The Five Star Vagabond

Super travel tips, all road tested by David Herd. I'm an Australian guy who moved to Thailand in 2011 & still travel the world as often as possible.

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Santa-Monica-Rodeo-Drive-Los Angeles

Santa Monica Rodeo Drive Los Angeles

A personal photo collection, not a travel blog.

Santa Monica Pier

Santa Monica Rodeo Drive Los Angeles

Santa Monica Rodeo Drive Los Angeles

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

Santa Monica Rodeo Drive Los Angeles

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.

Venice Beach

Santa Monica Rodeo Drive Los Angeles

Sadly this mural is not there anymore however the photo remains a favourite of mine.

Denise dressed to blend in with the wall. 🙂

Santa Monica Rodeo Drive Los Angeles

She is one of those ladies who always looks terrific,

Lunch at Fisherman’s wharf Marina Del Ray

Santa Monica Rodeo Drive Los Angeles

We had the restaurant to ourselves. 🙂

At least it will wash of in a week or so.

Santa Monica Rodeo Drive Los Angeles

The only tattoos I like are the ones that wash off. 🙂

 Rodeo Drive

Santa Monica Rodeo Drive Los Angeles

I can’t remember where I parked my car.

Oh! here is is. 🙂

Santa Monica Rodeo Drive Los Angeles

Yellow matches my Mercedes Sports at home. 🙂

Wiltshire Boulevard

Santa Monica Rodeo Drive Los Angeles

Classy neighbourhood & classy lady. 🙂

 Back to Santa Monica

Santa Monica Rodeo Drive Los Angeles

Outside the New York Deli which was one of my favourite places to eat, sadly I believe it closed in 2010.

Santa Monica Rodeo Drive Los Angeles featuring the Central Garden at the Getty Center

Santa Monica Rodeo Drive Los Angeles

There were more than 500 varieties of plants used in the landscaping of the Central Garden.

Patrezia from Salerno

Santa Monica Rodeo Drive Los Angeles

We hooked up with this crazy Italian lady from Salerno, she was a lot ot fun. 🙂

Denise & Petrezia

Santa Monica Rodeo Drive Los Angeles

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.

Santa Monica Rodeo Drive Los Angeles

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.


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Author: David Herd

My history, particularly over the last 30 years is dominated by overseas travel. I sold my home in Australia October 20th 2011 and have have been living in Thailand since then. I don’t know where the time has gone? It seems like you go to sleep one night, wake up the next morning, and 20 years have flashed by. Not sure how many years I have left, however I have enjoyed a wonderful charmed life, and if it all ended today I would leave this world with no regrets. I was born in Sydney halfway through the last century, started my travels in the 60s with the usual U.K. Europe adventure at the age of 20, back to Australia and worked in Sydney, Melbourne & Adelaide in Sales & Marketing with multinational companies including Sanyo, Canon & Remington. Engaged to be married 3 times and never quite made it to the alter, finally realized by the mid 90s I was not cut out for "long term relationships" so I moved to the Gold Coast in Queensland in January 1987, worked for a couple of banks as a Financial Planner, I took a year off work in 1998 to travel and never went back to full time work again, after 25 fun filled years on the Coast I packed up and moved to Thailand. What is the purpose of this blog? Well I really want to use it to record my travel experiences & to display my photographs, give and receive travel tips, comment on places I visit, restaurants I eat in and use it to replace the autobiography I intended to write, apart from all that it helps me fill in my day. :) I moved to Thailand mainly because I wanted to keep travelling while my health allowed me to, there are huge advantages being closer to all the places I want to visit. Cost of living in Thailand is around 35% of the cost in Australia, plus flights are 50% cheaper because you are much closer to everywhere. ???? Consequently I am able to travel to many more places compared to living in Australia. Having said all that, it is & has always been my intention to return to Australia when my travelling is finished, I predict this will happen around 2021.

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