Hollywood baby!

Trip Start Nov 30, 2009
Trip End Jul 05, 2010

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Motel 6

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Thursday, December 3, 2009

Thursday 03 Dec 2009 - Day 4

Why did we think it was a 1hr 30min flight? Must brush up on our geography. 2hr delay meant 8 1/2 hours. Phew. Tired when we arrived. Next day...

Friday 04 Dec 2009 - Day 5

Andy's birthday. Thanks for my cards and gifts. We woke up in Hollywood. Amazing, 5 min after leaving the hotel we're walking along Hollywood Boulevard,  the walk of fame. Took a trip of the stars homes (not inside). Beverly Hills, Rodeo Drive. Amazing! The nice parts are clean, people are polite.

Saw some houses recognisable from films (Amityville, the fire escape ladder from Pretty Woman).
Eating lunch with the Hollywood sign in the background. Seen Viper Club (Johnny Depps old club where River Pheonix died), so much more.

Saturday 05 Dec 2009 - Day 6

Universal Studios. What an amazing place. One day not quite enough time to fit it all in. Weather cold today. Everyone's blaming us for bringing it from London. Can't really describe the rides and shows for now. Check out the pictures and we'll tell you all about it when we speak. We're back in the hotel room now, gotta do some washing and eat. cold and gloomy weather.

Sunday 06 Dec 2009 - Day 7

Yay. Hired a car - freedom!! (Chilly and cloudy) Just cruised around today. Visited the Grey Mansion in Hollywood Hills, you know - the huge house used in 'The Bodyguard'. What an amazing place. Not too much to say as we're wanting to go out soon. We just drove around - Franki hoping to glimpse some stars....

Monday 07 Dec 2009 - Day 8

It's raining! Still, we've got our car. The plan -
Coffee at 10:00 (1/4 to at the mo.). Robert Downey Jr is doing his hand and footprint ceremony - the red carpet and cameras await. We're gonna go see that, then drive down to San Diego, Santa Monica Boulevard, Venice Beach and along the Coast. See ya...

Day 8 - 7.00pm Francesca here. Rained all day today! got absolutely drenched in the rain waiting to see Robert Downey Junior- however, couldnt wait any longer as car on meter... boo hoo. Drove down to coast in search of the collagened filled beaches we have heard so much about. First one we went to 'Venice Beach' filled with homeless tramps... hmmm... not a good start. After 3 1/2 hours driving we thought we should give up... until we found Manhattan beach. It was absolutely stunning, even in the rain, completley deserted... it really was beautiful. Well worth the wait. Then, off 'home', sandwich and crisps for dinner...mmmm. Bye bye. p.s. Note to Johnathon... Do you get early boarding as an OAP coming back from Spain?

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popsicle on

glad you enjoyed your big day. hope the weather improved and the next journey is less exhausting. all the best from home alone.

Stef and Charlotte-Elizabeth on

Oh, thank God! It's good that you're saying everything nice about the place and that you are enjoying all the things I did when I was there. I understand only too well what you mean about Universal and the Hollywood homes, a trip to them sounds naff but it's just not is it? Spoke to Paul this morning: he's really glad you're OK and having a good time. I'll get all these pics to him. We are so, so happy that you are enjoying all this and that you now have some time to yourselves and each other. Thank you for taking all the time out to keep us up to date (like a proper family!) Lots of love xxxx

andyandfranki on

Hi all. Just a quick note:

Don't panic if we don't update this for a while. It means we're either too busy enjoying ourselves or don't have an internet connection.

A & F

popsicle on

Not early boarding. Water boarding if I jump the queue.

Stef on

You two are doing it all wrong! Whoever said to take the rain from London? Don't you know "It never rains in California"?? Franki, if you are looking for stars.... Rodeo Drive or... take a slow drive up into Bel Air... particularly Carolwood Drive (Rod Stewart lives there and is often just walking about). Now you have the car, drive along Highway 1, next to the beach into Malibu and take a look at the houses, walk on the pier... check out the waves... Loving your updates. We see and hear from you far more now than we ever did!! xxxx

popsicle on


Charlotte-Elizabeth on

Sad to hear it's raining :(
I'm sure it will brighten up anytime soon :)
Hope you enjoy yourselves though... It won't be as bad as the wind and rain back here :(

Lots and lots of love x

Andy on

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andyandfranki on

Hi Stef
We had visited those places you mentioned. Bel Air, Rodeo Drive etc. Was awsome.

Stef on

The fountains are magnificent! It's a bit like London!!! Really pleased you're enjoying it all. I'm loving this TravelPod log: it's so easy and so immediate! I'd forgotten about the Nevada Desert.... what a great idea to travel by coach.

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