You can’t miss the diners in Los Angeles – they’re everywhere. With those tall signs out front, they look like something from a 1950s movie. But despite the retro and rather iconic appearance, they are just casual eateries going about their everyday business.
During our recent visit to Los Angeles, we visited this amazing Hindu temple in Chino Hills, on the east side of LA.
The ornate temple has the rather long name of BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir and looks like it was built centuries ago. However it was actually constructed just five years ago in 2011-12.
Towards the end of our one-day stopover in Sydney, we visited the Victorian era Strand Arcade. Built in 1891, the shop-lined arcade was looking especially colourful in the gathering dusk.
While we were in Sydney, we also wandered through the opulent, late 19th century Queen Victoria Building (aka the QVB).
And stopped to admire the two large and impressive clocks hanging from the roof.
Consequently, the distinctive Sydney Tower seemed to pop up in many of our photos. The building was completed in 1981 and is 309m tall (to the top of the spire).
From the Art Gallery of New South Wales, we walked across the Domain to Sydney Hospital. The building stands on the site of the old Rum Hospital, as described in the plaque above. From front, the current hospital looks rather grim.
However the central courtyard is much more likeable, with an ornamental fountain and plenty of interesting architectural details.
The town of St Albans dates back to Roman times (when it was called Verulamium), so there are some interesting ruins. The ruins above are part of the Roman town wall and are situated in Verulamium Park overlooking the lake. The ruins below are from a 16th century manor house, built on the site of the 12th century Sopwell Nunnery.