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Published: August 11th 2016
Shopping for some jeans, which are a bargain compared to the UK.
The end of the holiday has arrived and it is time to fly home today. The flight was in the afternoon again, which is late enough not to be in a hurry but too early to do anything particular with the day. Hence it is the first day that we have been able to get out of bed late and take it reasonably slowly.
We have had another email back from the San Francisco Transit people in response to our complaint, so hopefully that means that we can sort-out mugged-off #2 following that very short but expensive ride on the cable car.
We put the TV on for the local LA breakfast show. It was the usual nondescript, low key nonsense, but there was a report live from Hermosa Beach on the national lifeguard championships. That explains why we have seen loads of people in the hotel and on the beach with numbers written on their arms.
For the first day since we arrived here, it was actually nice weather outside at the start of the day. Every previous day it had been starting overcast and cloudy and then cleared later on. Mind you, it may be just
The interesting old control tower at LAX airport.
because we were relatively late dragging ourselves out.
On our way to the airport we thought we would go to a shopping centre that we had passed serval times - The South Bay Galleria. There was of course another Macy's, probably about the tenth that we have visited on this holiday. I got a couple of pairs of 501 jeans, which always seem to be cheaper here than in the UK, despite the current horrendous exchange rate (Boris Johnson you have personally cost me a fortune you sodding imbecile!) My wife and daughter wouldn't tell me what they had been buying, which isn't a good sign.
For once we only had a short drive as Redondo Beach is really close to the airport and it did not take long to find the rental car drop-off. It was a fantastic car, which we really enjoyed using, but we had been working ourselves up for a 'discussion' about the satnav. That went really well and they did not charge us for the satnav we did not need nor the full tank of petrol that we had picked the car up with, which went some way to off-set the extortionate petrol
Ready for the UK flight in the Tom Bradley International Terminal.
at Big Sur. Mugged-off #6, #7 and #8 can all be struck from the list. Furthermore there didn't seem to be any toll charges, which should safely remove #3.
We have apparently driven 1,070 miles since we picked-up the car in San Jose.
The transfer to the terminal was really efficient, with buses queued up waiting, as was the check-in and as was security. I don't know why the airlines bother providing the phone based boarding passes as they always seem to print traditional ones at the baggage drop to replace them.
The so called duty free shops in the airport are considerably more expensive than the shops back in LA and in the UK for that matter, so we avoided another mugged-off incident and didn't bother buying anything.
The flight was on an A380, which is another first for us. New and huge, but not as high tech as the 787 when we flew out to San Jose, at least as far as we could tell going by the boring old-style blinds that were no where near as much fun.
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