Day 25 - Tour of Los Angeles

Trip Start May 11, 2010
Trip End Jul 23, 2010

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Friday, June 4, 2010

Day 25

Touring Los Angeles

So today we are ready to visit LA after a good rest and gazing at the wonderful view from our room. Had to unplug the fridge, sounded like an Airbus engine in the room, but otherwise good. Breakfast was manic though with people everywhere trying to get their bits of toast and waffles. We might skip tomorrow. After breakfast we skyped with Meg and Vic together and only mentioned poo once!

We set out for a walk to the Big Red Bus sightseeing point, it was only a mile or so after all and through nice streets in Beverley Hills. Each road is planted with the same type tree both sides and each street is different. That's quite cool. Also the fire hydrants are silver not yellow so they blend better, not sure that makes much difference though. Also, apparently, the Beverley Hills 'shield’ picture is copyrighted. We missed it so we might have to go hunting for a pic.

We walked up Rodeo Drive, the south bit where houses are, and onto Wilshire Boulevard and stopped off for tea in the Beverley Wilshire which was very nice. Although it looks a bit smaller in real life than on Pretty Woman and there doesn’t seem to be a bench where you can get the bus anymore. Opposite is the well known bit of Rodeo Drive which was empty of people and very well maintained. We stopped off to buy Tina some Jeremy Cruise (they are a sort of Primark Jimmy Choo) and got slightly confused looking for the bus. We saw it disappear off down a different street so had to wait for the next one. We spotted no stars, but a nice chap did ask if we were lost as we hung around outside the Emporia Armani store… Outside one of the shops up there was Meg’s next car.

The bus tour took us around for a while, the early morning fog had burned off and it was very sunny, and we decided to stop off at the La Brea tar pits which was very interesting, (in the film Volcano with Pierce Brosnan). Loads of fossils have been extracted and some we have immortalised on film, as have many I suppose. We hopped back on the bus and went on to Hollywood Boulevard. We walked the famous walk of fame, there are loads of them. But before that headed up a side street to catch a distant glimpse of the Hollywood sign.  Not sure that was a great move as we ended up under the Santa Monica freeway which wasn’t pleasant so we took a pic and headed back to the stars. Funnily enough one of the first we saw was Karl Malden.

Oh, I forgot, on the way we passed the Paramount Studios and also the Farmers Market, they are both famous. Also - Meg - we found out what happened to Faye Raye at last! She’s in the Hollywood Cemetery. We snapped the general area as we whizzed by.

We walked the walk of stars recognising about 1 in 5, but we did spot Billy Joel for Meg. After a while we stopped off for lunch at a great little place called Lucky Devils which was a welcome break (not the UK chain). Then headed off for the Chinese theatre which is also famous, although we didn’t realise that until we got there. They have loads of premieres there, also it’s where the hands are pressed into the concrete. We snapped one for Barb and one for Meg, but it wasn’t till I got home I realised I’d got the wrong Jackson. Duh.

Back on the bus Gus we headed up Hollywood Boulevard again and then Sunset Strip where there are lots of famous things like the bar River Phoenix died in and where a famous guy I forget made cookies. We stopped at the Million Milkshake place where famous people sometimes go. In fact Miley Cyrus made up her own shake and it’s on the menu. We had a different one.

Back on the bus after the milkshake stopover and down to rodeo again. Minor drama on Wilshire outside the Reg Bev Wilt when the bus driver hit a car, but otherwise off the bus and a stroll back to the hotel via a very nice food place where we spotted a massive more than foot long sub thing. On the way back a tourist from Singapore asked us where freeway 10 was, he wouldn’t have won much on the cash cab if we were his street shout out!

Heading for the Queen Mary tomorrow at Long Beach.

Safe, sound, and a touch sunburned….

Mark & Tina


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daveandsue on

LA sounded good, we did much the same trip although your hop on, hop off bus
(good with a Starbucks 'to go' coffee) was better than ours, we had an organised tour with an ageing actor whose false teeth were way too large and kept slipping
up and down - he knew all the old movie stars though (or so he said)! Huge city to explore, sounds very exciting ....... look at 'TripWow' if you haven't, it's excellent.
Looking forward to tomorrow's blog - probably last in US, will have to wait till you get to Oz. Love to you both xxxxx

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