Los Angeles january 2017

No sooner had the New Year arrived and we were off for our first experience of the West Coast of America, travelling to Los Angeles on 4th January from Manchester, via a stop at Heathrow.

A wet Manchester on departure on British Airways heading to Heathrow

And the Airbus A380 awaited us to take us to LAX

Is Heathrow ever not busy?

Onwards chasing the sun (and a bit of the moon) for a landing at LAX in the early evening LA time

Spanning The Atlantic & The USA

So 11 flying hours later and we're there - we're in LA (baby!), on the West Coast of America with the Pacific on our virtual doorstep. How exciting (and another state we can tick off as having visited/touched down in) - what a shame that the weather decided not to be as welcoming on our first day. Maybe that was helpful in allowing us to ease in gently.

Then our first excursion - off to Santa Monica beach and pier. An iconic Californian location. Time to master the traffic system of Los Angeles and surrounding area

Santa Monica Here We Come

The weather for this day was lovely with beautiful sunshine and warm - although as Brits we anticipated the worst and donned rain jackets and warmish clothing.

What A Beach....

....and we were on it

And this marks the end of the famous Route 66

We were definitely there

Time for a walk on the pier

The sun was gorgeous

Very picturesque

And the local wildlife love the sea too

A fabulous morning in Santa Monica

Given the weather was beautiful and we'd made a nice early start to the day we figured that it was a good day to pay a visit to the Griffith Observatory. High on the hill and with views over the city, including the famous Hollywood sign.

The Griffith Observatory - What a blue backdrop for a beautiful setting

A chance to capture some photos of our home city for the week

The Observatory was also someone else's home

We made this second day very productive as we also dropped into the California Science Museum on the way back. I had one intention for going here - to see a retired Space Shuttle up close. It didn't disappoint.

Impressive

These are some show off ceiling hangings

I did of course touch these - not sure if they were made in Michelin Stoke though

Stunning and battle scarred

Wow

Everything is big

Day Three and it was to visit Hollywood Boulevard, the Chinese Theatre and Madame Tussauds

Los Angeles City Hall is dead ahead

How many do you know?

Prints For Eternity

Here's The Boulevard

Hollywood Boulevard

Onto the celebrities in Tussauds - see how many you can recognise

Spot Any Favourites?

Day Four and the weather was good so we headed off to travel a little further on the Pacific Coast Highway. After passing through Malibu we reached a beach I'd picked out as a nice place to visit during my research before our trip. What a jewel of a place it was. Zuma beach was wonderful.

By contrast our next destination was Rodeo Drive

Where the money is

And what do you know....the Golden Globes were in town

Cars and crowds

Onto the ice hockey at The Staples Center and a drive into the centre of LA at nighttime - rush hour and a hockey game on made it a challenge.

What a place

Penultimate day a trip around the Aquarium Of The Pacific

A variety of creatures

Then onto the whale watch - it was freezing cold out at sea after a very heavy downpour which seemed to curtail the amount we saw. If only the weather had been like the previous day.

Long Beach - it looks warmer than it was!

And so it came to time to head home after our week in Los Angeles and back to the airport....

LAX is busy!
Sunshine for departure

We've been, we've seen, we've done it....we can tick it off.

Credits:

Rob Marson

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