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Trip Start May 31, 2009
Trip End Jul 01, 2009

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Sunday, June 28, 2009

Well the trip down from Santa Monica to Hollywood was trouble free, and we soon found (interesting) accommodation at the Value Inn on the corner of Sunset Boulevard and North Kingsley Drive in Hollywood. Once that was sorted we headed out to see the famous streets.

The weather was stunning once again. Blue sky and temperatures in the early 80s - just yummy. We made it into Hollywood central and the walk of fame area, and it was crawling with people. In fact the place made Malc's skin crawl. He was really uncomfortable. We both agreed the area itself was sleezy, but I was happy enough walking around and just seeing the sights. He stuck it out for a few hours. Part of the problem with the main area was with Michael Jackson's death. The part of the street where his "star" and "hands/feet" stuff was blocked off and just chocka with people, so this was forcing the normal crowds over to the other side of the street. We couldn't get near Michael's famous place, and didn't try. We took a few pics of the area, and can now say we have been there, but wouldn't be rushing back in this lifetime.

From there we drove around Burbank and found Rodeo Drive, and drove up that as well - just to see how the other half live. Malc commented that we went from one extreme to another - that both areas were "places to be seen in" and we didn't fit in to either place. This was a pretty good summation.

We went back to our motel and walked to the local "Panda Express", which was getting quite a bit of business from us in this part of our trip. We were enjoying sharing Chinese takeaways - particularly Orange Chicken (by Malc) and Kung Pow chicken (by me).

I had a swim at our motel - yes, although it was a bit on the lower side, it did have a pool that you could do about six strokes in, and then I sat on the lounges and read for half an hour - a nice way to unwind. Despite it being later in the day, the temperature was still just lovely.

Another interesting fact was that across the road from our motel was a 95c store. Malc paid it a visit and was astounded at what it contained. It was groceries of every kind. He bought us another pound of strawberries for 95c. Have I mentioned the strawberries before?!? They are wonderful. We will look like a strawberry by the time we get home.
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