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Observatory

Today we experienced LA public transport system and were surprised. The picture that had been painted had been of chaos and trains not going anywhere near where you want to be. The tube was quiet, I guess because no tourists use it, and we felt perfectly safe using it. The reason for the tube trip was t pick up our rental car.

Not driving on the right regularly and being in the biggest city I've ever been in, I wasn't looking forward to driving. But again no problems, traffic was busy but in LA everything is so well signposted we found our first destination, Griffiths Park, without any major drama's

Griffiths Park is a great, similar to Central Park in New York you don't realise your in the middle of a city once your inside.

Hazy Hollywood sign
There are plenty of walks available and it's a nice change to busy LA. We drove up to the Observatory as well and the views didn't disappoint, even though it was slightly hazy you could see how vast LA is below and it's a great place to see the Hollywood sign.

Our next stop was Venice Beach, despite the weather being hot it was windy on the coast. We walked past muscle beach, which was disappointing, I was expecting the equipment to be on the beach with massive blokes pumping iron. Not the case it's just an outside gym with fat blokes thinking they are fit! The beach however was great and a good spot for a picnic, we then went for a stroll down the boardwalk. It is lined with artist and little stalls selling allsorts as well as plenty of homeless begging. One thing you can't help but notice is the smell of dope as times it's like being in a coffee shop in Amsterdam!

From here we went up to Santa Monica we tried a bit of sun bathing on the beach but the wind was to much and a walk along the pier seemed a better idea. We then wandered to 3rd street which is a pedestrianized and has a good supply of shops and cafes.

All the fresh air had made us tired so dinner was a short drive to Pinks Hotdogs on the way home, again we had been told this was a must do while in LA. The queues were not that bad and the hotdogs were massive!

Eric says:
Looks like you had a good time in LA. Be sure to check out the newly re-opened Exploratorium if you have time in SF (it's in Golden Gate Park).
Posted on: Jun 15, 2009
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Observatory
Observatory
Hazy Hollywood sign
Hazy Hollywood sign
Teloscope moving
Teloscope moving
Venice Boardwalk
Venice Boardwalk
Dragon sand castle
Dragon sand castle
Santa Monica Beach
Santa Monica Beach
Fishermen on the pier
Fishermen on the pier
More Bubba Gump
More Bubba Gump
3rd Street
3rd Street
Dinosaur waterfall
Dinosaur waterfall
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