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Day 1 : Saturday 3rd September 2005

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California here I come!

After a mixed night's sleep, I got a taxi to Paddington and then the Heathrow Express to Heathrow. I made two mistakes here, firstly I paid for the taxi on my credit card (as I had no cash) which meant the price went up from the normal 13 to over 22 . Secondly, having bought a HEX ticket, I noticed that Underground tickets were being accepted (the Piccadilly Line must have been closed), which I could have bought instead (at another 10 saving), if I'd have known or checked! Oh well, almost 20 down already and the holiday is only an hour old!!!

BA283 London Heathrow (LHR) - Los Angeles (LAX)

I caught a taxi from LAX, but it was a hot and slow ride out to the hotel, the Crowne Plaza Beverly Hills. I'm not sure its exactly in Beverly Hills, but its quite close to Rodeo Drive and Century City, so I planned to go and have a little shop tomorrow. The view from the room over central LA and Hollywood was amazing.

With the 8 hour time difference and an 11 hour flight behind me, I was fully zonked by the time I arrived in the hotel, so just took it easy for the rest of the day and relaxed in my room, before a very early night (7pm!!!).

View from my room