BC: DEPARTED | LAX | 10 JAN 2013 | JIMMY, LOUIE, & FRANCINE
1: LOS ANGELES | LAX | ARRIVED 26 DEC 2012 | Officially the City of Los Angeles, often known by its initials L.A., is the most populous city in the U.S. State of California and the second most populous in the United States, after New York City. Nicknamed the City of Angels, Los Angeles is a leading world center of business, international trade, entertainment, culture, media, fashion, science, sports, technology, and education. As the home base of Hollywood, it leads the world in the creation of television productions, video games, and recorded music; it is also one of the leaders in motion picture production.
2: The day after Christmas the trip of a lifetime began. Louie, Francine, and I had the most amazing time exploring California, Nevada, and Arizona. Join us on our journey that began in Los Angeles!
4: THE GRIFFITH OBSERVATORY sits on the south-facing slope of Mount Hollywood in Los Angeles' Griffith Park. It commands a view of the Los Angeles Basin, including Downtown Los Angeles to the southeast, Hollywood to the south, and the Pacific Ocean to the southwest. The observatory is a popular tourist attraction with an extensive array of space and science-related displays.
6: THE CITY OF ANGELS "The Angels" is the literal translation in Spanish of "Los Ángeles"
8: Las Vegas is an internationally renowned major resort city known primarily for gambling, shopping, and fine dining and is the leading financial and cultural center for Southern Nevada. The city bills itself as "The Entertainment Capital of the World," and is famous for its consolidated casino–hotels and associated entertainment.
10: NEVADA | Hoover Dam
11: Grand Canyon | ARIZONA
13: Hollywood, California | THE HOLLYWOOD SIGN is a landmark and American cultural icon located in Los Angeles, California. It is situated on Mount Lee in the Hollywood Hills area of the Santa Monica Mountains. The sign overlooks the Hollywood district of Los Angeles. "HOLLYWOOD" is spelled out in 45-foot-tall and 350-foot-long white capital letters. It was originally created as an advertisement for local real estate development in 1923, but garnered increasing recognition after the sign was left up. The sign is protected and promoted by the Hollywood Sign Trust, a nonprofit organization.
18: California | B E A C H E S
22: HOLLYWOOD WALK-OF-FAME consists of more than 2,400 five-pointed terrazzo and brass stars embedded in the sidewalks along fifteen blocks of Hollywood Boulevard and three blocks of Vine Street in Hollywood, California.
24: Farewell Los Angeles... until next time....