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  • Day92

    Wäsche waschen in Hollywood

    September 11 in the United States

    Wie die meisten Touristen in LA kommen auch wir nicht um einen Besuch der Traumfabrik Hollywood herum. Wir müssen allerdings vor der Route 66 auch noch Wäsche waschen, also verbinden wir das ganz elegant.

    Von unserem zentral gelegenen Parkplatz in einer Mall kommen wir direkt auf den Hollywood Boulevard und den bekannten Walk of Fame. Irgendwie hatten wir ihn uns etwas kompakter vorgestellt und nicht auf zwei Kilometern Länge zu beiden Seiten der Straße. Vielleicht gefällt uns diese Abweichung auch nur nicht, weil es heute mal wieder knackig heiß ist. Wir laufen entlang und auf den Namen von Stars aus Film, Fernsehen, Theater, Musik und Radio sowohl neueren, als auch älteren Jahrgangs inkl. Kunstfiguren wie Mickey Mouse.

    Nur fünf bis zehn Minuten entfernt sieht es aus wie an jeder beliebigen Ecke der Stadt und ein Waschsalon wartet darauf, dass seine Maschinen mit Münzen gefüttert werden... klassischer Touri-Spot. 😉 Bepackt mit frischer Wäsche geht es zurück und zu einem Punkt, von dem man in Hollywood bereits das berühmte Namensschild sehen kann. Da es noch relativ weit entfernt ist, fahren wir im Anschluss in die Hügel am Rand der Stadt um einen Blick und ein Foto aus der Nähe zu bekommen. Man kann generell in Hollywood sicher noch mehr tun, unser Gefühl ist aber, dass es eigentlich gar nicht so schön ist und man sich aufgrund der Bekanntheit eher verpflichtet fühlt es einmal anzuschauen.

    Zum Abschluss fahren wir noch den Mulholland Drive entlang, der ebenfalls in den Hügeln am Stadtrand verläuft. Von hier hat man teilweise einen Blick über die gesamte Stadt, kann aber nur begrenzt anhalten. Ansonsten eignet sich die sehr kurvenreiche Strecke bestimmt auch für Hobbyrennfahrer.
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  • Day112

    Tag 111 L.A.

    July 30 in the United States

    Nach einem fünfstündigen Flug ohne Schlaf sind wir todmüde morgens um 6 Uhr in L.A. gelandet. Da wir nur kurz hier sind und noch nicht in die Unterkunft konnten, spazierten wir um 8 Uhr ohne Menschenandrag über den Walk of Fame. Anschliessend hatten wir endlich die Möglichkeit, das IPhone von Patrik zu flicken oder ein Neues zu bekommen. Gem. unzähligen Telefonaten im voraus sollte das auf dem Festland kein Problem sein. Dem war nicht so. Die haben Patrik noch den letzten Nerv genommen. Nun ist es so, dass er selbst Schuld sei und er es mit der Versicherung anschauen muss!!! Und da er ja dringend wieder eins für die Arbeit braucht, ist das so was von ärgerlich🤬🤬. Ich kenne Patrik schon lange, aber so genervt wie heute im Laden habe ich ihn selten erlebt.
    Wir werden heute früh ins Bett gehen, da wir Morgen die Universalstudios besuchen werden.
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  • Day45

    Hollywood Boulevard, Los Angeles, USA

    July 30, 2017 in the United States

    Nous sommes arrivés à Los Angeles. On a visité Hollywood boulevard. L'intérêt de ce boulevard ce sont les étoiles que l'on voit au sol. Sur chacune d'elles, on peut voir le nom d'un personnage célèbre : soit un chanteur, un acteur de théâtre, un animateur de télé ou un acteur de cinéma. Il y a 2500 étoiles. 

    Amélie

  • Day25

    The Hollywood Pilgrimage

    July 23, 2017 in the United States

    As many of you will probably appreciate, coming to Hollywood is kind of a big deal for me. I've been planning this particular segment of my trip for many months as it needed to be perfect. I had such high expectations about my first trip to LA I needed to make sure I did it right. The first consideration was which Studio Tours should I undertake? After considerable research it looked like the best were Paramount and Warner Bros. I decided against Universal on the basis that I felt it was more of a theme park than a full working studio tour. I'm probably a little misguided on that but those that have been will catch my drift. The final consideration is whether or not I would visit Disneyland. Bear in mind Anaheim is the first Disneyland the part that Walt himself created. For over a month, I ruled it out. Kate did not have the same attachment to Hollywood as me and so she had opted to partake in a Yosemite Trek whilst I did my Hollywood thing. This meant I'd have to do Disney on my own which at first was not at all appealing. I had visions of me sat on a bench with droopy Minnie Mouse ears crying into my ice cream. However, with thanks to my fellow Disney fans and those that know me well, I was persuaded otherwise. More on that in a subsequent post.

