Santa Monica Rodeo Drive Los Angeles were regular stop off points for me between 1998 & 2005 on my way to Rio di Janeiro. My inspiration to pull out these old (poor quality early digital) photos came from watching Billy Bob Thornton in the series Goliath, which of course was shot in Santa Monica.
My great friend Denise McKay
Denise was the main reason to stop in L.A., we met when she was living on the Gold Coast & continued our friendship for a number of years after she moved back to the U.S.A.
Sadly this mural is not there anymore however the photo remains a favourite of mine.
Denise dressed to blend in with the wall. 🙂
She is one of those ladies who always looks terrific,
Lunch at Fisherman’s wharf Marina Del Ray
We had the restaurant to ourselves. 🙂
At least it will wash of in a week or so.
The only tattoos I like are the ones that wash off. 🙂
I can’t remember where I parked my car.
Oh! here is is. 🙂
Yellow matches my Mercedes Sports at home. 🙂
Classy neighbourhood & classy lady. 🙂
Back to Santa Monica
Outside the New York Deli which was one of my favourite places to eat, sadly I believe it closed in 2010.
The Central Garden at the Getty Center
There were more than 500 varieties of plants used in the landscaping of the Central Garden.
Patrezia from Salerno
We hooked up with this crazy Italian lady from Salerno, she was a lot ot fun. 🙂
Denise & Petrezia
We had a bit to talk about as it was only a year ago when I was in Salerno.
Farewell from Santa Monica in February 1999.
Had a great time with Denise in Santa Monica now it was time to head to Rio di Janeiro for Carnival. Thanks for visiting my Santa Monica Rodeo Drive Los Angeles photo blog.
Muhammad Ali alias Cassius Clay passed away June 3, 2016 in a hospital in Phoenix surrounded by family and friends. In my opinion along with millions of others he was not only the greatest fighter of all time but also one of the greatest athletes the world has ever seen. It’s not my intention or within my ability to add any words to describe this man I only knew through the media, is is my intention however, out of respect, to add this photo blog to my collection as my own memorial to this unique and wonderful individual.
Photo credit for the header to his post John Rooney Associated Press.
Hanging out with Stevie Wonder
What about the 60s hair styles on the ladies? Photo credit Redferns.
Always the clown
Ali clowning around in the back of a taxi with a very serious guy beside him. Photo credit James Drake Time & Life Pictures Getty Image.
Great shot with Sammy Davis Junior
This is one of my favourite shots. Photo credit Bettmann Corbis.
Training session in Miami 1966
This shot of Ali after a training session in Miami in 1966 is an amazing study. Photo credit Gordon Parks.
Sonny Liston 1965
To me this is the greatest photo of Muhammad Ali alias Cassius Clay I have ever seen. It holds a little more meaning for me because I actually remember exactly where I was the night it happened on May 25th 1965.
Photo credit John Rooney Associated Press.
I was the 6th engineer on the “La Maria” a 12,000 ton cargo ship, we were tied up at Duluth on the shores of Lake Superior which is nearly halfway across America in the state of Minnesota. I was working 12 hours on and 12 hours off, I had finished my watch at midnight so after a long sleep and a day looking around the shops I went to a dockside bar and listened to the fight between Cassius Clay & Sonny Liston. I still have my diary from those days so I can quote exactly what I said & thought after Liston was knocked out, “what a fix it was”.
Olympic gold in 1960
This photo is also special for me as the guy on the right of Cassius in Australian Tony Madigan who picked up the Bronze medal. Tony competed in boxing at the 1952, 1956 and 1960 Olympics and finished in fifth, fifth and third place, respectively. In 1960 Madigan lost his semifinal to the greatest of them all, Cassius Clay.
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Way back in the 60s & the 70s just the name Tim Bristow struck fear into the heart of all those who knew him, an enforcer with a reputation of being one of the most brutal street fighters in Australia. Put simply he was legend, a bouncer at the Newport Arms hotel, would be contenders for his crown would travel from all over Sydney to try their luck, many came and all of them were sent packing battered and bruised. There are countless stories making up the legend of Big Tim Bristow, one of the few times he actually lost a fight was against 3 times Olympian Tony Madigan who narrowly lost to Cassius Clay in the 1960 Rome Olympics, the story goes Tim wanted a rematch the following week and Madigan declined, my guess is that Madigan didn’t have to prove anything to anybody.
The fight of the century Jan 28, 1974
His ability to move away from his opponent, Joe Frazier, with such grace makes Frazier’s hay-maker look utterly crude. Ali appears to be untouchable. How ironic, then, that Frazier won the contest that was dubbed Fight of The Century.
