Beverley Hills is one cool place, quite expensive, but you like it none the less. It's that vibration of energy, of dreams, of works in progress that gives Beverley Hills its buzz. It's a city of Sundays, of leisurely lunches at the restaurants, a sedate stroll down the Wiltshire Boulevard, where, if money is no object, you're the King. Or Queen, or Rockstar, or Celebrity, or the hopeful wannabee.
Some of the streets seem to run for miles, so it is very useful to have precise locations. Taxi fares are quite expensive, with add-ons after certain times of night or bank holidays. Try using buses to make it cheaper? Not enough time to figure it out on a short visit. Taxis from the hotel always seem to have a surcharge added. The ones you hail charge what's on the meter. Big difference.
There is so much to see and do in L.A.
One morning, I and my companions headed to the Walk of Fame. There's a star that says Cubby Brocolli. Another says Burt Reynolds. Another, oh yes, Jane Fonda!
There's a cinema school opposite, that does guided tours.
I opt to buy a few trinkets from the shop. There's a nice golden Oscar, that reads 'For Achievement'. That's a gift that will be appreciated by somebody.
Our stay at the Pasadena Hilton was comfortable. It has that home-from-home charm, from where we visited the Santa Anita Park for the races, the Breeders Cup; Chateau Marmont, a funky nightclub; The W, or should I say the famous W, which has a breath-taking all-round view of L.A.; a reasonably priced drinking place called Mastros; and the Beverley Hills Hotel, famous in an Eddie Murphy film.
As movies are once again starting to make good returns, and audience numbers starting to improve, I believe the talents of Hollywood will have a hand in contributing to the revival and Recovery.
When I saw a railway line was being laid from Pasadena, I realised this place is still young, and still growing, and huge potential lies in this place.
With this short write-up of my very short visit to L.A., I can only say that I do hope to visit there again in the future.
Wishing you all a Very Happy New Year, and may Joy and Good Health be with you.