Welcome to Hollywood...
Trip Start Nov 03, 2009
8Trip End Feb 06, 2010
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So it all started in Los Angeles. What a great way to kick-start our trip…
Jeremy managed to sweet talk the car rental guy into giving us an upgrade – a blue convertible – the essential accessory in la la land! We loved just cruising through the streets and it really is the easiest way to get around – they're not so into their public transport, or walking for that matter…
Stars and stripes
We headed to the Hollywood hills to admire the views from the Griffith Observatory and get the perfect snap of the infamous white letters
On Hollywood Boulevard we did all the touristy things – walked along the walk of fame and visited Grauman’s Chinese Theatre and the Kodak theatre (not forgetting getting a photo with Snoop Dog and Barrack Obama outside Madame Tussuards!)
We also stopped off at the Westwood Memorial Park, where roses are placed on Marilyn Monroe’s headstone
We went to an LA Lakers game at the Staple’s Centre in Downtown LA (hotdog in hand and cheerleaders cheering) – we were lucky to see the game as we nearly got arrested crossing the road opposite the stadium – j walking is a big deal in LA! The Lakers beat the Memphis Grizzlies 111-98, which meant the whole crowd got free tacos!
We spent a day at Universal Studios which was fantastic – we loved the studio tour, seeing sets from past to present from Jaws to Desperate Housewives (they were filming that day) - even if a little cheesy and predictable!
We enjoyed the rides – although a word of wisdom for anyone going on the Jurassic Park water ride – do not sit at the front like we did! We may as well have jumped in a swimming pool we were so wet
There are also some great shows to see such as Shrek 4D and Waterworld
We didn’t set out to see anyone famous or go on one of the star tours although we did spot a few people worth a mention:
Piers Brosnan – riding his bike along Malibu beach
Micky Rourke – on Rodeo Drive in Beverley Hills shopping with his entourage (face like a slapped fish)
Amanda Holden – also in Beverley Hills trying to attract as much attention as possible with two women scurrying after her with bags
We also had a nose around Bel Air and the Malibu beach houses to see where the other half live!
We managed to see some great beaches in LA – Venice, Santa Monica, Manhattan and Hermosa, and Malibu
They’re all huge and full of people cycling, roller blading, running, skate-boarding etc (all with a coffee in hand)
The iconic lifeguard huts really make you feel like you’re in the middle of a Baywatch set (yes we ran down the ramp pretending to be Mitch and CJ)
As well as about a million MacDonald’s and Starbucks’, there are some great eateries in LA – and we definitely indulged. Our culinary highlights included:
Blueberry pancakes on Venice beach for breakfast (with a street pianist performing opposite)
An anniversary dinner at Il Picollinos in Beverley Hills – lobster, valet parking and very beautiful people
Build your own burger at 'Counter’ in Santa Monica – not content with the standard sizes we both upgraded – Jez going for a 1lb mega burger (shocking the waitress who "loved our accents" when he cleaned up)
Tuna at Neptune’s Net – a popular seafood shack along the Ocean Pacific Highway
Amazing steaks at the Galley restaurant in Santa Monica
Huge omlettes at Uncle Bill’s Pancake House on Manhattan beach
Next stop, the Cook Islands – will update soon…