World title fight in 1971
What a pest Ali was, here he is taunting Joe Frazier before their 1971 fight which he in fact lost to Frazier.
Madison Square Garden re-match January 28 1974.
Ali chatting with the press after winning the re-match against his arch rival Joe Frazier which set up their 3rd meeting “The Thrilla in Manila” on October 1st 1975.
What an incredible photo taken before Ali’s second fight with Jerry Quarry. Photo credit Neil Leifer/ Sports Illustrated/Getty Images.
The Rumble in the Jungle
Ali reclaimed the heavyweight title after his long suspension for refusing to be drafted into the US Army. If you have not seen it the following YouTube video of the Rumble in the Jungle.
When we were Kings.
The day Ali invented “rope a dope”.
Muhammad Ali alias Cassius Clay
Ali training with the speed bag. Photo credit Jess Tan/AP.
Leon Spinks takes a right to the jaw.
A tremendous action shot with Ali looking very fierce indeed. Photo credit Dirck Halstead/Getty Images.
Ali regained the WBA heavyweight title and avenged his split decision loss to Spinks from seven months prior. He also became the first man to win the World Heavyweight Championship three times.
Sugar Ray Leonard
Soon after Ali passed away Sugar Ray posted the following on Twitter, “That I truly admired, idolized and loved in Muhammad Ali. My true feelings have not totally surfaced yet because No One beats Muhammad Ali.” 2nd Tweet “I woke up this morning with a tear coming down my cheek, an ache in my chest along with an appreciation of a man, fighter and friend.”
The greatest sport photo ever.
In 2003 this was voted the greatest sport photo ever by the Observer. Even photographer Neil Leifer calls it his best shot, one he says on which he cannot improve. It was the 1966 heavyweight title fight between Cleveland Williams and Muhammad Ali, he placed a camera in the rafters of theHouston Astrodome in order to get a shot of the canvas when the victor knocked out his competition. It has been said that it is the only photo Neil Leifer took himself that is hanging in his house, also he regards this as his favorite photograph from a 40-year professional career.
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Times Square New York City is one of the world’s most iconic locations. When I last visited in February 2008 I stayed at the Hotel Edison only 100 meters from Broadway.
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The fabulous Broadway shows
In seven days I saw five Broadway shows. My favourite was A Bronx Tale by Charles Palminteri, closely followed by August Osage County.
A Bronx Tale
A small theatre with one man on stage talking about his life, it was fantastic.
Times Square New York City
At night Times Square comes alive.
The song said it all
They say the neon lights are bright on Broadway…….
M & M
Great colours and lots to see around Times Square.
Gallagher’s Steakhouse at 228 W 52nd St
Not quite Times Square but only a short walk away. Gallagher’s lived up to it’s reputation as being on of New York’s best steakhouses, in fact my Surf & Turf could have fed two people easily. I believe the restaurant was refurbished in 2014.
Times Square New York City
There are enough bars, restaurants and shows within a couple of blocks of Times Square to keep you occupied for weeks.
You gotta love New York
What a city, I often say to friends, if the cities of the world could be likened to a horse race, New York would win by 10 lengths over the next bunch of cities which would include Paris,London, Sydney,Bangkok,Tokyo, Rome, Rio De Janeiro & Cape Town, not necessarily in that order.
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A breastaurant is a restaurant that has sexual undertones, most commonly in the form of large-breasted, skimpily-dressed waitresses and barmaids and double-entendre brand name. The term dates from at least the early 1990s, around the time that the restaurant chain Hootersbecame popular in America It has since been copied by other restaurants offering similar services, such as Tilted Kilt Pub & Eatery (dubbed “Hooters goes to Scotland”), Twin Peaks, Bombshells, Bone Daddy’s, Ojos Locos, Bikinis Sports Bar & Grill,Show-Me’s, Brick House Tavern, Mugs & Jugs and Heart Attack Grill.
Based in Tempe, AZ, Tilted Kiltfirst opened in 2003 as a contemporary Celtic-themed sports pub. Its tagline: “A Cold Beer Never Looked So Good.” With 90 restaurants in the U.S. and Canada, the chain serves fish & chips and shepherd’s pie as well as burgers; it has 44 beers on tap. Servers wear mini-kilts made of an original tartan plaid and the Tilted Kilt is now recruiting male bartenders. In 2011 the chain had annual sales of $124 million, reflecting growth of 33 percent, according to Technomic.
