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  • Day89

    Hollywood

    May 18, 2017 in the United States

    With over 12 hours lay over in LAX we had to wander out or risk becoming crazy. After a saga of trying to get to somewhere that stores luggage (after 9/11 no luggage storage in airports), we caught the bus to see Hollywood.

    Getting off on Hollywood and Vine the stars had already started down the walk of fame, and I had fun spotting the famous and Welsh stars. Part of Hollywood was cordened off by the famous Dolby cinema (the one with the oscars) as the American premier for Pirates of the Caribbean was in the evening. Unfortunately we were to early for any of the stars, but it was fun to duck between the absolute nutters dressed in pirate costumes. Some had put a lot of effort in, with real life sized stuffed parrots on their shoulders, and a lot of eyeliner.

    We took pictures at the chinese theatre and compared shoe sizes with the film stars before heading to the back of the complex to grab site of the famous sign on the hill. While fun to see it and tick it off the list it was a bit underwhelming. Leaving the US behind after watching a fair few people being shouted at US security its Fiji time!
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  • Day20

    La La Land

    July 18, 2017 in the United States

    The day began with a geeky location spotting tour for naughties American teen drama 'The OC'. Thankfully both Kate and I were big fans so were equally excited when we found the diner the gang used to hang out in and the corresponding Pier in Redondo Beach.

    From there we headed to Tinseltown to see the infamous Hollywood Boulevard. I had a slight lump in my throat when I glimpsed the Hollywood sign for the first time in the smoggy distance. It's the first time I've seen it for real since I started dreaming about being a big filmmaker. It certainly didn't mean quite the same to me when I was 9 which was the last time I was here.

    It has to be said, Hollywood Boulevard is a dive. It got off to a bad start as one of the first stars I happened across was for Donald (not Duck) and I was a tad outraged. The streets are swarming and generally lined with tacky merchandise and badly dressed up movie characters. However, it had to be done and there was a big change of heart when we reached the TCL Chinese Theatre and saw all the hand and foot prints of stars gone by. That moved me somewhat - especially seeing some of the greats such as Jimmy Stewart and Harold Lloyd.

    We attempted to watch the sunset from Griffith Observatory but it seemed the rest of LA had the same idea so we glumly retreated to our next Air BnB, dropped off the car and got ourselves ready to join our 'Trek America' tour to the Grand Canyon in the morning.

    Looking forward to returning to LA on Saturday night for my self-indulgent studio tours and long awaited trip to Disney. Til then. Sorry for the lack of photos - most of them are on the big camera today!
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  • Day14