    The day started with my separation from Kate at LA Greyhound Station. If ever there was a more depressing place, I'm not sure I've seen it. It's a little bit like purgatory - full of diversely different characters all waiting to get to their next destination. It was from here that Susan (the sat nav) and I fell out as I attempted to find a Target and we drove around in circles as she failed to give me enough notice for lane changes and I generally stopped listening.

    In our wisdom we kept a can of chopped tomatoes in the boot of the car from a previous shop which had leaked and caused a rather unpleasant smell in our brand new car whilst we were on our trek. After purchasing air freshener, lemon cleaning spray and a cradle for Susan (I was going to have to treat her nicely if she was going to help me find my way around LA) I set off for Griffith Observatory. Kate and I had failed to visit it the other night due to heavy traffic so I was pleased to find an accessible and free park and ride at the bottom of the hill.

    For those of you that don't know, Griffith Observatory is important for two reasons. Firstly, it has a magnificent view across the city and the Hollywood sign. Secondly, it was a key location in the recent Oscar winning film La La Land which has rapidly climbed into my top 10 films ever made. I know, some of you saw it and thought it was pants. You are entitled to your opinions. I, however, thought it was beautiful and the epitomy of what cinema was invented for.

    I was pleased to discover I had time for a planetarium screening so eagerly bought my $7 ticket and made calls to home whilst I waited. The show started well... I wish I could tell you all about it. However to my shame, I fell asleep in my comfortable reclining chair only to be awoken by 'The Big Bang' in 'The Story of the Universe' with a bit of a jolt. Not long after the lights came up and I very dozily made my way down the big hill to the car. I think the trek was starting to catch up on me.

    I had a 2.30pm tour at Paramount booked and I was hoping I would wake up enough to fully appreciate it! I really did. The tour lasted about 3 hours and consisted of a very well researched and educated tour guide taking a group of 5 of us on a gold buggy around the Paramount lot. Highlights for me were the original infamous gates, Forest Gump's bench, seeing the sound stage where Cheers was filmed and Ted Danson and Woody Harrelsons mischievous handprints and signatures in a piece of sidewalk oh and meeting Optimus Prime and Bumble Bee (Transformers). This especially amused me as Kate and I had been spotting wagons on the interstate that could be Optimus and then I saw the real thing! Squeeeeee!

    I had never before fully appreciated the sheer scale of Hollywood lots. They have literally thought of everything. Every single building on the site is purposefully designed to look like something else - a motel, a hospital, a school. They even have a car park with sloped edges which can be filled with water to create an ocean. There are of course streets of facades to look like New York and Chicago as well as bus stops and subway entry points from which you'll never get anywhere. I am still in awe of it all. We were fortunate enough to take a sneak peak of some live sets too in particular the set for new TV series 'School of Rock' which is based in the film. I nearly fainted when our tour guide pointed out the original director, Richard Linklater (one of my idols), was producing. I casually asked if he was 'about' but was told he was more of a figurehead producer so wasn't on set. Gutted. Our tour guide, Jessica, was really great. It transpired she was a recent film graduate and this was her first job in Hollywood. I'd have been pretty made up with that if I'd landed that straight out of Falmouth! We exchanged details and have endeavoured to stay in touch whilst we both pursue our dreams.

    From the studio I popped into the Hollywood Forever cemetery around the corner to see if I could find any significant gravestones. Silent star Douglas Fairbanks, Cecil B De Mille and Judy Garland are buried there. Sadly I failed to find any of them but the atmosphere there at least was quite special as it looked up on the Hollywood sign. Interestingly Paramount is the only studio from which the Hollywood sign can be seen.

    I ventured back to our beloved Air BnB from there and enjoyed it's beautiful pool in the late afternoon sun. I realise I've get to divulge a secret about my temporary LA pad. Like with the rest of the planning, I wanted my accomodation to befit the nature of the trip and I was fortunate to find a beautiful room in an apartment at the foot of Griffith Park just off Franklin Avenue. I was so pleased with my find despite it being over my budget I felt it would be worthwhile. Whilst making enquiries with the host, I told him my plans and he happened to mention he worked in the business. Even better. What he had deliberately failed to mention is that he was an actor on a pretty well known intergalactic TV series! Kate recognised him instantly and was shy and a little iddy for the rest for the first evening. Needless to say I thought this was wonderful. I can't give you more details on here but if you're a fan of such a show and want to know more I'm happy to divulge more details in message form! I messaged Dad that evening to tell him of my fortune and he thought I was pulling his leg.

