Visiting Hank Moody in Los Angeles!
The next stop after San Francisco was of course the city of lost angels - Los Angeles!
Los Angeles is waiting for us.
I always like to explore different airports in different cities and countries. In America every single one is amazing. Check out these red chairs for instance. Also as you can see free tables with power sockets and wifi are available to plug in your notebooks and do your work while waiting for the plane.
I wonder if this is one of our planes.
Ready to fly.
Leaving San Francisco.
Here is one last glimpse on a "Golden Gate" park. It goes right till the Pacific ocean. There's a "Golden Gate" bridge as well.
As always no problems with wifi on a plane.
Beautiful Californian coastline.
And here we are landing in LA. "Holly crap" - I thought.
This looks nothing like in San Francisco! Where the hell is all the nature?
And the worst thing is that I have to drive a car down there.
I guess this is the center - downtown of LA. You can see the Hollywood sign on the hills to the right.
It really is huge.
And where is the airport? Looks like we are landing on the streets.
Or maybe we are..
The same thing in LA airport. Very thoughtful.
It's time to find our rental agency.
I've had enough with all these small terrible economy cars. This time I decided to take a real American muscle car - 3.5l Dodge Charger. It costed about 240$ for a week which really isn't that much for 250BHP and an engine sound that can start earthquakes.
Getting used to it.
By the time we were out of the airport it was already getting dark and given that till our hotel was about 20km we decided to hit the beach first.
Unlike in San Francisco which is only 450 km away from Los Angeles it was much much warmer.
And completely different. Very peaceful district I would say.
So we decided to leave it and try to see popular Venice beach, before it got dark.
Luckily it was only about 10 km away.
In March 2009, the city opened a sophisticated $2,000,000 skate park. Very popular place for skaters from all over the world. I've no idea why the hell is it so expensive though.
But a skate park, on a beach, between palms and sand, this is real California. Now all we had to do is find Hank. :)
Beautiful sunset in LA.
Sunset on the Venice beach in Los Angeles, USA.
This scene calls for the next soundtrack. It really is a Californian dream.
I think summer lasts all year long here. Even at night the temperature was about 25C degrees.
The next morning we got in our car and headed for the first place I think everybody would go - the Hollywood sign. But first let me explain. Los Angeles is the only city where the number of cars equals to the number of citizens. So even though it has huge highways the traffic is just terrible. You surely can't live without a car in LA (unlike in New York or San Francisco) but if you do get behind the wheel you better be an experienced driver.
And don't forget that red light right turns are also allowed in America. Except for some states like New York.
An add of historical road 66 which I will show you in my next posts.
And here it is. One of the most popular signs in the world.
Hollywood sign, Los Angeles, USA.
Well, I suppose everyone would want to take a picture with it. :)
Locals seems to got used to it. I wonder how much it costs them to live here. Maybe this is a millionaire sitting over there chilling.
Why not to take some videos as well?
Really strange feeling seeing something you got used to see only on television.
Next we decided to climb a hill a little bit to see the sign closer.
It's no use to climb all the way to the sign, since there is nothing interesting. Besides it was so hot, that it felt like you are in a desert.
Closest picture to the Hollywood sign.
Beautiful view on the city.
It is possible to get a horse if you are too lazy to go up the hill on your own.
Try to find our way without navigator - it's just impossible.
Those palms look great or whatever those trees are.
Is it me or you also see a BLIMP!?! Do they still fly? "What the hell" - I thought, while taking a shot. :)
Also interesting idea of putting adds on a bench. City looks more colourful.
Typical American truck.
Since Los Angeles is huge we decided to take a ride. LA from the car isn't the best I admit but at least we got the idea of the city.
Hollywood Guinness Museum.
Disney's studio. You need at least a day to spend in every one of those places - Disneyland, Universal studio etc. So plan definitely more than a day if you are planning on visiting them and see the city as well.
Beautiful streets of Los Angeles. Just as you would imagine them them to be. The sun, the palms, great road, american car. I'm in a dream.
Downtown of LA.
Interesting street sign.
Next stop was "Los Angeles County Museum of Art".
Some kind of "spaghetti" hanging down.
Urban lights, Los Angeles, USA.
Once again. Coca - cola - best drink in America.
Not really sure what this idea represents.
Airport is somewhere near by I suppose.
And now we're back on the Venice beach. Time to see it at day time and of course go for a swim.
Venice beach, Los Angeles, USA.
This is the very place where Hank Moody took a walk at the end of Season 2 in Californication.
I have no idea why it is called this way but I sure love it here.
I think you can see absolutely anything in this place.
Skateboards. Or maybe surf..
People are using literally all kind of transport and sport equipment here. From rollerblades till the stuff I've even no idea how to call it.
Beautiful Malibu style beach. Exactly as it used to appear in Baywatch.
It's hard to see how huge the waves were.
You can feel the spirit of Californian dream.
Everybody are happy, smiling, no rush, no worries - life is wonderful here. You forget about everything.
Even homeless guys look much cooler. :)
Street basketball. Serious game here.
Just look at it. Doesn't seem to me that Americans have a crisis.
Beautiful Californian sunset.
Let me stay here a little longer.
Time to head back to our hotel. We decided to take a root along the beach.
Looking for the black Porsche with one headlight.. If you know what I mean :)
Can it really get any better?
Familiar place. At night street lights look even better.
Next morning we had a little time so we headed back to the beach. Like there's anywhere else we could go in such weather..
Once again, people are enjoying their life to the fullest.
Can't imagine how expensive it is to live here.
Beautiful Malibu beach.
And here are the safeguards - Malibu style.
Lifeguard watch towers.
One of the best parking lots.
Great waves for surfing.
It's time to go back to the Airport and continue our road trip to Las Vegas.
Interesting sign in the bus. All Americans really do trust in Jesus and in God, which is basically the same thing.
Welcome to Los Angeles international airport. Airports originally used a 2-letter abbreviation. When they expanded to 3 letters, an X was added, but it has no special meaning. It's time to go to Vegas. :)comments powered by Disqus