Los Angeles, one of the most filmed cities in the world. You know what it looks like and you have seen it so often and the big and small screen, but nothing prepares you for this vast, eclectic city. I arrived in LAX and was immediately greeted by an Immigration officer called Grishom. When he asked to take my fingerprints, I was waiting for the low blue lights and The Who soundtrack. Fingerprints taken for a vacation? That is a bit over the top. Not the welcome I was expecting.
My first couple of days in LA and we head to the beaches and check out the sites for many a TV show and film. I nearly put on my red bathers and ran down the beach in slow motion, but it was just too cold. The iconic California beach life savers huts are impressive, and the long straight beaches are beautiful. We also did a drive down Santa Monica Boulevard to Rodeo Drive and spotted the history of cinema flash by in a BMW convertible. That is the way to do it.
e spent an afternoon driving through Palos Verdes, a group of coastal cities in the Palos Verdes Hills on the Palos Verdes Peninsula within southwestern LA. According to wikipedia 'the peninsula is an affluent community known for its dramatic ocean and city views from the Hills, extensive horse trails and high home prices.' It has nature trails, park lands and the Wayfarers Chapel designed by Lloyd Wright in 1951. It a transparent glass chapel in a redwood forest overlooking the ocean at the western entrance of Portuguese bend. And that is just a couple of the highlights. It is also the setting for MTV's latest stab into original programming - Awkward. One side of the Hills is the working class port of Los Angeles and the other side are the beaches and middle income, Trader Joe's shoppers. This is one beautiful city.