Our journey to LA

Trip Start Dec 09, 2006
Trip End Mar 20, 2007

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Thursday, December 14, 2006

We set off on our journey to LA. Just our luck - its peeing it down so our planned stop to Santa Cruz was aborted. So much for hiring a convertible! Our first stopover on the way to LA was in Monteray. We booked into a motel on arrival - the tourist offices are great for last minute bookings and a little discount. Monteray is lovely. Long sandy beaches and a fishing harbour which is a great place to eat. We had dinner there in a restaurant called Old
Fishermans Grotto. The fish is delicious. Tahira washed her dinner down with a cocktail - non-alcoholic of course! Body clock is still all over the place so we're struggling to make it past 10pm. We booked to go whale watching the next morning. The pacific coast is a thorough fair for migrating whales and as a bonus we saw otters and more sea lions (arf arf!) off the pontoons before we set out. The whales must've been bashful that day cos we didn't see any :o( but we did about 500 migrating dolphins and a few porpoises. Only had the one night in Monteray. Its definately a lovely place to stop over if anyone ever does this journey. We hit the road again and, woo-hoo, we get to put the roof down cos the sun's shining! There's a drive you can take known as the 17 mile drive (you have to go on a toll road for it) its quite popular and we saw lots of luxurious properties, dramatic coastlines and numerous golf courses. We saw some beautiful views of the Pacific. We had a quick stop over at Pebble Beach golf club cos Ian was drooling over it! The second most famous golf course in
America! which is open to the public. Ian set off to see the 1st and 18th tee and I went to the toilet! Carried on with our drive down Route 1 down the coast through an area called the Big Sur. Again it had beautiful views as it overlooks the Pacific. Our photos don't really do it justice. We stopped
over that night in a town called St Luis Obispo on the outskirts of Napa Valley. Lovely town. Didn't do much that night again. Ian got his 16oz steak which he's been craving since we arrived in America! The sun was shining again the next day! So, top down again and on with our journey to LA. We stopped off in Santa Barbara for lunch. Have to confess - it was McDonalds - our first one! We stopped for gas later on and then realised Ian didn't have his wallet. He must've dropped
it in Santa Barbara somewhere. Bummer. Luckily there was only about $20 in it. But his cards were in there - suppose they could be cancelled. Looks like i'll be doing the spending from now on! We carried on to LA and had two nights in Hollywood at the Celebrity Hotel which we thought was perfectly located. Behind the Chinese Theatre and just avoiding the seedy part of Hollywood Blvd. Tahira did wonder whether we'd see any famous
people but with so many people here the chances are pretty slim. On our way to the hotel we passed the Chinese Theatre and there was a file premier taking place. Tahira wouldn't even let us check into the hotel and insisted we go there first to join the crowd. It was only for a film starring Matthew McConaughey and Matthew Fox!
About about half hour wait they turned up and as they al do now, came over to the crowd for photo's and autographs. Ian was the cameraman while I just drooled over MM. It was a great bonus for our night in Hollywood! And for those who are interested, we saw Sawyer
too from across the street (can't remember his real name!) Some good news the next morning as we were still half asleep. Angela sent us a text (thanks Angela!) to let us know that a Mr Popular (seriously!) found Ian's wallet and got his company name off one of the cards, went on the website and got his office number to let him know. Ian contacted
Mr Popular and he said he'd happily send his wallet to Las Vegas (our next stop). We were very much taken aback with his honesty. We spent that day at Universal Studios theme park. The studio tour is really good but aside from that thought the park was mainly
aimed at kids. None of the rides are thrilling - The Mummy was the best - but it was still good fun. We stayed around Hollywood Blvd that night to see the Walk of Fame (which we were already walking on and didn't realise!) and the hands and feet print outside the
Chinese Theatre. Hollywood Blvd is great cos it all comes alive at night with the lights, street performers, people in weird costumes doing weird things. Its so odd but great! Next morning we went to see the famous Hollywood sign. Our second attempt cos it was cloudy yesterday we couldn't see it! Our flight to Vegas was about 3.30pm so had time to explore more of LA. Well, actually , we drove around trying to nose into famous peoples houses! We found Johnny Depp, Halle Berry, Simon Cowell, Paris Hilton, Madonna and Tom and Katie Cruise! Couldn't see anything though cos the bushes and fences were so high! We took a drive into Bel Air (the nice part of LA) and trip to Rodeo Drive. No shopping though :o( Didn't see much more of downtown LA. Nothing else really stood out for us to go and visit. Did enjoy Hollywood. Our flight to Vegas was only about 45mins long. Really looking forward to seeing Vegas!
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