The controversial engineer William Mulholland designed the Los Angeles Aqueduct, brought water south from the Owens Valley and turned a desert into a garden.
His legacy gave us the plot of the movie “Chinatown,” a beautiful fountain in Los Feliz and a highway that runs across the ridge separating the L.A. basin from the San Fernando Valley.
We took advantage of a sunny spring day and explored that highway in an apple-green Bentley Continental GT Speed convertible.
It’s a glamorous car, and it deserves a glamorous setting. So we began the drive at the 101 Coffee Shop, the Franklin Avenue cafe made famous by the movie “Swingers” and frequented by a who’s-who...