Trip Start Mar 12, 2010
19Trip End Jun 04, 2010
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The jet lag kicked in pretty quickly but we managed to have a walk down Hollywood Blvd and the ‘Walk of Fame’ and get some food at Hooters. We were both asleep by 8pm so not much happened that evening!!
No trip to LA would be complete without a trip to Universal Studios
The next morning we planned to head to Santa Monica, as we had heard it was a nice place, although on the day this was ruined by the crappy weather - it was cold and raining! We still had a walk along the promenade and the pier where we saw a pod of dolphins and a cute little seal that was being lazy and begging for food from the fishermen! After this we went on the 'LA City and Movie Star Homes Tour' which ended in Hollywood. The guide showed us some movie star homes and stopped at some famous roads like Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills. We also went on a guided tour of the Kodak Theatre on Hollywood Boulevard. This is where ‘The Oscars’ are held every year so it was really good to see inside the theatre and the side rooms. Overall, we didn’t really think the tour was worth the money and the tour guide started to annoy us both after a while! It seems everybody here wants a tip for doing nothing more than their job and they don’t expect the normal 10%, they expect 15-20%
The following day we were both quite tired so we had a lay in and relaxed until our tour of Warner Bros Studios in the afternoon. The tour of these studios was really good - we got to sit in ‘Central Perk’ café from ‘Friends!!’ We had a quick rest at the hotel before going to the Dodgers Stadium for the start of the baseball match we had tickets for. The Dodgers were playing San Diego Padres and the Padres ended up pasting the dodgers 10-5! We sat in the ‘all you can eat’ stand so we could help ourselves to hotdogs, nachos, popcorn, nuts and drinks - the hotdogs were tasty. I was in my element!! The game was cool, it was not as hectic as most other sports but when the guys hit the homeruns it was exciting! The atmosphere at the baseball game was completely different to the Aussie Rules game we went to but it was still good. The baseball seemed to have more ‘hooligan’ type fans, or at least our stand did!!
Our last day in LA was a long one, we were up at 5am to go to SeaWorld in San Diego - about a 2/3 hour bus ride away! Kate had booked a Dolphin Interaction to do while she was there which she was looking forward to. She got into the pool with a female dolphin called Tobi and got to cuddle and kiss her
We both had mixed feelings about Los Angeles. Some parts seemed really nice, like Beverley Hills and surrounding areas, but you have to have a lot of money to stay or live there. We didn't think the other areas were very nice - it seems like the majority of the people who live there and the places themselves are run down and in poverty. We expected Hollywood to be all 'glitz and glam' but it was far from it! There were lots of tramps and weirdoes all over LA which made us feel quite uncomfortable at times. We both said we would not want to go back to LA and were quite pleased to be leaving for San Francisco. Having said that, the main tourist attractions we visited were really good and so we are glad we visited as we got to see them!