Zombies and Roller Coasters.
Trip Start Jun 05, 2011
16Trip End Jul 22, 2011
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Day 1 - 6 June 2011:
So early on 6 June 2011 we got up and made our way to Sydney International Airport. Thanks again Kirsten. We'd both had a pretty crap sleep due to the excitement so we were looking forward to chilling out on the plane.
We checked in and made our way through customs with relative ease. We even got the GST back for our camera. Booyah. Shelly then spent the money we got back on perfume because she smells bad...
The flight was comfortable but that's all I will say on that. We were very happy to arrive in LA - albeit still with little sleep.
Just getting out of LAX airport was a challenge. We got a shuttle bus which was cheaper than a cab but ended up taking over an hour. At least we got to see the sights of LA...
By the time we made it to our hotel it was about 11:30 and the zombification process was kicking in. The staff at the Hollywood Orchid Suites got our room ready in a flash so we were at least able to have a shower before hitting Hollywood Boulevarde (which was a 1 minute walk from our hotel).
We saw the stars on the walk of fame, Maddam Tussauds wax museum, Grauman's Chinese Theatre, the Kodak Theatre (where they have the Oscars), the Hard Rock Cafe and a bunch of other stuff that was nearby.
"I thought the wax museum was amazing. I especially liked the part where Ross posed with Sarah Michelle Gellar (Buffy)." - Shelly Nowland.
At about 4:00pm we had a beer, we had turned into full on zombies. Eyes glazed over, couldn't concentrate on anything and Shelly fell asleep in her drink and almost drowned. I saved her life by drinking the rest of her beer.
We caved in and had a sleep for an hour or so. We got up feeling very ordinary but got some takeaway crepes and a bottle of wine for dinner. We still managed a good sleep that night and thought we would be over our jet lag...
Day 2 - 7 June 2011:
Woke up feeling just fine and dandy. No jet lag for us.......
At about 9:30am we headed down to Grauman's Chinese Theatre which was the meeting point for the stars homes and Hollywood sights tour that we had prearranged the day before.
Our tour guide was a struggling screen writer who had moved to LA a few years before. He was currently writing spec scripts which is a way of landing a paid job with a studio. In the meantime he was driving the tour bus to support himself.
"I loved the driver's 'Are you a celebrity?' sign that he poked out the window. I laughed till I cried." - Shelly Nowland.
We saw the following star's homes (although I use the word star loosely...):
- Simon Cowell - 22 million dollar home
- Madonna (actually just saw the driveway)
- Larry King (we saw his 8th wife in the driveway)
- Jennifer Aniston (saw her roof)
- Ringo Star (saw his gate)
- Christina Aguilera (she does nude Sundays, we unfortunately were not there on Sunday)
- Tom Cruise
- Frank Sinatra
- Dr Phil
- Michael Jackson (the house he passed away in)
- Al Pacino
- The house from the movie Batman - Grestone Mansion (now a national park)
- The house from TV show The Hills - Orange Grove
- The house from the movie Halloween - starring Jamie Lee Curtis
- The Sunset Strip (Viper Room, The Key Club, The Saddleranch, House of Blues, other stuff)
- Rodeo Drive (The Beverly Wilshire Hotel, a $2 million Bugatti, all the ritzy shops...)
- Mulholland Drive
- Hollywood sign and Beverly Hills sign.
We had lunch at an old school 50's style diner called Johnny Rockets. Shelly was excited to have a juke box right at the table that played all the good time oldies.
After that the jet lag kicked in double strength. Neither of us could keep our eyes open and we slept in the afternoon for about 4 hours which really knocked us around. Again, we woke up just to have dinner (and some drinks at Hard Rock Cafe) then tried to sleep.
Day 3 - 8 June 2011:
I think I managed about two hours sleep all up. Urgghhh need brains (zombie reference). We got up, had the complimentary breaky at the hotel then headed off on the train to Union Station where we would be picking up a hire car.
We picked up our car, a red one we named "Hector Hernandez". Our destination was Six Flags theme park about 45 mins away. I only got beeped at once and we didn't crash so I consider it a successful trip.
Six Flags was totally rad dude. Unfortunately we had chosen "Middle School Appreciation Day" the day before all the middle schoolers graduate. They of course had come to Six Flags for an excursion which meant long lines everywhere (up to an hour for some). It was still awesome fun and the rides were more thrilling than any we'd ever been on. Four middle fingers up.
By the time we got home we were exhausted, and knowing that we had San Diego zoo the next day we hit the hay early.
As we say in Hollywood, hasta la vista baby.