California here I come...
Trip Start Feb 24, 2003
13Trip End Aug 23, 2003
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I spent the first day walking along Hollywood Boulevard (a 2 second walk from the hotel) and taking a tour of the movie stars homes trying to catch a glimpse of someone famous, but it was not to be. I stood outside Brad Pitt's and Angelina Jolie's places alot longer than the rest, on the off chance they'd appear and realise their lives weren't complete without me, but eventually got scared away by the security patrols. Also saw Arnie "the Governator" Schwarznegger's place but I think he was out back bench pressing ballot boxes.
I ended up at Johnny Depp's Viper Room that night and finally, finally not only saw someone famous but managed to shake his hand AND meet his mum. It was my very favourite Keanu Reeves, but unfortunately "Trinity" was nowhere to be found... When I first walked into the bar I overheard a couple of Australian guys talking and being on my own asked if I could join them. They were great to hang out with and when I had a few too many tequilas (yes, it's true, even I have my limits!) they were the perfect gentlemen and put me into a cab - who said chivalry was dead?
My self guided walking tour of downtown LA the next day was a bit of an eye opener
My last day was spent walking the Santa Monica pier and cruising along the Venice Beach boardwalk. I was disappointed to find only a couple of scrawny wimps at Muscle Beach though. Later I went to the Getty Museum which rates up there with my favourite galleries - the Uffizi in Florence and the Prado in Madrid.
Some last minute shopping saw me through the last couple of hours, and helped to keep me from getting too emotional... I was so excited yet nervous too about going home. This trip was to help me gain some perspective on areas of my life that I'd lost sight of, and I think it's been found. I guess only time will tell.
So here I am, back in Sydney - my beautiful children Cooper and Montana in my arms again and of course my best friends by my side.
As Dorothy would say... there's no place like home.