Trip Start Aug 20, 2011
33Trip End Sep 30, 2011
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Santa Monica Boulevard
As we got little sleep on the flight, we took the opportunity to sleep in today, not rising until around 2pm. The weather was great, so we put our togs on and had a swim in the hotel’s lovely rooftop pool.
After freshening up, we set off on foot down Santa Monica Boulevard to check out the area. Jacquie spotted a car wash that may have been the one mentioned by Sheryl Crow’s “All I Wanna Do” song. Next door to the car wash was a taqueria named “LA Buns”, at which we scoffed some quality Mexican grub. Afterwards, we continued walking down the street, where we discovered a small strip of gay bars and cafes. They were all packed with Sunday revelers. One bar in particular (Eleven Nightclub) caught Jacquie’s eye, as there were two very buff gogo blokes dancing/gyrating/thrusting on outdoor podiums in the beer garden, wearing only underpants and shoes
We stumbled upon a large Beverly Hills sign alongside the road and took the opportunity to take one another’s photo beneath it. As I was taking Jacquie’s pic, an open-top tour bus rounded the corner and stopped alongside us. Everybody on the bus was armed with a camera and they all appeared to be shooting photos of Jacquie under the sign.Watch out for photos of Jacquie on the cover of the next edition of Who magazine.
A little further down the street we came across the Beverly Hills Police Station and City Hall, which I recognised from Beverly Hills Cop. I then whistled Axel F for the remainder of the day,
much to Jacquie’s annoyance.
At this point we got on a bus (fortunately not driven by Sandra Bullock) bound for Santa Monica, where we made our way to the beach to check out the carnival and rides on the famous pier. The surf was very small and the water looked quite dirty, with very few people swimming (even though it was quite a hot day). We then headed back to the 3rd Street Promenade, which is a pedestrian only street with stacks of shops, restaurants, theatres etc. There were quite a few buskers entertaining the masses and everyone was enjoying the sunny day. As the sun went down, Jac and I found a little bar called the Broadway Ale House to have a drink or two. Jacquie went to the bar to buy our drinks and returned very excited. Apparently the girl sitting at the bar covered in tattoos was Kat Von D from the “LA Ink” TV show, which Jacquie watched an episode of during our flight to LA. Jacquie was very chuffed with her celebrity spot, so we hung around for about an hour watching Kat and her friends (there was only about 10 people in the bar, so easy to see/hear everything that was happening).
We returned to West Hollywood on the bus at around 10pm and headed once again to LA Buns for some more delicious and cheap grub before heading back to the hotel.