Mulholland Drive, Newport Beach and Marina del Ray

Being up early again, we still had 1 hour left to kill before our chosen breakfast diner would open up at 7:30 AM. So we decided to drive along Mulholland Drive, a scenic route with views of the cities and great houses built into the hills. We managed to catch the last parking spot at Runyon Canyon Park, a popular spot for local joggers. Unfortunately we didn’t bring our running gear… But we walked through the park.

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Wolvesmouth Sharkteeth Dinner Club

I signed up for several underground dinner clubs a few months ago and thought maybe we are lucky, that a) there is an event taking place when we are there and b) we get tickets. We got lucky, as there was a dinner  by Craig Thornton announced just 4 days before our departure. It was called Wolvesmouth Sharkteeth, a 6 course seafood menu. We were hesitant at first, because it meant going out after our 24 hour journey to the US, but it was totally worth it.

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Flight to LAX in Air Berlin Business Class

This is day 1 of our 35 day trip through the US. It’s 5 weeks thanks to award availability in Air Berlin Business Class, which was kind of hard to get. Luckily we got the last direct flight from Düsseldorf to Los Angeles, but the return was only available from the east coast 5 weeks later… We bought 70.000 miles from Air Berlin for 389 € in their City Tour Pass promotion and another 10.000 miles for 110 € in another promotion. Business Class flights cost 80.000 miles for the return + 778 € in taxes and fees. So in total we got the tickets for 1277 € each. Not bad considered, that they normally sell for 2000+.

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