    Hollywood Hills

    October 14, 2016 in the United States

    Gestern morgen bin ich mit dem Bus nach Hollywood gefahren. Im Bus lernte ich einen netten Mann kennen, der mich interessiert fragte wo ich herkam und was ich so vor habe auf meiner Reise. Wir kamen ein bisschen ins Gespräch und die Busfahrt war nicht mehr ganz so langweilig und scary. Denn in L.A. laufen auch ganz schön viele komische Menschen herum. Naja danach war ich mir nicht mehr ganz so sicher,ob ich meinen Ausstieg nicht vielleicht verpasst hatte, aber ich hatte Glück und bekam auch den Anschlussbus. In Hollywood angekommen musste ich dann noch bis 14 Uhr warten bis ich einchecken konnte. Also machte ich mich auf zum Walk of Fame, welcher zum größten Teil nur halb so beeindruckend war wie ich ihn mir vorgestellt hatte , aber es war trotzdem ganz cool. Auf dem Hollywood Boulevard gab es dann auch noch einiges zu sehen, jedoch hab ich leider keinen Star getroffen. (Vielleicht bin ich aber auch einfach vorbei gelaufen, wer weiß das schon) Nur einen scheinbar bekannten Youtuber ( ich hab ihn nicht gekannt) der mich interviewen wollte und mich fragte ob ich mit Asiaten ausgehen würde, ich hab ihm dann gesagt, dass ich einen Freund habe und mit sonst niemanden ausgehe. Ich weiß jetzt auch nicht ob der das irgendwie Live übertragen hat oder so, falls ja werd ich jetzt ja vlt auch berühmt. 😂 Er wollte dann noch wissen ob ich es tuen würde wenn ich keinen Freund hätte, hab dann gesagt, dass ich das nicht weiß aber vielleicht. Diese Antwort hat ihn scheinbar nicht zufrieden gestellt und er ist abgedampft und hat wieder alleine mit seinen virtuellen Followern gesprochen. Nach dem ganzen Trubel auf dem Hollywood Boulevard machte ich mich auf den Weg zur Melrose Avenue, war aber scheinbar auf dem falschen Abschnitt der Straße, denn Geschäfte waren hier keine zu finden. Ich war dann nach 3h herum laufen in der Hitze wieder so KO dass ich froh war kurz darauf Hostel einchecken zu können. Dort hab ich mir dann das Zimmer mit einem französischen Pärchen und 3 Brasilianern geteilt. Mein Bett ließ ein wenig zu wünschen übrig, denn bereits der Weg nach oben hat mir ein bisschen Angst gemacht, denn wie sagte der eine Brasilianer "it is shaking a little bit but you will be fine...". Nachdem ich also mein Zeug abgestellt hatte, wollte ich noch in die Hollywood Hills und mir das Hollywood Sign genauer anschauen (auch wenn man auf den Bildern den Eindruck hat,dass es noch unendlich weit weg ist). Von dem Griffith Oberservatory hat man einen tollen Blick über ganz Los Angeles. Auch wenn es etwas dunstig war, war es wunderschön. Im Anschluss darauf bin ich noch ein bisschen die sandigen Wege durch die Hollywood Hills entlang gegangen und hab es mehr als genossen.(Es gab sogar einen Abschnitt der Berlin Forrest hieß, was ich sehr witzig fand). Zurück im Hostel ( ich habe mich nicht verlaufen unterwegs) hab ich dann nur noch etwas zu Abend gegessen und mich mit meinen Zimmergenossen unterhalten, was ganz witzig war. Nun sitz ich bereits wieder im Bus nach Las Vegas und habe bereits an der Busstation eine junge Engländerin kennen gelernt, welche im gleichen Hostel in Vegas ist wie ich, was ich sehr cool finde. In dem Sinne bis morgen😘Read more

  • Day4

    Hollywood

    September 25, 2017 in the United States

    Wir starteten heute mal wieder früh in den Tag und hatten um 6 Uhr bereits ausgeschlafen. Dann haben wir gemütlich unsere Sachen zusammen gepackt und uns auf den Weg gemacht. Zuerst ging es nochmal nach Hollywood zum "Hollywood Sign" und zum Hollywood Boulevard, wo wir dann doch noch den Walk of Fame lang gelaufen sind. Vom Hollywood Sign hatte man einen tollen Ausblick über ganz L.A., was auf den Fotos leider gar nicht so rüber kommt...
    Gegen 11 Uhr machten wir uns dann auf den Weg über Beverly Hills nach Malibu.....
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  • Day31

    Hollywood

    October 10, 2016 in the United States

    You know the hollywood sign
    That stands in the hollywood hills
    I don't think the christ of the andes
    Ever blessed so many ills

    You know the hollywood sign
    The witness to our confusion
    A symbol of dreams
    Turns out to be
    A sign
    Of disillusion.

    Dory Previn

  • Day1

    Hollywood

    April 18 in the United States

    Went back to Hollywood. This is where we stayed for two nights. Stayed at Motel 6. Went and explored the town and dis some shopping. Had a nap. Went and hit the town. Met up with Aaron and met his two friends Lewis and Jarryd. Cool people. We got pretty drunk that night and had a great time.

