Memories – Los Angeles, 1995

Going through everything in my parent’s house is turning into a real trip down memory lane. Almost every item has memories attached, and photos are, of course, one of those small things that steal oodles of time as soon as you take them out of the packet (good old-fashioned prints, of course).

I’m going to share these today – my first trip to the US, hopefully not my last!

1995, I joined a party of dressage enthusiasts on a trip of a lifetime – to see Dressage goes to Hollywood!

Actually, it was the Dressage World Cup Final, but that was how it was billed. The show took place mostly in the evenings, so plenty of time to explore the local attractions, which we did with enthusiasm. I’d never met my room-mate before, or the other two ladies with whom we shared a hire car, but we got on famously, thank goodness!

Me, posing with the hire car (“We are so sorry, madam,” they said at the airport. “We only have a tiny car left on the lot.” Being from the UK, this was a pretty standard size for us, and we paid less as it was ‘so small’).

This was the view from our hotel, only a very short walk from (what was then) Mann’s Chinese Theatre, and all those famous signatures in concrete.

All the Star Trek cast – I was in heaven. We also drove out into the surrounding hills

So beautiful. By now, I was getting into character

And my friends were up for a lark

Paramount Pictures featured on our must-see sites

As did the Mojave desert (pictures of endless sand are too dull), including an illicit drive right through Edwards Air Force base, and the shuttle landing strip. Well, I did stop at the gates and look enquiringly at the guard – and his machine gun – inside the box, but when he didn’t come over to ask any questions, I just shrugged and drove on in…

Then it was Universal Studios – twice – and a chance to pose with the DeLorean car from the Back to the Future films

wander through some of the film set mock ups

And get to sit inside KITT, the Knight Rider car (and yes, he did talk to me!)

A stroll along Malibu beach was a must (think Baywatch) – but where were all those hunky lifeguards?

And, of course, there had to be horses involved. I came across this one in the Los Angeles Equestrian Centre car park, and just had to ask for a ride…

Ah, memories – such wonderful things!

 

6 comments

  1. What a glorious trip, and memory. It looks like you had a great time, Deb!

    1. It was fantastic – I loved America, and Americans ❤
      One of my favourite moments was when we arrived the hotel and a random guy outside looked at me and said, in all sincerity: "Gee, I love the hair – is it real?"

  2. Deb, how fantastic! Once again I get a glimpse of somewhere I haven’t been through you, thank you. You looked mighty fine in that cowgirl hat. And lol, Kitt talked to you! True Hollywood! 🙂 xx

    1. Cheers! I still have the hat, though it’s been shut away in the wardrobe for years.
      I was so flustered by KITT speaking to me I must admit I could only mumble incoherently – how mortifying!

  3. What a lovely post, Deborah. It looks like you had such a good time. I remember KITT; Knight Rider was one of my favourite shows.

    1. I loved Knight Rider – KITT was so sassy!

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