Palm Springs

Palm Springs

Walled country clubs and over 100 golf courses have replaced the “Rat Pack”, but Palm Springs still has charm. Everywhere is manicured, even the palm trees, and the boutiques, galleries and restaurants delight the tourists.

But we didn’t experience it at its Spring best – in June it’s simply too hot, although water misting systems cool you as you walk around, looking a bit like a scene in Macbeth. But they don’t keep out the polluted air from LA that gets channelled down the Coachella Valley.

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We stayed at Caliente Tropics a 1960 motel with a Polynesian theme
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Elvis Presley’s house in Palm Springs. When he died, this and Graceland were the only two houses he owned. It looked badly run-down and unoccupied
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A revolving tramway (cable car) took us up San Jacinto Peak, for a spectacular view of the valley, and to escape the oppressive heat
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