Upon arriving in Los Angeles, I drove to my gorgeous new digs – a garden bungalow in Culver City.  It feels “oh so L.A.” to be living in a guesthouse in someone’s backyard. After getting settled, I bee-lined it to Trader Joe’s for some grocery essentials. OK, not really essentials but it is always so much fun to shop there.

The next couple of days were spent exploring two of my favourite neighborhoods – Santa Monica and Venice. Sun, surf, an amusement park and a stroll in the Venice Canals kept me amused for quite some time.