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In our last post,  we were in beautiful Santa Barbara, but because it rained non-stop while we were there, we cut our visit short and headed to the Premium Outlet Mall in Camarillo. We love shopping in the US – the quality, selection and price of clothing is fantastic. Kasper, Jones New York and Chico’s were my favourites and Mr. Boomerlifetoday did well in Brooks Brothers and Perry Ellis. Exhausted from a day of retail therapy, we drove to the nearby Marriott Residence Inn, where we spent a comfortable night.

Next morning, we rose early and drove to Point Dume (Malibu) for a hike and walk along its stunning beach (above).  There were a group of photographers perched on the cliff side there and my first thought was that they were paparazzi waiting for one of Malibu’s many celebrities to appear.  However, it turned out they were nature lovers hoping to snap migrating grey whales on their journey from Mexico to Alaska.  We saw neither stars nor whales, but still really enjoyed our time in Malibu!

From Malibu, we headed into LA and since it was Saturday, traffic along the Santa Monica Freeway was moving well and we reached our hotel (Hotel Wilshire) in good time. The Hotel Wilshire is a new boutique hotel with stylish rooms and a pleasant rooftop pool and bar, which afforded great views of the Hollywood Hills.  We really enjoyed our stay there and would recommend it to anyone travelling to LA.

Our time in La La Land was busy – out to Long Beach on Sunday to see the Indy Car Grand Prix and cheer on New Zealand driver, Scott Dixon.  After the race, we explored the Queen Mary, which is permanently moored in Long Beach. Not as grand as we had anticipated, but interesting just the same.  We ended the evening at George’s Greek Cafe for souvlaki – yum! The next day, we had a date with none other than Dr. Phil!  I’ve been a fan for years and it was fun to be in the audience and  see Dr. Phil and Robin in person.  Another afternoon we explored Santa Monica, rode the famous ferris wheel and stayed for a wonderful dinner at Lobster, a restaurant near the pier. And, of course, no visit to LA would be complete without a tour of celebrity homes, shopping on Rodeo Drive and exploring the city’s famous boulevards.  We also ate at the Beverly Hills Hotel and the Beverly Wilshire hotels – divine!

After 4 great days, it was time to leave LA for Las Vegas and just for fun we decided to travel there by Greyhound bus!  Join us next time for our adventures in the Entertainment Capitol of the World.

Until next time,

Your Boomer Life Partners

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