On the agenda: Los Angeles, Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Santa Monica, Malibu, Long Beach and Anaheim.
We scored some tickets on Virgin America at a good price from DFW to LAX. Our flight was leaving at around 145pm so after getting the animals all squared away at home and a lunch at the airport before the flight, we were up up and away! Let me tell you, we loved Virgin America. We are American Airlines flyers usually and there’s nothing special about AA. But on Virgin, all the seats are a black leather type of material, there is 5 times more leg room than AA flights and every seat has it’s own TV/entertainment system where you can watch movies, listen to music, watch LIVE satellite TV and even order food and drinks from. The cabin has what they call “mood lighting” with a purple hue. The satellite TV came in handy because we wanted to keep up on the World Cup and was able to watch a game while flying. My husband was in heaven!
The flight was good, minus some minor turbulence (I do not like flying) and after the mile long walk and a bus ride, we met my parents at the car rental center. The drive to Thousand Oaks, where the hotel was, was uneventful and only took about an hour despite LA traffic. This was probably the lightest traffic of the trip.
Got settled into the Hampton Inn Thousand Oaks (which was really nice) and headed out for a bite to eat at Carl’s Jr. We have a few of those here in DFW but my husband and kids made it seem like their burgers are made of rainbows and unicorns….add extra sunshine and diamonds for being a Carl’s Jr. in California! I’m a vegetarian so I just have to take their word for it.
It was an early night because everyone was pooped so we enjoyed the rest of the evening at the hotel. Day two – Hollywood, Beverly Hills and a drive on the side of a mountain!