I had a smooth trip from Luxembourg to LA. Luckily my luggage didn't get stuck at Paris CDG (what is always a likely possibility) where I had to change flights. Unfortunately I then had to spend 12 hours next to a young guy who had extremely strong and bad body odour. That was quite a torture and I tried to distract myself by watching movies that I had been on my to watch list for ages: The Great Gatsby (I still prefer the version with Toby Stephens), Les Misérables (the novel is so much better) and Full Metal Jacket (tough to watch but brilliant).
When I had to go through customs control, the officer asked me something in Korean. As I don't speak this language, I responded to him in Russian as I had overheard him speak it to a colleague just before. We went through the whole finger print, photo, passport check in Russian, which was quite funny.
I headed straight to my room at the Hilton Airport Hotel and slept for 12 hours to overcome my jetlag.
Somehow, during the night I managed to lock myself out of the bathroom and I had to call security to open it for me. A bit embarrassing. I will not close the bathroom door ever again unless I'm in there.
The plan was to pick up my rental car from Hertz and drive to Palm Springs. But I couldn't just leave LA and I decided to go to my favourite outdoor shopping mall: Westfield at Century City. I hadn't had anything to eat for 23 hours and I thoroughly enjoyed this vegetarian breakfast burrito.
I did a bit of shopping at Kitson; I will show you my purchases in my next Take five post. At last I set off for Palm Springs. I just love driving through the desert, see the mountains and feel free.
Once I arrived in Palm Springs, I went up with the Aerial Tramway. The steep ride takes ten minutes in a Swiss-made cable car with a rotating floor.
The views from the top are very impressive as are the numerous hiking trails for which I wasn't prepared at all. Wearing leather flats, I didn't wander off too far. I am not afraid of heights but I am prone to altitude sickness. I could clearly feel that I was up at 2,600 metres above sea level.
The sun was setting at around 5 pm. On my way to my hotel, I drove through the centre of Palm Springs. I will explore the centre tomorrow before leaving for Death Valley.
I'm staying at The Saguaro, a very colourful hotel that I had seen on other blogs before.
Finding my room was quite a challenge and it was one of the most stressful moments on my trip so far. With several dead ends and only one lift, even the map didn't help that much.
Hilton Los Angeles Airport Hotel
5711 West Century Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90045
United States of America
1800 East Palm Canyon Drive
Palm Springs, CA 92264
United States of America