It was a true LA day on the freeways -- 2 1/2 hours from Santa Barbara to Redondo Beach, an hour from Redondo Beach to the LA Farmers Market, about 50 minutes from the Farmers Market to Pasadena, another 50 minutes from there back to Redondo Beach, for a total of nearly six hours on the road -- and that was in excellent weather, and good traffic most of the way. For people used to a ten-minute commute to work, and twenty minutes to get from one end of town to the other, it seemed like a lot.
We found our hotel, a small, 1950s-style with units around a courtyard on Highway 1 in Redondo Beach, and rested briefly before setting out for the LA Farmers' Market.
People enjoying themselves -- it was mid-afternoon, and quieter than usual.
We ate dinner at Briganti in Pasadena -- excellent food. It's worth noting that it is right across from a police and fire station, and the trucks and police cars went out on at least half a dozen calls. The sirens and alarms provided a very urban background for the Italian dishes.