A Day in Tinseltown
Trip Start Jul 26, 2012
53Trip End Sep 13, 2012
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We then got dropped off at the Walk of Fame - 2,500 names so a bit tricky to see all of them but we saw our fair share. I'm guessing that this is the town where tacky souvenirs were invented and we did resist the temptation to buy 3 oscars with the "Worlds Greatest Dogsitter" for Marco & Pina, Ian and Kelly and Peter & Jenny - in retrospect, we should have got them as these are all people who would have proudly displayed them on a mantle-piece somewhere.
Also saw the famous Chinese Theater and the hand and footprints of the famous. Our lunchtime experience was the Californian version of McDonalds as recommended by our Ethiopian friend who sold it as a true dining experience - the In 'n Out Burger - and true, better than McDonalds but unlikely to excite the food critics. We also stopped into the Roosevelt Hotel on Hollywood Boulevard and walked around the lobby - I've read about this place sometime ago and seem to recall it was restored to it former glory. Pretty amazing inside and worth taking a look if you want to take a break from tacky for a few minutes.
Old Saleh picked us and shared some taxi stories with us - like the time he was called to pick up a guy who when he rolled down the window pointed a gun at him - he was in reverse when he put the window down so just "shot" (if you'll excuse the pun) backwards and managed to get away
Back to Santa Monica and dined in the Border Grill - a Mexican restaurant run by a couple of celebrity chefs and on one of the food critics 99 places to eat in LA before you die. It was almost a prophecy come true for Jack who had a couple of unscheduled trips to the loo after but all round was a nice meal.