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Bell County

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  • Day12

    City of Angels

    June 2, 2019 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 29 °C

    Up early to catch the Surfliner Train down the Californian coast to Los Angeles. I would have posted a photo but it was a bit cloudy and overcast and it looked a bit like Saltcoats at the Glasgow Fair. The train called in at Santa Barbara but there was no sign of Aunty Babs. Maybe she was out entertaining the old folks!

    As I arrived at the 1939 art deco Union Station, Los Angeles, I felt I should be carrying a small dog like so many wannabe stars of yesteryear looking for fame and fortune in Tinseltown. As I only have one day in LA, I decided to make the most of it. Took the Metro then bus to Melrose Avenue and caught the last tour of the day at the legendary Paramount Film Studios. We were a small group of 6 and had an excellent guide - Jackson, an aspiring writer - who gave us a 2 hour tour of the back lot in a buggy. It was quite a thrill walking through the famous Bronson Gate as so many stars have done in the past (Aileen you would love it à la Norma Desmond). I particularly loved the older part which was originally RKO Studios (where King Kong was made), before being bought by Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz, Jr who turned into Desilu Studios and created shows like I Love Lucy and the original Star Trek. As we stood in Sound Stage 29, we were told that this was the very spot where Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers had created their movie magic - unbelievable!

    The back lot too was impressive, with mock ups of New York streets etc where the Godfather was made. Altogether a great visit and a place to be recommended if you are interested in old Hollywood.

    Three buses later and I arrive at the Griffith Observatory high in the Hollywood Hills, near the famous sign. The beautiful deco building featured heavily in the 1955 movie Rebel Without A Cause starting James Dean. It is free to enter and a very popular place to visit especially at sunset, with fabulous views over Los Angeles.

    Lastly a quick visit by Metro to Hollywood proper, and Grauman’s Chinese Theatre and the footprints of the stars. Still can’t see mine there - it must be an oversight.

    Back to Union Station to enjoy the hospitality of the Metropolitan Lounge before boarding the 10pm Amtrak Sunset Limited Service, and my sleeper for the two nights Zzzz...
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    Aileen Johnston

    I hope you asked for Jonesey

    Robert Fyfe

    I did indeed, Aileen but it was his day off 😊

    Anne Houston

    The RKO studios sound fab. Now officially on my bucket list!!

  • Jul8

    Stop 9: Temple, TX

    July 8, 2020 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 91 °F

    We had to stop in Temple just for Buc-Ee’s. Buc-Ee’s is the ultimate Texas experience. It’s a mix of sheetz, cracker battle, and Costco! If you can even imagine that. Their mascot is Buc-Ee the never and they past his face on anything you could ever imagine. We loaded up with plenty of cheap and cheesy Buc-Ee’s mementos for home.Read more

  • Day70

    Buc ees

    October 31, 2015 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 21 °C

    They do everything bigger in Texas, and apparently that goes for the truck stops as well. If you thought those Loves and Pilots were big ... you ain't seen NUTHIN!

    Again, at Celia's recommendation we took in this bit of Texania. The restrooms were palatial. The gee-gaws covered about a square mile (seemed like). And the menu was a particularly Texan brand of road-stop fast food.Read more

  • Day36

    Rain, can you believe it?

    December 2, 2016 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

    We left Washington to get away from it.

    Annanaomi Sams

    I do believe this is the rainy season in central Texas....

    Geezers in Paradise

    Well, it's not OLYMPIA. With the rain they've had, we are grateful!


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