Weve been back in Australia for 4 hours, home for 2 ½ and the reality of a wonderful holiday is starting to sink in. Up to load three now of the washing. About 50 to go. Heres our cast Me: Quite a few DL visits, our last trip was 18 months ago, then a 20 year gap beforehand. DH: 2nd visit to DL, 4th to the USA DD7: 2nd visit to the USA MIL: 68, first passport and time out of Australia. Day 1 SYD to LAX. One of the wonderful things about travelling from Australia to the USA is that you land before you leave, taking advantage of the International Date Line. Our Qantas flight left roughly 1.30pm Wednesday 7 April, and we arrive 9.30am Wednesday 7 April. Pretty uneventful flight, although MIL had a fall boarding the aircraft. Fortunately she was ok, though it was a big scare. It was meant to be an A380, but a couple of days before was switched to a 747. Execucar picked us up, and we were whisked off to the Magic Castle Hotel in Hollywood. I took a couple of pics along the way. Santa Monica Blvd Sign. LA Ink Store Let me start by saying that The Magic Castle Hotel has the best service I have encounted. I would even go as far as saying better than any of the Four Seasons Ive stayed in. Very polite, they addressed us by name, very clean, but very old and in desperate need of a refurb. The downside was that we were in the annex building and I did not feel safe. The hotel is an old apartment complex around a pool, think like Melrose Place. Full kitchens. There are some additional units outside and that is where we were stationed. The beds were comfy and the housekeeping did a good job. We had a two bedroom unit. MIL and DD were both exhausted after checkin, so DH and I went down to the local supermarket , picked up a few bits and pieces and cooked dinner in the hotel room. Day 2... American Girl, The Grove, and Rodeo Drive.