With most things back open did a lot of walking and a few car rides to check out the arts culture here. We started with breakfast at Grand Central Market, not much was open at 9am but there was coffee and bagels, all that we needed.
Pastrami, Cheddar and Egg
Sadly the Angels Flight wasn’t running so we walked up the stairs next to it to get to The Broad. Since we had already seen Kusama’s exhibit in Seattle we went up to staff who gave us tickets for the 11am GA gallery. Had an hour to kill so walked to Grand Park the Cathedral of Our Lady of Angels. Both had nice water fountains.
The collection on display at The Broad was small since the first floor was dedicated to Kusama, we still saw lots of cool pieces.
K town for a quick lunch.
Back to downtown area at Little Tokyo. Mostly just shops so nothing really interesting to photograph but did get some honey icecream.
From there it’s a half mile to get to the arts district and sadly everything was closed so only got to see the murals.
No trip starts well without a stop at my favorite place to get tacos. I called from the plane and was told they closed at noon and we didn’t get into the rental car at LAX until 11:25 and I drove like a bat out of hell to get there in time. They were actually open until 1 but I was hungry so it was worth almost getting a ticket. Sadly they were out of carnitas so got an asada, chicharron, and egg & chorizo.
Before picking up my parents back at the airport we went to Santa Monica to shop and see the pier which in all honesty was a bit of a dump. At least got a nice sunset.
We finished the evening with insanely fancy ice cream at Giapo. The owner was there and gave us many samples as we awaited our creation to be done. We just ordered a half scoop of two flavors and didn’t expect the toppings. The hazelnuts were very fresh and the marshmallow very light, it was extruded from a nozzle.
Cool Italian Chef? Check
K and I flew Jetstar to get to Auckland. For a deep discount carrier it was pretty good other than having a 7kg carry-on limit that superseded the 2 bag limit. So had to check more bags but thankfully had paid for 80kg before. They use cargo containers on even short flights it seems which I like think I feel bags are treated better that way being placed into a container rather than thrown into the plane’s cargo hold. With the baggage got $20 in credit onboard so we each got a drink and split and order of pie and sausage roll.
Today we wanted to do a big hike since New Zealand is famous for many different walks. However, it’s raining for most of the day so we decided to do one from town that wouldn’t take long up to the Skyline area that has lots of activities and more importantly a dry, warm building with hot food. Took 45min to hike up the 450m vertical trail and the clouds were clearing so got some good shots of Queenstown from above. It started raining as we started down.
Our Airbnb in the middle, beige house
Interesting chair sculptures on way up.
Drove past this lamb joint the other day and knew we needed to have it. For $45NZD get a lamb shoulder and a bunch of potatoes, it’s a great deal. We swung by the supermarket to get some much needed salad, but also picked up some chips and NZ made chocolate. The lamb was very succulent and fell off the bone, I had to stop myself from finishing it all and probably feeling really bad in an hour.