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Trip Start Jun 05, 2011
16Trip End Jul 22, 2011
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Venice Beach, Santa Monica, Rodeo Drive, WNBA Game, Sunset Strip
Thanks for coming on back. This installment promises to have a whole bunch of treats for kids of all ages.
Day 5 - 10 June 2011:
As this was our last full day in LA we decided to cram as much in as we possibly could. Since we had the car (and thankfully the old faithful GPS) we decided to drive ourselves around. Our first stop was Venice Beach.
We parked our car at one end of Venice Beach and walked on in. We didn't get far before we were offered cheap medical exams by the "Kush" doctor. Apparently medical marijuana can be used to treat illnesses ranging from migraines to AIDS. I must've looked really sick cos they kept hassling me...
We grabbed some bikes and cycled up the beach. It was a great way to cruise past the market stalls, skate parks, basketball courts (White Men Can't Jump) and more. As we cycled further the atmosphere seemed to become more "family orientated" and we realised we had peddled all the way to Santa Monica.
Santa Monica had a much nicer feel than Venice Beach. It also had a Bubba Gump restaurant where we had lunch and a couple of cocktails. Fun fact - Santa Monica pier is the western end of the line for the famous Route 66. The other end is all the way in Chicago.
On our way to Rodeo drive I finally spotted a celebrity. Samuel L Jackson driving in his hot sports car. Shelly was pretty angry because she was looking the other way...
We'd already seen Rodeo drive on our tour but we actually walked it this time. Basically it's a bunch of shops (Tiffany, Prada, Dolce and Gabbana blah blah blah)... Not my cup of tea but Shelly was happy because we had a drink in the Pretty Woman hotel and also went into the shop she got kicked out of. I kept an eye out for Richard Gere (because I am now an expert celeb spotter) so I could punch him in his stupid face. Alas, he didn't show up.
After Rodeo drive we had to race home and get ready to head to the staples centre for the WNBA. We went to watch the LA Sparks vs Phoenix Mercury. It was a top quality game with the LA Sparks getting up in the end. The atmosphere was great even though the place was only a little over half full.
We headed to the Sunset Strip after the game with the intention to partay down. The first place we went to was called the Saddleranch and had a western theme as you might guess by the name.
We got a recommendation from one of the locals to head to the House of Blues, built by Jim Belushi and Dan Akroyd. When I told him I liked blues he said "I ain't ever heard them play no blues in there muthaf**cka. The only reason I go there is to smoke weed." I assume this was to cure his glaucoma or something...
The House of Blues was by far our favourite club. It had at least three rooms (that we saw) although probably more. The first room had a nice chilled out atmosphere, the second had a more rocking tempo and the third blew our socks off. The third room was a big ampitheatre filled with a few hundred Mexican folks moshing to an awesome Mexican ska band called Panteon Rococo. The trip to the merchandise stand was a bit scary but I now own a t-shirt :)
After we got kicked out of the House of Blues we stumbled through a few more trendy bars and nightclubs and met some locals and some not so locals (including a girl from England who Shell hit it off with). We partied on until they shut everything down around two (no more grog until 6...)
Far out, that is a long blog for just one day. Sorry to bore you. Tune in next time for my interpretation of War and Peace.
Alright, the blog is closed people. You don't have to go home but you can't stay here.
Rossshh n Shhhelllllllsssh.