Los Angeles, Hollywood, Bel Air and Beverly Hills

Trip Start Jun 20, 2010
Trip End Dec 23, 2010

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Tuesday, August 3, 2010

We arrived in LA after an 8 hour bus journey from Vegas (where we appeared to be the only non-Mexican's to choose that mode of transport). Downtown LA is not pretty but we made it safely to our hotel on public transport – although we did see someone with a flick knife!

We very quickly established that LA is massive and there was no taking it on foot like we had done elsewhere, this left us with the tourist route. We walked up the walk of fame and purchased 'hop-on hop off’ bus tickets and in true movie style turned into tourists like Clark Kent when he turns into Superman. We ventured into the Hollywood Hills, Bel Air (no fresh prince though), saw the Hollywood sign and lots of famous people’s houses but sadly no one famous (although Tom Cruise was home). Can you believe it – his house is worth US$ 35 Million!!!!  Our second bus took us through some more neighbourhoods with lots of shops and restaurants, Rodeo Drive (including a million dollar Buggati), past the farmers market and Paramount Studios.

The next day we decided to head to the beach to try and spot the body builders on muscle beach and Pamela Anderson lookalike life guards – sadly we saw neither but Ivor tried his hand at acrobatics on muscle beach – which wasn’t too bad.

Seeing as LA is supposed to be the entertainment capital we went to see a comedy show. Maybe it was our lack of understanding of American humour but we didn’t laugh at all and had to make a sneaky get away in between acts so that we didn’t get used as topics of humour. You know that it is bad when the only guy laughing is the man on stage (pity there were no rotten cabbages or tomatoes to hand).

In-keeping with being tourists we decided to head to Universal Studios for some roller coaster thrills and to see the universal back lot. Ivor pulled the honeymoon card and managed to sweet talk the women at guest relations and before we knew it we had a priority pass so that we could jump to the front of the queue on most of the rides. We managed to get soaked on the water ride, not scream too much on the mummy ride (an in the dark roller coaster) but Kate still jumped during the 3D productions as things flew at her from the screen. We also went to see a movie SALT with Angelina Jolie – don’t rush to see it on the big screen you can probably wait for it to come out on DVD!

We didn’t feel too sad to be leaving LA maybe that is because the beaches in Hawaii are calling us...  
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Chris Page on

Wow you would never have been allowed that beard in TA. Looks like your having fun. Drop me an email at cdp2012@gmail.com when you have a few mins. Chris


joe on

do not forget to do the 14 mile hike in northern Kuaui!

Gill Swart on

OMG when you see that beard fonz i'm surprised the lady at reception even tried to take you seriously!

Sounds like you're have a great time guys. Keep the updates coming!!

Ali on

I LOVE LOVE LOVE the cheesy goodness of Universal Studios.

Neil on

You're disappointed that you didn't see the musclemen at the beach?! I thought you got enough at Erica's cottage. ;)

Bruce on

The best tattoo ARTIST in the world Cat Von D LA ink is in LA
You should have got a portait of each other ???

Janine on

Updates please??

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