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June 17-19 Carlsbad to Marina Del Rey in Los Angeles

RUN AWAY!

overcast 21 °C

A fine evening in Carlsbad last night but today the weather was once again cool and overcast so we decided to head back up the highway to Los Angeles. We fly out of there on Tuesday and there seemed little point pursuing the sun when there was no hope of finding any even further south. "June gloom" is what everybody from Santa Barbara to San Diego calls it. There was lots of traffic this morning but all fast-moving so we got up to the Marina Del Rey hotel in just over 2 hours which was perfect timing to watch Portugal vs Holland. Marina Del Rey is just a couple of miles from Venice Beach but there is parking here, and like the sun, something also impossible to find there. The hotel has water on 2 sides, there's a pool and at $145 per night, it's an absolute bargain

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On Monday we had a slow start and seeing as the sun didn't bother to come out at all, we did nothing until we drove to Venice Beach to watch the Spain vs Croatia and Italy vs Ireland at the Sidewalk Cafe

Actually Ken did go early to a Medical Centre with an "Urgent" department as he had some sort of ear infection - the doctor's fee was OK at $130 but the prescriptions cost him $250

After the matches, we walked up and down Venice Beach which really is very seedy these days and then had lunch at The Rose Cafe which has been there for at least 30 years and also had a look at the pink Cadillac Hotel which Jeni and I have stayed at a few times

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The Marina del Ray Hotel has some interesting old photos in the lobby one of which is of the Coast Highway/Malibu Road in 1912

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Posted by kforge 17:22 Archived in USA

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