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San Diego and Hollywood, California, US - 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 Isobel 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.

next album: Easter in Dublin, Ireland - 21st-24th March 2008
previous album: Rosarito and Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico - 2nd March 2008

2008 La Jolla's Rock Bottom bar

La Jolla's Rock Bottom bar

2008 Isobel racks up in Rock Bottom

Isobel racks up in Rock Bottom

2008 Isobel breaks

Isobel breaks

2008 Isobel takes her shot in the game of 'stick'

Isobel takes her shot in the game of 'stick'

2008 The bar of the Rock Bottom

The bar of the Rock Bottom

2008 Rock Bottom's bar

Rock Bottom's bar

2008 The UCSD car park is deserted at night

The UCSD car park is deserted at night

2008 Qualcomm buildings

Qualcomm buildings

2008 Isoble's Qualcomm home's reception area

Isoble's Qualcomm home's reception area

2008 The apartment's lounge and working fireplace

The apartment's lounge and working fireplace

2008 The V-8 Mustang with its roof up

The V-8 Mustang with its roof up

2008 Isobel plays around with her phone

Isobel plays around with her phone

2008 Striking flowers by the pavement off Villa La Jolla

Striking flowers by the pavement off Villa La Jolla

2008 Off Villa La Jolla

Off Villa La Jolla

2008 A fuzzy flower and what looks like small, hard, raspberries

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

2008 An orange flower

An orange flower

2008 La Jolla near the I-5 junction

La Jolla near the I-5 junction

2008 Random office buildings somewhere

Random office buildings somewhere

2008 On the way to Qualcomm

On the way to Qualcomm

2008 Off Mira Mesa Boulevard, one of Qualcomm's buildings

Off Mira Mesa Boulevard, one of Qualcomm's buildings

2008 On the freeway near the I-805 turn off

On the freeway near the I-805 turn off

2008 The suitcase waits to leave

The suitcase waits to leave

2008 Out apartment at the Marriott Residence in La Jolla

Out apartment at the Marriott Residence in La Jolla

2008 The Residence Inn breakfast area

The Residence Inn breakfast area

2008 The Rock Bottom brewery: think globally, drink locally

The Rock Bottom brewery: think globally, drink locally

2008 On the I-805

On the I-805

2008 Nosher drops Isobel off at Qualcomm's Building 'N'

Nosher drops Isobel off at Qualcomm's Building 'N'

2008 The view over Los Angeles

The view over Los Angeles

2008 Isobel looks out over the Hollywood Hills up at Griffith Observatory

Isobel looks out over the Hollywood Hills up at Griffith Observatory

2008 Isobel and the Hollywood sign

Isobel and the Hollywood sign

2008 Nosher gets the tourist-photo treatment

Nosher gets the tourist-photo treatment

2008 The Griffith Observatory

The Griffith Observatory

2008 An odd-looking statue of James Dean

An odd-looking statue of James Dean

2008 A tourist gawps at the James Dean statue

A tourist gawps at the James Dean statue

2008 Some dude looks over Los Angeles

Some dude looks over Los Angeles

2008 Isobel looks out over the city

Isobel looks out over the city

2008 Downtown LA

Downtown LA

2008 The Griffith Observatory, and LA in the background, with smog

The Griffith Observatory, and LA in the background, with smog

2008 A brass engraving of the solar system

A brass engraving of the solar system

2008 A statue celebrating Galileo, Kepler, et al

A statue celebrating Galileo, Kepler, et al

2008 The iconic (but tiny) Hollywood sign

The iconic (but tiny) Hollywood sign

2008 Griffith Observatory

Griffith Observatory

2008 A cool 1970s Camaro

A cool 1970s Camaro

2008 Tall palm trees

Tall palm trees

2008 Intersection of Hollywood Boulevard and La Brea, home of the tar pits

Intersection of Hollywood Boulevard and La Brea, home of the tar pits

2008 Isobel wanders up the walk of the stars

Isobel wanders up the walk of the stars

2008 Seedy cinema near Hollywood and Vine

Seedy cinema near Hollywood and Vine

2008 The famouse Capitol Building

The famouse Capitol Building

2008 Sidewalk plaque dedicated to the moon dudes

Sidewalk plaque dedicated to the moon dudes

2008 A groovy assortment of neon and glass bongs

A groovy assortment of neon and glass bongs

2008 An Onion newsbox

An Onion newsbox

2008 Multi-coloured Hollywood fire hydrant

Multi-coloured Hollywood fire hydrant

2008 Not much is more US-iconic than a racing fire truck

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

2008 Isobel on the Walk of the Stars

Isobel on the Walk of the Stars

2008 A London-style bus

A London-style bus

2008 The Nakatomi building from Die Hard

The Nakatomi building from Die Hard

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La Jolla's Rock Bottom bar