With servers who show a “hint of sass” and a “girl-next-door image,” Twin Peaks sprang up in 2005 in Texas and now has 23 locations. The award-winning chain in 2011 was named Franchisee of the Year by the International Franchise Association and stresses its “hearty made-from-scratch comfort food.” It plans to open 25 franchised and corporate locations in 2014.
With 6 locations in Texas, this chain boldly claims that its food, including its juke joint-sliced brisket and its “smokin’ pulled pork,” is “the other reason you’re here.” Bone Daddy’s restaurants made an average of $5 million each in sales in 2011 and are company-owned, with no plans to franchise. Originally calling itself “the Hooters of barbecue,” it was recently named one of the 100 best barbecue restaurants in the U.S. Personally I love this shot, these beautiful girls look far more natural than the Hooters air brushed specials. 🙂
Who said breastaurants serve only red meat? Launched in 2002, Cowgirls Espresso, with 15 locations in the greater Seattle/Tacoma area, serves lattes, mochas, and its “famous 32-ounce Buckin’ Bronco” (4 espresso shots in 32 ounces of a cold beverage), which is “guaranteed to put the starch back in the ol’ blue jeans.” The restaurant dishes out pastries and treats, too, and, in summertime, iced Italian soda.
Located in Clearwater, Florida, Mugs ‘N Jugs says its claim to fame is its “huge award-winning wings” and its other great sports bar fare. It offers karaoke most nights, while sports occupy its flatscreen TVs; a game room offers another entertainment outlet. Here’s a surprise: Tuesday night is family night; kids under 12 eat free with the purchase of a $6.99 adult entree.
Last bit not least in our Seven sexy American restaurants segment. The Lone Star State is home to Bikinis Sports Bar & Grill, begun in 2006 and owned by Austin-based ATX Brands. “I’m very optimistic about the segment,” CEO Doug Guller told Nation’s Restaurant News last year. “There’s a lot of competition as the breastaurant industry has seen success over the last 5 to 10 years. It’s a somewhat recession-resilient industry. I don’t think food, booze, sports or sex are going to die anytime soon.” The chain trademarked the “breastaurant”term and a couple of years ago bought a ghost town not far from Austin, boldly renaming it “Bikinis, Texas.”
Golden Gate Fisherman’s Wharf are synonymous with San Francisco. TheGolden Gate Bridge is a suspension bridge spanning the Golden Gate strait, the mile-wide, three-mile-long channel between San Francisco Bay and the Pacific Ocean. The structure links the U.S. city of San Francisco, on the northern tip of the San Francisco Peninsula, to Marin County. It is one of the most internationally recognised symbols of San Francisco, California, and the United States. It has been declared one of the Wonders of the Modern World by the American Society of Civil Engineers.
Trans America Pyramid
The Transamerica Pyramid is the tallest skyscraper in the San Francisco skyline. The building no longer houses the headquarters of the Transamerica Corporation, who moved their U.S. headquarters to Baltimore, MD, but it is still associated with the company and is depicted in the company’s logo. Designed by architect William Pereira and built by Hathaway Dinwiddie Construction Company, at 260 m (850 ft), on completion in 1972 it was the eighth tallest building in the world.
San Francisco Ferry Building.
The San Francisco Ferry Building is a terminal for ferries that travel across the San Francisco Bay, a marketplace, and also has offices, located on The Embarcadero in San Francisco.
Situated in the heart of San Francisco’s historic Italian neighbourhood, the Norman Gothic Church of Saint Francis of Assisi was dedicated as a parish church on 17 March 1860. The twin towers and walls survived the 1906 Earthquake and Fire, but the interior was gutted. The parish built a new church within the surviving walls and rededicated it on 2 March 1919.
Aquarium of the Bay.
Aquarium of the Bay is a public aquarium located at Embarcadero and Beach Street, at the edge of Pier 39 in San Francisco, California. The Aquarium is focused on local aquatic animals from the San Francisco Bay and neighbouring waters.
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Alcatraz Island is located in the San Francisco Bay, 1.5 miles (2.4 km) offshore from San Francisco, California, United States. Often referred to as “The Rock”, the small island was developed with facilities for a lighthouse, a military fortification, a military prison (1868), and a federal prison from 1933 until 1963. Beginning in November 1969, the island was occupied for more than 19 months by a group of Aboriginal peoples from San Francisco who were part of a wave of Native activism across the nation with public protests through the 1970s. In 1972, Alcatraz became a national recreation area and received designation as a National Historic Landmark in 1986.
