Blogs from Marina del Rey, California, United States, North America


North America » United States » California » Marina del Rey September 26th 2019

Day 19: LA with Brad and Haruki Today we were treated to some local sights by a friend of my Brad and his fabulous four legged companion Haruki. I originally met Brad when he lived in Melbourne twenty years ago. I also stayed with him 18 years ago on my way to and from the Galápagos Islands! A lot has happened since then so there was lots of catching up to do! We met Brad and Haruki at a local coffee shop. It was possibly the coolest I’ve ever seen and it was great fun sitting out the front chatting to locals. Dean was very happy with the coffee and went back for a second cup before we headed off for breakfast. Our breakfast spot was an Australian Cafe that didn’t disappoint with the food or ... read more
Kym and Brad
Coffee bliss
coffee stop

North America » United States » California » Marina del Rey December 2nd 2016

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North America » United States » California » Marina del Rey October 28th 2016

Geo: 33.9772, -118.46Congestion at LAX saw us delayed on the tarmac in Sacramento for an hour. At LAX we alighted onto the tarmac and a shuttle bus took us to the terminal to retrieve our luggage. After being snarled in traffic on the airport ring road Erin picked us up and we had an extra good fish lunch (Malibu Fish Grill) near her work.In the afternoon we visited a couple of shops and picked up Erin after work. Walked a little over 2km to Venice for dinner (Casa Linda Mexican Grill) and ice creams (Salt and Straw), then walked back along the canals and bridges. Very pretty and great to have good Mexican food again. The ice creams were special too!Sat we strolled around downtown and went to see the Tom Hanks movie "Sully", which was ... read more
Olvera St
Street market

North America » United States » California » Marina del Rey February 10th 2016

Geo: 33.9767, -118.46On Sunday we had a quiet morning. In the afternoon Erin and Robyn went out to look at wedding dresses and Pete and I went with their neighbours Simon, James and Jen to a restaurant/bar that had an outdoor area set up with screens to watch the Super Bowl.39 year-old Peyton Manning led the Denver Broncos to a tepid win over the Carolina Panthers. Hard to comprehend that grid iron has only 15-minute quarters and that on average a player is on the field only half the time. That's about the same game time as water polo. At least baseballers play a marathon 160-game season.Monday Robyn and I visited our favourite shop 'Steinmart', plus several others. We returned our hire car in the afternoon and Robyn cooked a salmon dinner. Tuesday I drove Erin ... read more

North America » United States » California » Marina del Rey February 7th 2016

Geo: 33.9767, -118.46We had an uneventful road trip back to LA on Friday. Stopped at a couple of knitting and quilting shops and at a golf shop where we made several purchases. Then a quiet night at home with Erin and Peter, with some delivered pizzas, salads and pasta.Saturday we had a great brunch at The Ivy - a swish restaurant in West Hollywood that is frequented by celebrities and passing tourist buses. Very nice, see pics. Then we drove on to Malibu and visited the Getty Villa - Getty's 1950s home that he converted in the '70s to a museum for his antiquities art collection. Next we drove to the Malibu Canyon Park which has many walking trails and also includes a ranch that was owned by Fox pictures. Many westerns and M*A*S*H episodes were ... read more
Outdoor seating
Lovely food and presentation
Getty Villa

North America » United States » California » Marina del Rey January 31st 2016

Geo: 33.9768, -118.46Today we planned to drive along the coast and have a fancy lunch at Nobu in Malibu. The weather was windy and rainy and getting worse, so we deferred that plan and decided to visit the Getty Museum.We tried the M Street Cafe for brunch but there was a 1 hour wait! Instead we went to Herringbone in Santa Monica that also rapidly filled up. The meal was good (but pricey) and we all had different choices. My burger (when in Rome...) was really good, quite rare and the beef was very tasty.Then to the Getty Museum which is part of the Getty Centre complex. A 350ha site on a hilltop in the Santa Monica Mountains overlooking the Interstate 405 and south to Los Angeles. The Getty Trust (controversially) spared no expense and the ... read more
Getty deck
Los Angeles and the I405
Getty Plaza

North America » United States » California » Marina del Rey November 20th 2012

Sunday Rane got her bike fixed, so Imwas able to borrow it. Rode to Santa Monica along the bikeway on the beach. There is a fair on the pier at Santa Monica and at the end near the beach some sort of concert going on. Loads of music on the pier, young girl singing and a guy playing the steel drums. Stopped and had a walk in to Santa Monica, some nice views of the mountains from here. Cycled back then went for a meal with Rane. Today Rane took me to Sunset Strip and Hollywood Boulevard, it was much as I had expected. Stars all along the pavements some going back years and some more recent. Also visited the place where they stick their hand and feet in the concrete. Will smiths feet looked huge!! ... read more
fair Santa Monica Pier
End of Route 66
Santa Monica looking towards Malibu

North America » United States » California » Marina del Rey September 29th 2012

Geo: 33.9853, -118.452Nun ist es soweit und der "erste" Tag startet, denn wir übernehmen die "Mofas", doch erst ab 12.00 Uhr.Das Vormittagsprogramm ist individuell, d.h. die einen gehen ans Meer um zu laufen, die Neuankömmlinge wollen noch kurz bei Bartels Harley Davidson vorbei schauen, andere bleiben im Hotel und wieder andere fahren an den Santa Monica Pier, um das Ende der Route 66 besucht zu haben.Um 11.00 Uhr fahren wir zu EasyRider nach Hawthorne, um dort unsere Harley's in Empfang zu nehmen. Nach den Formalitäten übernehmen wir unsere Maschinen, überprüfen sie und machen uns bereit. Bei meiner Fat Boy ist eine Schlaufe der Satteltasche nicht mehr schliessbar, doch anstatt die Satteltaschen auszuwechseln, suchen sie eine anderes "Mofa". Bei der andersen bereiten Fat Boy sind die Pneu's abgefahren und so ents... read more
Santa Monica Piersanta
View from Santa Monica Pier
At EasyRider

North America » United States » California » Marina del Rey September 28th 2012

Geo: 33.9853, -118.452Early in the morning we woke up (03.45 am)...Simon my room mate and I couldn't sleep anymore, so we decided to get up and drive to the Santa Monica Pier for the sunrise......the day started but we haven't seen the sunrise. At 06.15 am we got breakfast at Starbucks, Venice Beach...we walked at the beach and enjoyed the waves from the sea. Back to our hotel our colleagues told us, that they had the same problem. Everybody was an early bird, because of the time difference.auf Wunsch ab jetzt in Deutsch...Um 08.45 Uhr waren wir bei Bartels dem Harley Davidson Händler in Marina del Rey. Dort verbrachten wir einige Stunden, um uns zu informieren, Shirts, Jacken und was die einzelnen für Wünsche hatten zu organisieren. Es soll sogar einige geben, die zusätzlich Teile geordert ... read more
Santa Monica Pier at 05.00 am
Santa Monica Pier at 05.00 am
Santa Monica Pier at 05.00 am

North America » United States » California » Marina del Rey September 27th 2012

Geo: 33.9853, -118.452With the flight LX40 (Swiss International Airlines) leaving Zurich at 13.23 we arrived in Los Angeles at 16.08. It was a long flight, but we had no problems and a lot of fun. It was always daytime and we got some wonderful views over Greenland...After customs formalities we entered the US...jumped into a Shuttle to the Van Renter. We had a lot of discussions about the age of our driver....but we convinced him with our the end we got the van...but we have to talk our travel agency...Now we have been out for a short dinner with Buritos and back to our hotel. Everybody is tired!Time to go to bed...... read more
Zurich Airport
Over Greenland
Over Greenland

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