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Rainy Days and Songdays – the real Hotel California

You can check out any time you like but you can never leave

If only! Whether it is the steel pan band at Sunday Service on Tobago or the soft rock house band on the Maldives.

It’s how we would want every holiday to end… not ending that is.

The epic Hotel California by the Eagles with its riff which was voted the greatest of all time by Guitarist magazine has spawned an industry in itself.

Around what the lyrics actually mean, where the hotel is that inspires the song, and the hotel that was used for the cover.

The band credit the legendary Beverly Hills Hotel, the hang-out for party people, as being the vibe for the song.

Celeb hangout

Visit nearby West Hollywood where the celebs go these days and you’ll be on Beverly Hills‘ doorstep.

Rainbow crossing at West Hollywood

Turn left out of your WH billet, the Kimpton La Peer Hotel, and you’ll be going in the general direction.

You’ll know you”re in Beverly Hills when you pass the arty sign.

The Beverly Hills Hotel, which predated the town’s existence, was the place to be under vice-president of Bank of America Hernando Courtright.

Galaxy of stars

And Fred Astaire, Cesar Romero, Carole Lombard, the Rat Pack, Humphrey Bogart and Marlene Dietrich were all regular visitors.

Santa Monica

Amazon Marlene even got the Polo Lounge to change its policy on women having to wear a skirt.

I picture Marlene wearing a trouser suit and dominating the room in her husky cigarette drawl.

A day in the life

I’m taken here by CNN’s description of life in the hotel…

Back in the days when celebrity was worn with the elegance and grace of diamonds and mink the Beverly Hills was where the stars played. Humphrey Bogart and the Rat Pack tippled at the bar, Katharine Hepburn did a back flip into the tennis pool in her tennis clothes and Elizabeth Taylor honeymooned in the bungalows out back – six times.

I belong here!

The biggest star of them all

And perhaps the greatest star of them all, Marilyn Monroe, left her mark, staying at the hotel during the shooting of Let’s Make Love.

Marilyn’s back yard

Her favourite bungalow being No.7.

You’ll be surprised though where and who Marilyn is spending eternity with!

Listen here to The Eagles’ definitive version of Hotel California.

And get out your guitar and practise the riff.

And live like a star

Your Ultimate Staycation Offer at the Beverly Hills Hotel will give you a Superior King Room from €575, or the Stanhope Suite from €860.

When they’re back and open.

I might have to bring my own tennis clothes though!

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Meet you on the radio

I’ll tell you what The Donald is thinking

If you haven’t heard me yet… then I’m talking too quietly.

I’ll be on the radio this morning on Dublin South FM, broadcasting on 93.9FM from 2pm-3pm with the awesome Aileen Eglington.

I’ll be California Dreamin’ about my recent trip to Hollywood, West Hollywood and Anaheim and also all things Istanbul (they have a new mayor there, don’t you know and did you see all those people out celebrating in the streets). And then let’s finish it all with a prayer… the Lourdes Prayer.

And relive some of that with My Weekend With Marilyn, part one of my LA Story, the second part of which is in this Saturday’s Irish Daily Mail, while The Lourdes Prayer is also coming soon. My Weekend with Marilyn https://jimmurtytraveltraveltravel.com/2019/06/22/my-weekend-with-marilyn/. Wham Bam Thank You Hamam is https://jimmurtytraveltraveltravel.com/wham-bam,-thank-you-hamam/(opens in a new tab)

Listen in to find out what three songs I choose too. And visit http://www.dublinsouthfm.ie to find out how you can hear it back. I can’t think what else you might be doing around 2pm-3pm though.

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Uncle Sam-a-Man

Donald, I’m on my way! Tell the gang.

I’m off to Disneyland in Anaheim to meet my old pals who I last saw in Walt Disney World a couple of years ago. Donald still keeps in touch, sending me a thank-you card after I got back from Orlando.

First up though is Hollywood,

I’ll be road testing the new Star Wars theme park attraction at Disney as well as all that Universal Studios has to offer. And I’ll be finding out all the news from all Fifty states at the American travel fair IPW. Visit http://www.disneyland.disney.com, http://www.universalstudioshollywood.com, http://www.ipw.com, http://www.visitcalifornia.com, http://www.visitwesthollywood.com, http://www.discoverlosangeles.com, www,visitanaheim.org.

And of course our national airline carrier Aer Lingus http://www.aerlingus.com. Now will my Donald Duck costume fit in the overhead cabin?

I’ll be back though before you know it, so I’ll leave you in the capable hands of my Minnie-me, the one, the only, the indomitable Mrs M.

And here’s a wee reminder of what happened the last time I met The Donald. Visit https://jimmurtytraveltraveltravel.com/disney-why-i-love-the-donald/(opens in a new tab).

MEET YOU ON THE ROAD… AND THE ROLLERCOASTERS