A Travellerspoint blog

January 2016

Los Angeles

November 24th to December 4th

Apologies for the late update. Although we have been home in Australia for a few weeks we’ve been busy catching up with family and friends, celebrating Christmas and New Years and re-acquainting ourselves with our house.

Anyways, for the last week of our epic adventure we were located in Los Angeles. We had decided a few months back to return to LA for the last part of our trip for a few reasons. Firstly, we started the journey almost 12 months ago in LA and there were still a few things we wanted to see and do. Also, our good friends Doug, Anne and boys from Colorado would be in LA at Anne’s sisters house for Thanksgiving which we were graciously invited to. We also wanted to take Alyssa to Disneyland as a reward for all the hard work she put in doing Year 5 on the road in a foreign country with her parents as tutors (not suggested). Finally, we wanted to be in a location where we would have just 1 flight back to Australia and not risk coming from the other side of the country and potentially having delays due to weather or mechanical issues (something we endured on a previous trip from the USA).

Disneyland, how do you describe the place? It is the happiest place on earth and probably the most magical. Starting with Main Street USA, a pedestrian walkway with old fashioned parlors and shops on either side with the Sleeping Beauty Castle at its far end. Rides and attractions radiate from the Castle and thankfully we were lucky to visit on a Tuesday in December, one of the quieter days and months where daily attendances average a mere 10,000 people. It still felt quite busy and we cannot imagine how the chaotic it would be in the middle of the year, the US Summer when daily attendance can reach 40,000. Thankfully the longest ride wait time was only about 15 minutes. It would be ridiculous in Summer. Following our fair share of rides including the Jungle Cruise and It’s a Small World we found a great location to view the Christmas Fantasy Parade at 4.30 and then the Paint the Night parade at 8.45. The climax though is the Disneyland Forever Fireworks Spectacular at 9.30 described as an immersive experience where Disneyland Park becomes the backdrop for spectacular sights and sounds. It truly is an amazing experience and worth the price of admission alone.

Disneyland

Disneyland


Sleeping Beauty Castle

Sleeping Beauty Castle


Tea Cup ride

Tea Cup ride


Its a Small World

Its a Small World


Fireworks 1

Fireworks 1


Fireworks 2

Fireworks 2

Thanksgiving. Something that is foreign to Australia but clearly loved by the Americans. Thanksgiving is a tradition that dates to 1621 when the Pilgrims held a harvest feast following a successful growing season. The tradition continues as a National holiday and a way of giving thanks for family, friends and life in general with some of the best and most plentiful food ever put together. Our host Sue had 16 people over and we enjoyed a 12kg Turkey, stuffing, potatoes and all sorts of vegetable side dishes before helpings of Pecan as well as Pumpkin pie.

Thanksgiving dinner

Thanksgiving dinner

Venice Beach – a trip to LA is not complete without a visit to Venice (often known as Muscle) beach. Part freak show and wacky carnival, Venice beach can only be described as an experience. It is here where body builders from all over the world workout on the promenade whilst thousands of tourists stroll, ride or rollerblade past. Alyssa even rented some blades for an hour or so to allow her to feel part of the 'in' crowd whilst rolling on the boardwalk. I'm sure its something she will remember for a long time.

Venice Beach

Venice Beach

Hollywood sign – we had visited the Walk of Fame at the beginning of our trip and Alyssa was keen to re-visit and enjoy the atmosphere and see some more stars on the sidewalk. It was from here that we initially saw the Hollywood sign but as we had a rental vehicle this time, we ventured into the surrounding area to hike closer to the sign. Well worth the trip to see the sign at such a close distance as well as some of the stars houses in Beverly Hills.

Hollywood Sign

Hollywood Sign


Beverly Hills

Beverly Hills


Walk of Fame

Walk of Fame

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