    I had intended to head up to Griffith Park for a Hollywood Sunset but as with the nature of my last visit I awoke around 21:30 amongst my things on the bed. I needed an early night especially with more studio treats in store tomorrow.
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  • Day7

    Tag 6: Auf nach Los Angeles

    August 27 in the United States

    Heute ging es von Santa Barbara auf nach Los Angeles, wo wir bis Freitag bleiben werden. Entlang des Freeway 101 haben wir uns weiter Richtung Süden vorgearbeitet zunächst einen Stopp in Oxnard eingelegt und am Strand gefrühstückt. Außer einem großen und sauberen Strand scheint der Ort allerdings nicht viel mehr zu bieten zu haben. So haben wir uns dann auch recht schnell wieder auf den Weg gemacht und sind schließlich um die Mittagszeit in LA angekommen.

    Unser Airbnb liegt direkt am Fuße der Hollywood Hills und ist in Laufnähe zum Hollywood Boulevard und dem berühmten Walk of Fame. Nach einer Wanderung durch den Runyon Canyon Park (anscheinend sollen hier öfter Stars anzutreffen sein), haben wir uns auf zum Walk of Fame gemacht - wirklich beeindruckend wer hier schon alles einen Stern erhalten hat! Gelungener Abschluss des Tages: ein Besuch des legendären TCL Chinese Theater.
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  • Day9

    Tag 8: Venice Beach wir kommen

    August 29 in the United States

    Heute haben wir uns zum nächsten touristischen Highlight in Los Angeles aufgemacht. Mit dem Uber ging es Richtung Südwesten zum Santa Monica Pier. Hier gibt es nicht nur einen wunderschönen, mehrere Kilometer langen Sandstrand - diesmal waren auch tatsächlich Leute am baden - auf dem Pier selbst gibt es neben zahlreichen Verkaufsständen und Essensbuden auch einen kleinen Freizeitpark mit Riesenrad und weiteren Attraktionen.

    Am Strand entlang haben wir uns dann schließlich nach Venice Beach vorgearbeitet, mit seinem weltbekannten Muscle Beach (hier wurde Arnold Schwarzenegger bekannt). Venice Beach ist etwa 4,5 km lang und seit 1925 ein Teil von Los Angeles. Leider hat uns Venice Beach im Vergleich zum Rest von LA nicht wirklich von den Socken gehauen. Der Strand ist zwar wunderschön, allerdings ist es erschreckend, wie nah auch hier wieder Armut und Reichtum beieinander liegen.

    Nach einem ausgiebigen Spaziergang entlang der Strandpromenade haben wir uns schließlich ein leckeres Mittagessen verdient, das wir in einem ziemlich luxuriösen Einkaufszentrum in Beverly Hills zu uns genommen haben. Ein kurzer Besuch im Showroom von Tesla durfte dabei natürlich nicht fehlen.

    Den Abend haben wir schließlich wieder am Walk of Fame ausklingen lassen - der ist ja schließlich auch nur ein paar Gehminuten von unserem Apartment entfernt.
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  • Day10

    Tag 9: Chinatown und USS Iowa

    August 30 in the United States

    Heute haben wir uns auf nach Downtown Los Angeles gemacht und unsere Tour an der Union Station begonnen. Diese wurde im Mai 1939 eröffnet und ist nach wie vor der wichtigste Bahnhof in Los Angeles und einer der letzten großen Bahnhöfe in den USA. Besonders beeindruckend ist hier die Architektur mit dem verzierten Wartesaal. Der Bahnhof war auch schon mehrfach Kulisse für Filme, beispielsweise als Gerichtssaal in Batman.

    Von der Union Station ging es ein paar Meter weiter nach Chinatown. Der Stadtteil ist etwa um 1938 entstanden und beherbergt mittlerweile rund 20.000 Einwohner - die meisten davon übrigens aus einer eher niedrigen Einkommensklasse. Je nachdem in welchem Teil von Chinatown man sich befindet, merkt man dies mal mehr und mal weniger. Alles in allem ist der Stadtteil aber eher mäßig spannend gewesen und so haben wir uns relativ bald aufgemacht um nach San Pedro/Long Beach zu kommen.

