Day 4…Queen Mary Long Beach…Karen and Dom’s US road trip.

HMS Queen Mary, a hotel in Long Beach since 1967.
HMS Queen Mary, a hotel in Long Beach since 1967.

Day 4 and we make our way to Long Beach where the decommissioned cruise liner Queen Mary has been berthed since 1967. Karen’s grandfather was purser of the QM during its golden period, at some point, in the 1950s and 1960s. Nowadays, it’s a hotel, still kitted out with its original art deco features. So here we are in cabin A147, having explored the ship and imagined Grandad on the crew.

Queen Mary mast against the Long Beach back drop.
Queen Mary mast against the Long Beach back drop.
Between the lifeboats a party steam boat sails away.
Between the lifeboats a party steam boat sails away.
The QM in postcards displayed on board.
The QM in postcards displayed on board.
Dominic outside the Winston Churchill restaurant, with some British memorabilia.
Dominic outside the Winston Churchill restaurant, with some British memorabilia.
one of the three Iconic QM funnels.
one of the three Iconic QM funnels.
Horn sign.
Horn sign.
On the bridge.
On the bridge.
On the bridge. Who is at the helm?
On the bridge. Who is at the helm?
Through the porthole...a view of a war plane fly over.
Through the porthole…a view of a war plane fly over.
Signal sign.
Signals sign.
Ghost sighting.
Ghost sighting.
Art Deco doors.
Art Deco doors.
art-deco lifts
Art Deco lifts
love love love the Deco
love love love the Deco
original image of entertainment room.
original image of entertainment room.
QM ropes.
QM ropes.
Alleyway squeeze!
Alleyway squeeze!

The QM is still a lovely boat, the Art-Deco is stunning. It’s been brilliant to walk around a ‘museum’ of this period, and to step-over the boards (and the bridge) of relatives. What has been disappointing though is dinner. It is very expensive (over-priced). This is a shame because if you are staying the night, you are already paying a premium to enjoy the surround and ‘set’ of the ship. It’s a sting to pay over-the-top again for a basic meal. Saying that, for us it’s been worth the visit because there was so much of a family investment in this ‘old gal of a liner’. However, our advice would be – come on and enjoy the ship, you don’t need to stay on board, and you don’t need to eat on board – or perhaps do one but not both, unless you are prepared to feel the pinch!

Earlier, the day started with breakfast at the Urth Caffe, opposite the Sunday bells of Pasadena Presbyterian Church.

The bell tower Presbyterian Church. This made for a noisy Sunday breakfast.
The bell tower Presbyterian Church. This made for a noisy Sunday breakfast.
Our Pasadena breakfasts were at the Urth Cafe.
Our Pasadena breakfasts were at the Urth Cafe.

Then we drove down Sunset and through Beverley Hills, stopping off for lunch in Westwood, at the bottom of the UCLA campus.

A quick whizz around UCLA.
A quick whizz around UCLA.

Check out several of the cinemas in Westwood, especially the iconic Fox movie house with its signature tower.

Fox Cinema Westwood.
Fox Cinema Westwood.
Landmark theatres.
Landmark theatres.

Or you can join the marines or eat candy. ‘Sup to you.

Buy some sweets or nip next door and join the marines...hmmm, what to do?
Buy some sweets or nip next door and join the marines…hmmm, what to do?

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