28, 2012


We had breakfast in the hotel this morning and I decided to try and be a little healthy and have fruit and Steve had Eggs Benedict. Oh what a mistake I made.......his looked absolutely delicious and I was really envious.  Hence we will have to go back for me to try them too!!

At breakfast we got speaking to another British couple on a world tour.  They had both just retired from the NHS and had gone into the Flight Centre back at home to look at booking a get away trip and came out having spent 15k on flights!!! They had started in New York and been to San Francisco and are now going on to New Zealand – so basically the opposite way to us.  Nattered to them for a good while and then they headed off for Santa Monica and we took the hotel shuttle bus to Universal City Walk, right next to the theme park.  We bimbled around here for a couple of hours and then picked up the car from the hotel and headed off to Griffith Observatory.

Steve had researched this last night (but I had seen it ages ago ) that it was the best place to see the famous "Hollywood" sign from and that every month they have a day where local astronomers bring their telescopes to the observatory for the public to look through and ask them questions – and it was today.  It was a fairly steepish climb up there in the car, but we have another 4x4, so it didn't even break into a sweat.  Boy was it worth it when we got to the top.  The views were absolutely fantastic.  LA is the largest city I think I have ever seen in my entire life – it is HUGE! You could see all the way out to the coast and it has been another day of perfect blue skies and not a cloud to be seen.  Amazing to think that it is their winter! The only giveaway is that some trees have lost most of their leaves – other than that you wouldn’t know. 

We sat eating our lunch overlooking the Hollywood sign, with the city of Los Angeles stretching out for miles all the way to the coast below. Now that’s not something you do everyday!

There was plenty to do and see at the observatory, lots of really good displays and interactive exhibitions, we ended up spending around 5 hours there.  Steve was in his element.  We went into a couple of shows in the planetarium, which were excellent value at $7 each – unlike the last time we went to the planetarium in London, which cost us an arm and a leg each.  The first show was all about the Northern lights – it was news to me that there are in fact Southern lights too! The second show was called “The Centre of the Universe” and was all about our “place” in the universe itself.  Both were brilliant. 

We came out after the first show and the sun was beginning to set.  The view was beautiful and I had one of those moments........ infact I think we both did!  When we came out after the second show it was pitch black and again the view was stunning.  It was quite unnerving as we came out onto the terrace as there was a huge helicopter flying very close by with its search light on – not sure what had happened but there was an awful lot of police activity down below. We were more of less level with the helicopter.

We then had a look through a few of the telescopes and saw a cluster of stars (like a small cloud) around Orions Belt and then we looked at Jupiter through a larger telescope and saw 3 moons orbiting around it – quite fascinating really.  By this time it was 8pm and I was getting a bit chilly in my shorts!  Unfortunately we couldn’t go down the way we came up and had to go on a “wacky races” road, which was steep, pitch black and full of twists and turns – bloody awful.  It is such a good job Steve is happy to drive here, because I am certainly not.  It is just sooooooo busy on the roads – kinda freaks little old me out.  I am used to the bimbling streets of North Wales!   I said to Steve in the car that there is no way that I would ever consider living around here because of all the traffic – do you know what he said – they might say the same thing about Rhuallt hill on a Sunday night in the season – well I nearly wet my pants!!!!!! AS IF!

We got back to the hotel with the help of our beloved Sat Nav – couldn’t be without one here.  Good meal again the hotel and I was hoping to go for a swim and Jacuzzi tonight, however it was already 10.30pm, so I guess I will have to try again tomorrow. 

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hazel on

choice - sunday paper or the blog - blog won - have caught up with all your travels ....... it sounds so amazing .... am off in dreamland now thinking its me .... oooo and its absolutely freezing here!!! Absolutely brill photos - you will have to building an extension for your "travel gallery".....

steve-claire on

Sunday papers are full of gossip, this is real life!!! We'll keep it up for you Hazel

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