Peter and Lesley's World Cruise 2007 travel blog







We arrived in LA in the dark at about 4 in the morning. A team from the American Centre for Diseases [CDC] had been on board from Panama and had apparently been trying to determine the cause of the novo virus outbreak which started shortly after we left New York. As a result of the CDC deliberations the whole ship contingent had to be vacated to decontaminate the vessel.

Since this coincided with a significant crew and passenger change you can imagine the chaos which ensued. It was therefore fortunate Lesley and I had arranged to spend the day with Brian and Cheryl who were on holiday in LA from England.

It was an amazing coincidence their hotel bedroom overlooked the QE2's berth in San Pedro

Our limo driver [Fernandez] dropped us in Olvera St near the civic centre at about 10 am. Our self guided tour through the city took us to China Town, Olvera St and Plaza, Little Tokyo, the Arts district, Bunker Hill and of course the obligatory jewellery district.

A chance meeting with Kathy and Steve who were waiting to catch a train home lead us to take lunch in the famous Philippe's restaurant. The floor was covered with wood shavings and we had to queue in line [Macdonald's style] for the most delicious beef sandwich washed down with a bottle of beer!!!

A couple of very helpful LAPD cops cautioned us not to walk too far east and recommended an Irish bar situated on Grand Ave. We of course took their advice and the Guinness was deliciously ice cold.

We took a couple of hours over supper in a delightful Mexican restaurant on Olvera St., where Norma [our waitress] introduced us to the best Mexican food and drink we have ever had. [Not difficult for Lesley, her second Mexican meal]. We dropped Brian and Cheryl off at their hotel and Fernandez took us to the ship. As Fernandez was a single father with a 15 year old girl and Norma a single mother with a 5 month old son I wondered if I could play cupid.

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