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Los Angeles – Our first road trip – Part I

Mid year shutdown in June was something both Jay and me looked forward to, ever since our wedding, to go for a long drive. But in between his work got hectic and was not sure if he will be able to take vaccation. So we did not make much plans until just one week before travel. On the weekend just before the start of the shutdown, we were casually discussing about visiting Los Angeles. And in the next couple of minutes, we were on our laptops searching for a reasonable hotel. A bit of research on Yelp and TripAdvisor, we booked our hotel, a city tour and took tickets for Universal Studios. Hurrayyyy..

Coming from a middle class family, I haven’t thought even in my dreams that I would come to USA. But it happened. Whatever happening in my life right now, is beyond my dreams. Jay was running short of leave and had to come back to US in two weeks after our marriage. In between, we were running behind my Visa processing. We did cover some nearby places on weekends. They all were short one day trips. So, LA trip was our first TRIP together. This is our first vaccation after wedding. He is gona single handedly drive all 380 miles!! To say we were thrilled would be an understatement. The next one week was a countdown. The first thing we say each other on waking up would be how many days is left for the trip. We felt that one week was longer than the others, for it was just crawling. While all these happen on one hand, we were not sure til the day before the trip that he can take holidays. But luckily, everything fell in place.

We started our 5+ hours drive on Saturday morning. We had loaded our back seats with fruits, snacks, water bottles, chewing gum etc etc to entertain ourselves all the way. We played loud music and sang along. I was even dancing sitting in the front seat next to Jay. We took a couple of food and fuel break. The view on both sides of the road was a thing of pleasure and I went on clicking pics.

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IMG_6617We stopped at Castaic lake and spend 2 hours there. It is a beautiful place. Whether you come here to admire the beauty and relax, or to have a fun-filled camping, there is something for you. The activities include boating, fishing, hiking, camping, picnicking, kayaking, sailing, plus simply enjoying nature and the great outdoors. There are lifeguards on duty There are shaded picnic areas by the side of the lake with BBQ grills. It was not very crowded

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We spent almost two hours there and continued to LA. We checked in at the hotel by evening. Both of us were very tired. We had dinner at an Indian restruant nearby.

Next day, we went for LA city tour with Starline tours. They took us in a double decker bus and we managed to get a seat on the upper deck. Cheeese. We had bought a selfie stick a couple of days back, though Jay did not like the idea and had to do because of my compulsion. But once we started the City tour, I was surprised to see him take selfies at every possible point. He has become a selfie-addict by the end of the trip. The tour took us to Chineese Theatre, Walk of Fame, Hollywood Sign, Beverly Hills, Hollywood Bowl and stopped for lunch at Farmer’s market. After lunch, we went on to see Paramount Studios, China Town, Walt Disney Concert Hall, Cathedral of Our Lady etc

The Chineese Theatre
The Chinese Theatre
Chinese Theatre is famous for its nearly 200 cement handprints and footprints of movie stars in its forecourt
Chinese Theatre is famous for its nearly 200 cement handprints and footprints of movie stars in its forecourt
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The Hollywood Bowl – An amphitheater in the Hollywood area
The Walk of Fame:  Aound 2,500 pink terrazzo stars inlaid with the names of famous TV, Movie, Recording, Live Theatre and Radio Stars
The Walk of Fame: Aound 2,500 pink terrazzo stars inlaid with the names of famous TV, Movie, Recording, Live Theatre and Radio Stars

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Farmer's Market:  Founded in 1934 is said to be the largest open air market in Los Angeles, with more than 140 shops, restaurants, markets and cafes.
Farmer’s Market: Founded in 1934 is said to be the largest open air market in Los Angeles, with more than 140 shops, restaurants, markets and cafes.

Since, this is running longer than I expected, I better make a second part to for the rest of the trip. 😉

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