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And already it was our last day before returning to Oz

sunny 25 °C

We had a good sleep in given that our flight leaves at midnight tonight. An 18 hour flight with little sleep expected means that we need to sleep now.

Another continental breakfast and then a long walk for a cultural experience for our last day. The Huntington Art Galleries and Botanical Gardens seems just like the thing to do.


It was a long walk but enjoyable through this local area. The houses are enormous and we saw more squirrels than people. The front gardens were magnificent and given it was a Sunday and no one was gardening, one must conclude that they employ gardeners mid week to maintain the yards.

The walk to the gardens took longer than the return and I'm not surprised as the instructions were pretty ordinary. Mandy was guide and she got us there in the same manner as we got to Vegas......trial and error.

The Galleries include;

The American Art,
The European Art,
Greene and Greene (furniture architects), and
Prints and Drawings

The facility was donated by a rich prick and his wife (interesting that he married her after his Uncle died. An they call Tasweegians inbred)

Anyway he was into playing with railroads in the late 1800's and made a fortune which he gave away to art (dickhead Auntie doer)

The grounds were lovely but the art a little ordinary. Whilst I am not being critical, the yanks are not naturally artistic in my view.

Arrival at the Huntington

Arrival at the Huntington

The goddess with her students. Walkies.....

The goddess with her students. Walkies.....

We didn't get long in the galleries and really had little opportunity to walk around the gardens because we needed to get back to the Langham for our traditional pedicure.

Enough time however for Tony to be photographed in the grounds.

What's with the naked kid lady...this is 2013.

What's with the naked kid lady...this is 2013.

Time for one last "been there" shot before a return trek back to the hotel.

What's with all the naked people...oh this is the Pasadena nudist park.

What's with all the naked people...oh this is the Pasadena nudist park.

We arrived back at the hotel in time for a shower, shave and shi.... before our limo trip to LAX. Whilst we have a midnight flight out, LAX is traditionally slow and with our checkout situation and need to "get out" it means a long wait in the Qantas lounge until the flight boards.

We had our traditional pedicure in the hotel spa and it was wonderful. I traumatised the locals with my feet and Mandy selected a nice colour for her nails. Needed to wear what the yanks call "flip flops" back to the hotel so the nails wouldn't scratch.

A few more Moet's in the lounge and then our limo arrived. The driver was very good with plenty of information about music and the local area. Mind you he was struggling to fit into the front seat. Another example of the expanding population.

We checked in and then passed through the duty free with only $250 spend and then it was onto customs. Our last security check thank god and we made it to the lounge for our 4 hour wait.

The tasting plate in the Business lounge of Oneworld

The tasting plate in the Business lounge of Oneworld

Dinner and then a few drinks with a final catch up on email, blog and Facebook. More to follow pending our flight.

Posted by mandt0413 21:39 Archived in USA

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