Activity: To Malibu for Lunch, California, USA

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Activity: To Malibu for Lunch, California, United States

After the quick morning “snack” in the lounge. MrsWT73 took a while to get going. We ended up leaving the hotel at around 12 noon and heading up the coast to Malibu. We drove up the coast to Duke’s Malibu. It was a popular spot for brunch; we didn’t have a reservation and there was about a 40 minute wait for Sunday Brunch. We ended up on the pub side where we sat outside while the local fog burned off. An spiked iced tea complimented today’s brunch efforts.

Nice to actually have a drink out of one of these mugs stateside…

Driving the Pacific Coast Highway through Malibu:

On our way back, we stopped a few times to take in the shore line from the Pacific Coast Highway. The sun started coming out slowly.

A Walk on the Santa Monica Pier:

We ended up at the Santa Monica Pier. We were lucky enough to find street parking out front of the JW Marriott Le Meridina? We ended up going for a walk down the pier. Being the middle of summer, it was packed with people.

A slow walk out to the end, taking in the sights. It was my first time visiting Santa Monica Beach in the middle of summer. It was quite busier than in my past trips.

We headed down to the boardwalk where the playground and yoga stands were. We passed by the usual patch of grass where several yoga stand poses were on display.

We eventually wandered back to the car and onwards to LAX and the Hertz Rental Return. We experienced the miserable traffic issues around LAX with an extra 15 minutes wait just getting back to the rental car return. After we had returned our vehicle, we had another 20 minutes on the hertz shuttle buss just navigating traffic to get to the terminal.

Our Los Angeles Layover Summarized:

All in all, I was happy we left a little bit of extra time in order to fully enjoy the departure experience. Our brief trip to Malibu was a nice way to kill a layover and a nice change of pace from our usual Los Angeles activities.

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