Pier 39 Sea Lions
A few California sea lions began “hauling out” on PIER 39′s K-Dock shortly after the Loma Prieta earthquake hit San Francisco in October 1989. By January 1990, the boisterous barking pinnipeds started to arrive in droves and completely took over K-Dock, much to the exasperation of PIER 39′s Marina tenants. The Marina Staff turned to The Marine Mammal Center, an organization devoted to the rescue and rehabilitation of marine mammals, for advice about their new slippery tenants. After much debate and research, the experts from The Marine Mammal Center recommended that the sea lions stay in their new found home.
With a plentiful supply of food from the Bay and an environment protected from predators, the PIER 39 Marina proved to be an ideal living situation for the sea lions. Within a few short months, the number of sea lions grew to more than 300 and hit an all-time record of 1,701 in November 2009.
While the number of sea lions at K-Dock rise and fall with the seasons, available food supply and natural migration patterns, the world famous sea lions always have a home at PIER 39.
Ferry Plaza Seafood
Ferry Plaza Seafood is one of the original tenants from the initial revitalization project of the San Francisco Ferry Building. People ask us all the time if we are a family owned restaurant, the answer is that we are not a family owned restaurant, but we all feel like family. Our story is pretty simple, our owner was a frequent guest of Swan’s Oyster Depot.
She was inspired by their menu and wanted to open a restaurant that served the kind of fresh seafood she always wanted to eat with a spectacular view. She found it really difficult to find affordable seafood that wasn’t blackened, fried, covered in bread crumbs or sauced up in some mysterious way. You will often see her at the restaurant and she is likely to sit down and have a cup of tea or a glass of wine with you. Probably she will ask you if you “watched the game on Sunday? Or if you liked your fish?”
He is doing a shucking good job.
The mussels were OK but I do prefer oysters.
Mussels, fresh bread & a cold beer.
Golden Gate Fisherman’s Wharf and fresh seafood, what more could you want?
David Herd at Fisherman’s wharf
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I remember driving from Las Vegas to San Francisco in 1982 through Death Valley then down the coast to L.A.
It was sad to see the number of homeless begging on street corners, in fact on many corners in the city there were four each taking up one corner of the intersection. This song could be about any of them. Take it away Otis.
Golden Gate Fisherman’s wharf
Thanks for visiting my Golden Gate Fisherman’s Wharf photo blog, now I am heading for Rio de Janeiro via Miami.
One of the many iconic hotels on South Beach Miami.
South Beach Miami
South Beach Miami is one of my favourite people watching locations in the world. The cars, the gorgeous women, the bikinis on the beach, its got it all, throw in lots of great bars & restaurants and what else do you need?
How many movies has this deli been in?
The Architectural District (also known as Old Miami Beach Historic District, and the more popular term, Miami Art Deco District) is a U.S. historic district (designated as such on May 14, 1979) located in the South Beach neighbourhood of Miami Beach, Florida. The district is bounded by the Atlantic Ocean to the east, Sixth Street to the south, Alton Road to the west, the Collins Canal and Dade Boulevard to the north. It contains 960 historic buildings. In 1989, it was listed in A Guide to Florida’s Historic Architecture, published by the University of Florida Press.
The famous life guard towers
The fabulous art deco towers are unique examples of this form of architecture, they along the eight and a half mile stretch of Beach. All told there are twenty five towers guarding those who use the beach. At once functional and decorative, they contribute beautifully to the overall aesthetic of this Floridian resort city. A great example of Art Deco South Beach Miami.
Quintessential South Beach Miami
Such well known landmarks that is quintessential South Beach Miami.
The local sheriff
He is exercising his 2nd amendment rights. 🙂
Beautiful white sand on South beach.
Certainly one of the world’s best beach scenes.
Lots of bars & cafes opposite the beach.
Lots of cafes and restaurants along the strip.
Finnegans Way 1344 Ocean Dr, was a good lay back Irish bar, as it was on the way to my hotel I could never walk past without calling in for a drink.
Drinking JD on South Beach Miami
Drinks with the manager of Finnegans Way on South Beach.
A good way to see the sights including some beautiful homes is to jump on a boat and cruise around the harbour.
Open the bridge, we are coming through.
A boat cruise is a great way to see the city and surrounds.
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Huge condo block.
Luxury hotels and condos are everywhere in Miami.
Condos on the beach.
Living on South Beach Miami can’t be all that bad. 🙂
Nice little runabout.
Beautiful classic timber runabout.
Nice big runabout.
No matter how big your boat is there is always somebody with a bigger one.
Very nice little shack.
Obviously there is lots of money in Miami.
Nice big shack
It seems like a small boat for such a huge home. 🙂
The Versace home
Gianni Versace was shot dead here on the steps of his home in 1997.
