So it was farewell to Japan and hello LA. Sun, palm trees, and not a few people talking to themselves on the streets. As this was our second stay in LA, rather than taking in any of the usual tourist sites we checked out our local neighbourhood (Los Feliz), Downtown LA, and made an attempt to go to the beach. M was keen to hire a car – he has driven in the US a number of times, but not much in LA city. Wow, those freeways and all those cars. We drove to the coast but first got stuck in a jam and then couldn’t find a park – for about 2 hours. I had dreams of a nice seafood restaurant and walking on the beach but we had salad and a piece of fish from plastic tubs from Vons ( ie the supermarket) instead. Admittedly the view from Von’s carpark was of the ocean, if you ignored the major road in between. When we finally found a carpark, the beach didn’t have much spare sand for those already there. So we decided to drive home.
We did get to check out some excellent craft beer locations and some restaurants where the service was so good I wanted to adopt the wait staff.