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San Diego and Hollywood, California, USA - 3rd March 2008

There is a bit of a round-up of San Diego miscellany here, from cruising around on the interstate to visiting ex-work's headquarters (to drop off and pick up Iz from work). There's also a beer in the Rock Bottom - the brewery/bar round the corner from the apartment - and a game of "stick". Finally, though, on the way back to the UK is a brief stop-off in Hollywood, Los Angeles. First stop is the site of some of the key scenes in the film "Rebel Without a Cause" - The Griffith Observatory, perched high in the Hollywood hills. As a bonus, it offers some great views over Los Angeles, and the famous "Hollywood" sign (which, to be honest, appears about 100-times smaller than it does on TV). From here, we wind down on to Sunset Boulevard and cruise up and down Hollywood Boulevard and Santa Monica, before following the latter to its eponymous destination on the coast. Sadly, we're just in time to miss the sunset on account of being inadvertently sucked on to the Pacific Coast Highway. Hey ho.

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The apartment's lounge (and working fireplace)

Isobel plays around with her pooPhone

Striking flowers by the sidewalk off Villa La Jolla

A fuzzy flower and what looks like small, hard, raspberries

Off Mira Mesa Boulevard, one of Qualcomm's buildings

The reception of the Marriott Residences, and (top left) one of Nosher's previous apartments

The Rock Bottom brewery: think globally, drink locally

Last exit to Qualcomm - coming off the I-805

Nosher drops Iz off at QC's Building 'N'

In La Jolla's Rock Bottom bar, Iz racks up

Isobel takes her shot in the game of 'stick'

The bar of the Rock Bottom

The UCSD car park is deserted at night. Nosher has long had a 'thing' about its reflections and emptiness

Iz looks out over the Hollywood Hills up at Griffith Observatory

Isobel and the Hollywood sign

Nosher gets the tourist-photo treatment

The Griffith Observatory

An odd-looking statue of James Dean

A tourist gawps at the James Dean statue

Downtown LA

Observatory dome

The Griffith Observatory, and the buildings of downtown LA in the background - spot the layer of smog

Isobel and the hat

A brass engraving of the solar system

A statue celebrating Galileo, Kepler, et al

The iconic (but tiny) Hollywood sign

A cool 1970s Camaro

Intersection of Hollywood Boulevard and La Brea (home of the tar pits)

Isobel wanders up the walk of the stars

Seedy cinema near Hollywood and Vine

Sidewalk plaque dedicated to the moon dudes

A groovy assortment of neon and glass bongs

Multi-coloured Hollywood fire hydrant

Not much is more US-iconic than a racing fire truck

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The apartment's lounge (and working fireplace)