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This is it! I've given up work -retired from the rat race and am about to start on a 10 year adventure, doing all those things I've been meaning to do but never had the time to do them. I've offloaded my responsibilities and it is now my time. So follow my adventures and see whether I actually manage anything!

Sunday, 16 April 2017

Final day in Los Angeles.

Today was my last day in Los Angeles. In fact I only had a couple of hours in the morning before I had to leave for the airport so I decided to walk down Hollywood Boulevard. Passed this very decorative Chase bank.

                     A walk along the Hall of Fame

Hollywood First National Bank.  Empty since the recession in 2008, I wonder what will happen to it now or is it just going to be left unoccupied.

The entrance to El Capitan movie theatre. This theatre opened in May 1926 as 'Hollywood's first home of spoken drama'. It has now been fully restored to its original elegamce.

You can always find a superhero around here.

It was very busy outside the Chinese theatre as they were getting ready for the premiere of Chips.

Rolling out the blue carpet. I wonder why it was blue?

I decided to walk back to the hotel along Sunset Boulevard and came across Crossroads of the World.

The central building resembles an ocean liner and is surrounded by a small village of cottage style bungalows. It was designed by Robert Derrah and built in 1936. Once a shopping centre it is now home to a variety of music publishers, television and film script writers, film and recording companies and many others associated with the entertainment business.

As I was taking a few photos a guy called Chris  came over for a chat. He was a musician, originally from England but needed to be in Hollywood for work. He was interested in my opinion of Los Angeles so I didn't hold back. Looking back on last year's trip to New York, Washington, Boston and other parts of Eastern USA and this year's trip, I would have to say that Los Angeles is my least favourite city. Its different districts don't seem to gel as communities or have  the warmth and friendliness I have experience elsewhere in the US. Nor does the city seem to have pride in its heritage allowing a number of its buildings to become derelict.  As a visitor it is very difficult to get around without a car, not impossible just difficult. Of course, I have only been here a few days and just have a snap shot of the city. Chris lives in the complex and  he did say it took a long time to settle in LA but he is enjoying life a lot more now he lives here where there is more of a community. It was lovely to chat to him but I did have a plane to catch so it was back to the hotel and a taxi to the airport and home. Farewell LA and what has been a great trip to Western USA.


  1. Thanks for the thumbs up on LA - it has now moved down my list of US destinations. Travel safely. Elizabeth.

  2. I think somebody famously said about LA that "there is no there there". And I would have to agree with them and with you.

  3. Ah...so I wondered how you truly liked LA. The state has its beautiful aspects, but LA always seemed like an armpit to me. One of the few places I would never have contemplated moving for employment.

    If you are aware of the 'red' and 'blue' divide in the country (conservative - liberal) ... few of us in the South would mind if all of CA, WA and Oregon split off to a new country. Good riddance. If they could just take NY City with them. Oh...maybe Chicago too. Uh...Detroit. I'd even cede DC to France, or whoever. I think our capitol should be in our heartland. Kansas City would make a great capitol.

    Wow...I'm ranting.

  4. We had exactly the same opinion as you about Los Angeles we were in the "city center" on a Sunday and there was nobody ! There are so many different areas. The second time we only visited Hollywood again.

  5. What a great tour...thank you.I live in both the south and the west and love all parts of our country...but I would have to agree that not all areas have aged well. You are to be commended for trying to get around L.A. on public transportation. Janey

  6. I've just read through all your trip posts. What a wonderful time you had. Your pictures are amazing as always and you obviously do your research before setting out. Thanks for sharing it all.

  7. I'm just seeing this now! You almost made it to Pasadena:). Enjoyed looking at you're whole trip. Fabulous. Really thorough and memorable. I'll look at it all before my next trip home to pick out some places I haven't seen for years. Glad you're home safe and thanks for sharing your adventures.


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