Rags and riches to a little celebrity spotting
Trip Start Dec 14, 2007
189Trip End Mar 16, 2009
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Our first stop in the Golden State was Los Angeles, the gateway to California where almost 20 million passengers a year pass through making it the worlds 5th largest airport. You only begin to understand how big LA is when you fly over it at night and see what looks like an ocean of little flickering lights
For the first time on our RTW trip we were having a friend, Amber, join us which we were really looking forward to as it had pretty much just been the two of us since leaving the Busabout circuit in Europe. For those who don't know, Amber is a good friend of ours from Dubai and from the minute we told her about the trip she was very excited about joining us somewhere along the road, it just so happened that she was able to make the California road trip. So to make sure we'd get the most of the California experience we decided to travel in relative Californian style, in other words topless!
Not sure of what to expect in the city we decided to set up base in the tourist friendly Santa Monica where we stayed in a cosy little hotel that was close to the beach. We'd only planned to spend a day and a bit in LA as we felt most of the attractions in California lay outside of the city which left us with a one day to cram as much of LA in as possible.
We started early with a 9am studio at Sony Pictures which would give us a little insight into the areas famous movie industry and if lucky spot a few Hollywood celebs
After our studio tour we dropped the top and begun touring Hollywood and its surrounding areas. It was a great sunny day and with the wind in our hair (well for some of us) we felt like right at home. We stopped off at Hollywood Boulevard to take a walk with the stars, slowly drove down Rodeo drive for a little window shopping from the safety of our car, cruised through the posh Beverly Hills with its towering palm tree lined streets, through to Bel Air before stopping off at the less affluent but interesting Venice Beach for sunset. We spend the evening taking a walk down the colourful Santa Monica Pier before having a scrumptious Italian dinner to finish off a busy day.
One day was clearly not enough to take in all LA had to offer but the brief visit gave us more than enough reasons to return someday for a more thorough visit. Next stop, Vegas baby!!!