Manhattan Beach, California
12.11.2013 - 13.11.2013 70 °F
While leaving NZ was difficult, It was time to return to Southern California and re-join my family and friends. I started my departure with a flight from Wellington to Sidney, from Sidney to Seoul, and from Seoul to Los Angeles. Fortunately I flew on Asiana, voted the best airline of the year in 2012. Let me just say they deserve their excellent reputation. I would fly them again just for the meals!
During the six months, I hadn't looked back but now on re-entry I was anxious to be home. Here is the first indication that I arrived...
And the other, my daughter, making it a happy reunion.
Manhattan Beach, was just as beautiful as when I left.
And out in front of our house at the end of the day....
and in nearby Marina Del Rey, enjoying a happy hour with my friends...
In fact MB in itself is a destination. Located on the Pacific Ocean a few miles from LAX, it has a thriving downtown with charming boutiques and excellent restaurants. A couple years ago *CNN Money named Manhattan Beach #1 as the "2011 Best Places For the Rich and Single". Before that, *The Travel Channel named Manhattan Beach the 9th sexiest beach on EARTH for its 2008 "21 Sexiest Beaches" show. Admittedly different demographics! Instead we figured that if it was good enough for Hawaii, why not us? You see much of the sand on Waikīkī Beach was purchased from Manhattan Beach by Hawaiʻian developers in the late 1920s. The developers negotiated a deal with the Kuhn Brothers Construction Company to ship the city's sand across the Pacific Ocean from Manhattan Beach to Waikiki Beach over a 10 year period.
So now back in this lovely part of the world, I plan to enjoy it as though I am a traveler. And to reflect on all the things I saw, experienced, and learned during this RTW trip. After all, traveling is about getting answers to questions you never thought to ask.