18.03.2013 - 18.03.2013 0 °C
We put in 2 wake up calls to make sure we were awake for our 5am limo pick up from the Intercontinental out to JFK. We lucked out and had a really nice driver that gave us some insight into the local population and areas. JFK is further out than La Guardia and we passed through quite a bit of residential areas. He was of the opinion that NY is fairly safe and as safe as most areas. In other words go where you feel comfortable, if in doubt don't.
The check in through JFK was pretty quick but security was probably the tightest that we've experienced. Getting through security took nearly 30 minutes and I shit you not, when I return to Oz we may need to get a check for radioactivity. The number of times we have been through xray. Still it's a necessity when we fly...
The American Airlines lounge (Admirals) is very basic with crappy coffee and a limit on the number of freebies. I will never complain about the Qantas Club again.
The flight to LAX took nearly 6 hours and it was not enjoyable. The attendants offered a cup of coffee/water on takeoff and that's the last we saw of them. Heard them lot's chatting in their cubicle which was opposite us but they never offered a snack or lunch for the rest of the flight. The movie was crap and we had no individual units at our seat. Such is holiday travel but whilst the short leg flights with American Airlines is ok, longer hauls forget it. Makes Jetstar look like a five star operation.
Arrived into LA slightly late and caught a shuttle onto our Hotel in Beverly Hills. The Crowne was clean and well located in a good part of town.
Took a long walk to stretch our legs after the flight and to look for the car rental site. I had booked this accommodation based on it's proximity to Avis so that we could walk to collect our car.
Stopped for a nice late lunch at a cafe in Beverly Hills Drive and it was great. At last found a good cup of coffee so things are beginning to look up. Walked to the Avis office to find that it had closed.......6 years ago.
No matter, we have a nice cup of coffee.