    Dort befindet sich ein ausgemustertes Schlachtschiff der US Navy, die USS Iowa. Diese wurde 1943 in Dienst gestellt und schon im selben Jahr für Einsätze im Atlantischen Ozean (WWII) genutzt. Über mehrere Jahrzehnte ist das Schiff immer wieder auf der ganzen Welt im Einsatz gewesen und wurde schließlich 2006 endgültig ausgemustert. Seit 2012 ist sie in Los Angeles als Museumsschiff zu besichtigen.
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  • Day52

    Walk of Fame and Warner Bros Studio

    November 3 in the United States

    Also erst mal diese Sterne da auf dem Boden waren nicht so edel wie man es sich vorstellt. Kerstin fand es eher unhygienisch 😣😖🙈🙈🙈 und die Namen standen so komisch drauf das man sich immerzu hin und her drehen musste und dann kam in den Nebenstraßen auch noch Pipi Geruch dazu 😐😐 die Amerikaner und ihre Kunst aus allem eine Attraktion zu machen 😂🙈

    Das Madame Tussauds war dagegen überraschend gut wenn man bedenkt dass die Figuren nur aus Wachs bestehen nicht schlecht 🙃😮🤔👍

    Dann ging es mit dem Bus zu den Film Studios hier hatten wir eine 3 Std Tour
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  • Day41

    Los Angeles

    May 30, 2015 in the United States

    We planned that our first day after Trek America would be a 'rest day' thinking that we would need it. However after spending most of yesterday sitting in a van from Las Vegas to Los Angeles we felt restless and wanted to get out in the California sunshine. With our hostel situated in Hollywood we are well placed for views of the Hollywood sign as well as getting to the Griffith Observatory, both situated high on the hills of Griffith Park. Our hostel had information on three hike routes of varying difficulty and we chose the moderate climb. However even this started with an ascent of 600 feet over the first mile of the trail. Furthermore it was a two mile walk from our hostel to the trailhead. As said, we felt restless...

    We arrived at the trailhead in good time, leaving paved streets for sandy tracks which quickly rose above nearby houses. Being Saturday morning there were a number of families, dog walkers and hikers out on the trail, there were even groups of horse riders whose shit stank in the rising heat (the horses' not the riders at least). With the city below us we moved up and around ridge lines of hardy thorny shrub.

    When we reached the junction with the Hollyridge Trail (the first and more gentle ascent) we thought we were getting close, however as we moved closer to the Hollywood sign we could see the trail continue to rise and switchback across the hills. Midday was closing in and the trail simmered in the 26C degree heat. We would approach a blind bend in the trail with only bright blue sky visible over the lip. Approaching, we were poised to turn the corner and see something to indicate that we were closer to our goal. Yet we only found another steep rise to another blind bend. We trudged on, determined to get to the top and eventually we did. To our surprise we found that we had actually risen above the sign and made it to the peak itself. We sat under some scant shade to greedily drink from our water bottles before making the descent. From our position we could see Los Angeles stretch out to the horizon in all directions, however heat and air pollution obscured much of this.

    We could see in the distance, across the ridge lines, The Griffith Observatory, built in 1933 to observe stars in the night sky but made famous by stars of other kind from its use as a location in films including 'Rebel Without A Cause' and 'The Terminator', leading it to become an emblem of the city.

    Whilst at the observatory we managed to meet with Matti from Trek America, who is staying in Santa Monica before he begins his surf school tomorrow. Matti has been a very good friend on our trip so it was brilliant to see him as we toured the observatory with its exhibits on space. However it was also bitter sweet because it involved a further goodbye. We really hope Matti has a great time at surf school and that we are able to keep in touch.

    By the time we returned to the hostel it was after 6:00pm, having hiked a total of 11-12 miles. We arrived back proud but exhausted. So much for a 'rest day'!
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  • Day42

    There be signs...

    May 31, 2015 in the United States

    Here are some of the signs that have caught our eyes along our journey through the USA

    One that we didn't manage to get a picture of but remains in our memory -

    'Don't park your car here. If you do it's number plates and wheels will be removed'.

    Now that's a warning.

    Also here is another playlist of music that kept Alex going on the long plane, train and automobile trips that have made up our journey across the USA (http://open.spotify.com/user/somebodyalreadyhasit/playlist/2jQil3oREduPGqhcobkFui) -

    Beastie Boys - No Sleep Till Brooklyn
    Big Country - In A Big Country
    Creedence Clearwater Revival - Fortunate Son
    Jimmy Reed - Big Lights, Big City
    Nirvana - Lounge Act
    Canned Heat - On The Road Again
    The Who - Baby O'Riley
    Johnny Cash - Jackson
    The Blue Stones - Rolling With The Punches
    Lynyrd Skynyrd - Free Bird
    Johnnie Allan - Promised Land
    Muddy Waters - Hoochie Coochie Man
    The Beach Boys - Surfin' USA
    Red Hot Chilli Peppers - Californication
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