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31st August 2008

Los Angeles USA

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Disney centerOvernight bus rides always seem like a good way to save money on accommodation and to have an extra day for sightseeing until you arrive exhausted to a new city at an ungodly early hour. The first day was spent recovering from the bus ride and wandering historic downtown Los Angeles; seeing the old market, the Angel’s flight, the amazing Cathedral of Our Lady of Angels, the Staples Center and Disney Hall. In the evening Jim and Sandra Kohn came and treated us to dinner at a restaurant that was once an old firehouse.
The following day, Jim and Sandra brought us to their lovely home before taking us out to explore the city. We visited the Getty museum, an amazing and extensive museum that affords incredible views out across the valley. The Getty demands exploration  of at least several hours though days could be spent here. Next we headed to the Farmer’s market and The Grove, an open air mall that ties in with the Farmer’s market. The market is a great piece of Los Angeles history, with fruit and vegetable vendors, food sellers and many other treats. The Grove is more upscale with shopping arranged around open air walking streets with a small park and music performance space in the center. The Blues is allrightAfter our shopping excursion Jim and Sandra were kind enough to drop us off in Hollywood, where we walked along the Hollywood stars, checked out Grauman’s Chinese Theatre and finally grabbed a bite to eat at a French Crepery, before indulging in a little ice cream from the Stone Cold Creamery.

During our stay the Long Beach Blues Festival was on, this two day festival featured Anna Popovich, Eddie Floyd, Joe Lewis Walker, Booker T, Charlie Musselwhite, and Taj Mahal for its second day line up. There was also a smaller stage featuring some great local talent. Before arriving at the show we happened upon the E Hula Mau, a hula and chant competition, featuring Hula and traditional Hawaiian music before spending the rest of our day immersed in the Blues.

Friends of Amy’s from New Orleans, Isil and Grant, took us out for an afternoon trip down to Santa Monica. We walked through the shopping streets and along the walk way above the beach. This was our one star spotting, Turgay saw Ben Harper.
the FOOD!Another highlight of the trip to L.A. was the breakfast feasts they had at the Original Pantry Cafe. The original Pantry Café is opened 24 hours a day and has been opened since 1924, having not closed its doors once in all those years. The Pantry has managed to stay opened through earthquakes, power outages, riots and more and have no plans to close anytime soon, there aren’t even locks on the doors. A very popular diner there were lines waiting for tables every morning we went but the line for counter seating was short so we ate at the counter on both occasions. Everything we ate was wonderful and reasonably priced; we highly recommend it but watch out the portions, they are enormous.

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