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NYC New York world’s best city, & I like to call the photo above “my boulevard of broken dreams”, it was a cold February night on the corner of 8th & W 48th st, I was about to have dinner in a terrific French Brasserie called Pigalle. As I said before New York is my favorite city, I like to say to friends, if the cities of the world could be likened to a horse race, New York would win by 10 lengths over the next bunch of cities which would include Paris,London, Sydney,Bangkok,Tokyo, Rome, Rio De Janeiro & Cape Town, not necessarily in that order.
Midtown New York.
Theater, food & fascinating people is what New York is to me, on my last trip I saw 5 Broadway shows in 7 days, my favorite two were August Osage County & A Bronx Tale by Charles Palminteri, which was a fabulous one man show. Ceila was also very good, a musical based on the life and songs of Cuban singer Celia Cruz. Mama Mia was a lot of fun for Abba fans like myself, and last but not least I saw Spamalot, which was a gem for us Monty Python tragics.
You can feel the energy
This city really grabs you. 🙂
Theey say the neon lights are bright on Broadway.
Gallagher’s Steakhouse at 228 W 52nd St
Certainly Gallagher’s lived up to it’s reputation as being on of New York’s best steakhouses, in fact my Surf & Turf could have fed two people easily. Another absolute favorite on mine is Todai, a Japanese buffet at 6 E. 32nd St. The choice of food was amazing, in fact the restaurant is so large you can enter from 32nd St and exit from 33rd St, one whole city block. It was the best value I found in New York for $29.95, priceless.
Gallagher’s will not be the same
I believe Gallagher’s is being renovated in September 2013 so it will obviously change somewhat. I’m sure however the food will still be excellent.
Aged beef at Gallagher’s
Naturally all their meat is aged and on display as you enter the restaurant.
David Herd on Wall St.
Without a doubt I was the quintessential wide-eyed traveller wandering around the streets of this great city, jumping on and off trains, busses & ferries and silently complaining that there were not enough hours in the day to do the city justice.
I’ll have a double decaf skinny latte to go please.
If I was the quintessential traveller then the guys above were the quintessential New Yorkers, everyone in the city seems to walk around wearing denim & black & gripping a take away coffee, Starbucks must make a fortune.
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I wonder if they allow dogs here?
The outfit and the dogs seem to go together. 🙂
New York Deli
A typical NYC deli, you can usually get a great sandwiche.
Cnr Bleecker and Macdougal Streets, now closed.
There are so many places you remember from various movies,
Snowing in Harlem in NYC New York world’s best city
You certainly can’t visit New York without seeing the Brooklyn bridge. The Bridge is is one of the oldest suspension bridges in the United States. Completed in 1883, it connects the boroughs of Manhattan and Brooklyn by spanning the East River.
Freezing in New York in February.
Of course I had just arrived from Brazil where temperatures were around 35 degrees.
Staten Island Ferry
The ferry operates 24/7 & runs 5.2 miles between Manhattan and Staten Island. In October 2002 a Staten Island ferry slammed into a pier as it was docking killing at least 10 people, tearing off some victims’ limbs and reducing the front of the huge vessel to a shattered mass of wood, glass and steel. At least 34 people were injured.
Cross dressing tour guide
Nothing surprises you in NYC, this is our cross dressing tour guide on the tour bus.
The open top buses are a great way to view New York, I took one that included Brooklyn and as you know, you can hop on & off any time you want.
The masts and rigging of the South Street Seaport Museum’s clipper ship, Peking, tower over Pier 16. No visitor to the Seaport could miss seeing this titan that stretches almost the full length of the pier. But it has been years since members of the public have been able to climb aboard. On Saturdays through Oct. 19 2013, the Peking is open to visitors from noon to 4 p.m. Peking was built in Hamburg, Germany 102 years ago to transport nitrate from the west coast of South America to Europe. Even at that time, sailing ships had mostly been replaced by steamships except for long trips with heavy cargo, where the cost of fuel would have been prohibitive.
The Edison hotel at 228 W 47th St, New York, NY 10036, is fairly old, built in 1931 in fact, however the location is perfect. In the heart of the theatre district just off Times Square. I spent some pleasant evenings listening to the jazz band. OK, there are 101 great photos in this slideshow to show you why New York is my favorite city, you only have to ask yourself one question, “do you have the time punk”? 😆
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Times Square 1908 New York world’s best city
What an amazing photo in New York world’s best city.
Circle Line Sightseeing Cruises
Certainly one of the best ways to see this wonderful city.
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