Everywhere but LA … Hollywood, Malibu, Santa Monica

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I’ve been to LA four times, and still seen very little of it, but visiting friends on my last trip, they took me on a quick cook’s tour of the area.

It wasn’t the best time for a hike into the Hollywood Hills, a recent fire having laid waste to most of the trees …

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And while the smog was nowhere near as bad as my first ever visit, back in the 80s, the haze was still an ever-present feature:

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But you don’t have to go far down the coast to find rather more scenic territory. Malibu:

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Where the university had a flag for each victim of 9/11:

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And the absolutely gorgeous Santa Monica. If I was going to live anywhere in the area (and could afford it), this would be the place!

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LA itself? Well, we drove through it, and I took a quick snap through the car windscreen …

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September 2009

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