! Guess what, Tom Cruise was about to turn up for the premier of his new film, War of the Worlds, and sure enough he rocked up on a motorbike with new girlfriend on the back. I ended up a mere four foot away, as he came to say hi to the crowd, so now it seemed a bit more like Hollywood. Next day we did a Red Line Walking Tour of the strip which really brought it to life, $20 each including a visit to an original Speakeasy bar. We walked down to Sunset Boulevard as you do and after that our final day in L.A. we drove to Long Beach area to visit the Queen Mary which is now a Museum and hotel. Paul enjoyed that. Afterwards we did Long Beach harbour area, very pleasant. We then drove to L.A. airport (allow plenty of time in case you get lost, which is easy to do, trust me).
We ended up driving to L.A. in one go from Prismo Beach after an aborted attempt to find Tourist Information. To early to check in so Paul decided we would pop to the beach .... L.A. is so huge we completely lost our bearings and ended up going the wrong way. Maps are not to scale and what Paul thought may be the beach was an annoying mirage. The L.A. smog blends well to hide everything you want to see and becomes one with the sky. It transpired that Santa Monica beach was about 12 miles away. Eventually it was a quick money in the meter, picnic lunch and brisk walk to the pier and back along the boarded beach walk to head back in to check in so to speak. This secured us a room and limited car parking space, result. Excellent location, only 100 metres off Hollywood Boulevard (Paul did good). We walked the Walk of Fame, but it all seemed a bit tatty with shoddy buildings in between the tourist attractions. The area of a road block now had loads of people gathering so we went for a nose