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.
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.
Then we drove down Sunset and through Beverley Hills, stopping off for lunch in Westwood, at the bottom of the UCLA campus.
Check out several of the cinemas in Westwood, especially the iconic Fox movie house with its signature tower.
Or you can join the marines or eat candy. ‘Sup to you.