Wednesday, April 26, 2023

Los Angeles for 36 Hours

A couple of months ago Southwest Airlines had a $29 sale and I spent a couple hours determined to buy a ticket. I did not care where I went or what I did. I love flying. I love airports. And $29 is a great deal. 

That sale brought me to LAX for 36 hours. 

I packed no clothes just my Dopp kit. I did a bunch of touristy things, at a slow-pace, using public transit. The transit system in LA is amazing!

From LAX I took the bus to Venice Beach. At the bus stop I met Alex who gave me his number and told me to call him later “for a good time and some weed”. I did not call Alex. 

After walking the beach I jumped on another bus and made my way to Santa Monica pier. 

I decided to do a Hop-on-Hop off tour after talking to a friend that does them in every big city. I used it to make my way to Hollywood. It was ok. The narration was about famous people and since I know nothing about that topic it was a bit boring. It could have been because of the city I was in but I will probably stick to historical walking tours. 

I stayed in a Hostel in Hollywood ($32/night) across from the Chinese Theatre and it was a great location. I walked around for a bit soaking up the sights and doing some great people watching. 

My first visit to Hollywood was thirty years earlier when I visited a friend. It was fun to recreate the pose in front of Jane Russell and Marilyn Monroe’s prints that read “Gentlemen prefer blondes”. My hair color may have changed but not my friskiness”. 

After a nap I hopped on the metro and DASH bus and visited the Griffith Observatory. I had never been but the views at sunset were spectacular! 

I grabbed some dinner and visited with a young woman from Brazil. I love meeting young adventurers. 

The next morning I grabbed breakfast and walked around the city for a bit more exploring. 

It was a nice 36 hours. Relaxing. Fun. Cheap. Everything I love in my travels. 

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I hope you find a great travel deal that makes you happy! 

Rae Ann

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