After an excellent week in California I flew back today to Miami, where the family will meet me tomorrow for half-term.
So, I have a night on my own in Miami, and after checking out the DJ line ups in South Beach, I have made the executive decision to not leave my bed, and after 5 hotels in 6 days, it is a treat to not have to be running out of the door. My night is set, I have wine and I will watch the Chicago Cubs hopefully secure a World Series spot for the first time since 1945.
Other than a visit to Anaheim and Napa Valley, the bulk of my week in California was spent in Los Angeles and San Francisco, and it reminded me of how utterly different those two cities are. LA is an urban sprawl with isolated neighborhoods separated by freeways and San Francisco is a compact, walkable and coherent oasis. Both are worth a visit but they have so little in common.
Our behind the stage tour of Disneyland was awesome, and it was crazy how busy it was. 15,000 people alone going to the park on the evening for the Halloween party, which is three times a week, and almost everyone of all ages dressed up which scared me in more ways than one (photo).