  • Day24

    Hollywood & Beverly Hills

    June 17, 2016 in the United States

    Sidste dag i LA. Vi tog ind til byen og brugte vores Hop On Hop Off pas fra i går. Det var lidt svært at finde de første stoppesteder, da de ikke var afmærkede, så det brugte vi lidt tid på og endte i China Town. Men det lykkedes, og vi kørte først rundt i downtown LA og derefter Beverly Hills og Hollywood.
    Vi stod af ved La Brea Tar Pits og Farmers marked. Tar Pits er en form for naturlige bitumen/petroleum masser der siver op gennem jorden og bobler op i sorte søer, og det har det gjort i tusinder af år. Her er et aktivt museum der udgraver fossiler, der er mellem 13.000 og 35.000 år gamle.
    Vi jagtede et godt billede af Hollywood skiltet som faktisk ikke var helt let at få, da skiltet enten var dækket af bygninger, træer eller ledninger eller også var det diset i bjergene.
    Efter en gåtur ad Walk of Fame, som er en meget travl hyper gade med turister og gøglere overalt, spiste vi en lækker frokost. Derefter tog vi i en af Hollywoods mange biografer og så "Central Intelligence", hvilket er et must at gøre i filmenes by.
    Vi tog hjem på hotellet og nåede en times tid i pool´en og hot-tuben inden nattid. I morgen går turen videre mod sidste stop - San Diego.
    Dagen får 4 ud af 5 stjerner.
    Roadtrip: I dag: 0 km - i alt: 4.776 km
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  • Day0

    Los Angeles, Hollywood und Beverly Hills

    September 26, 2015 in the United States

    Unser Hotel war in West Hollywood von wo aus wir eine optimale Ausgangslage zur Erkundung der Stadt hatten. Schon mehrmals war ich in LA, aber noch niemals in Hollywood. Dies sollte nun nachgeholt werden.

  • Day4

    Hollywood

    June 18, 2008 in the United States

    Today we left Anaheim and moved to North Hollywood to explore Universal Studios and of course Hollywood, this will saved us time as Anaheim is too far away.

    After checking out I went to pick up the car to Alamo's depot in Anaheim, just around the corner from the hotel. Even though I grew up in Peru driving on the right, I've been in Australia for the past 4 years so it took me a while to get use to drive on the other side of the road.

    I studied the map carefully so I knew the road perfectly, it was actually quite easy, we needed to follow Santa Ana freeway all the way to down town LA and from there follow Hollywood freeway until it crossed over Ventura Freeway. The hotel was not far from there.

    This time we were in the Beverly Garland's holiday inn. The rooms were a bit more comfortable and the hotel has a good restaurant. Maybe the best service the hotel offers is a shuttle bus to Universal Studios including an stopover at the Metro station so after unpacking a few things we had lunch at the hotel and then use the shuttle to access the metro to Hollywood.

    We left at Hollywood and Highland station, this is a shopping centre conveniently located in the centre of Hollywood boulevard, from the top floor we had our first glance at the famous Hollywood sign.

    Next to the H&H we found the Kodak Theatre where the Oscar ceremony is held every year, we didn't pay the fee for the tour and kept walking to the Chinese theatre and the walk of fame instead. Many re-known names were there include the ones of Kevin Costner, Eddie Murphy among others. All sort of street performers gathered around here, a couple dressed up as the Jocker and the Riddle followed us all the time and got a photo with Ximena, then there was a guy dress up as a statue that put up a really good show.

    Further down the road we came to the Hollywood museum and several vehicles of all sort offering tours to Beverly Hills, we didn't really feel like going to have a look at the houses of the rich and famous so we skipped them.

    Back to the metro this time on opposite side of the road we bought some souvenirs in one of the many shops. We also run into a Peruvian musician that gave Ximena a panpipe.
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  • Day14

    EARTHQUAKE (+Hollywood & Santa Monica)

    June 28, 1992 in the United States

    I wasn't wrong (see previous entry). Sean was very wakeful in the night with a fever. I had gone to bed about 12 after writing postcards and diary. At 2:30am I gave Sean Panadol and sponged him down. At 5am I awoke, wondering what on earth the couple in the next room were doing, then I realised the shaking was of the whole room. We were moving from side to side quite violently. It was an earthquake.

    Pete and I seemed to both jump out of bed at the same time, shouting "earthquake". We ran to get the kids, but for what, I'm not sure. We were on the seventh floor and quite helpless. It seemed to go on forever. Finally it subsided and people started opening their doors into the corridor with all sorts of cries of amazement.

    We had not lost power, but Pete and Nicole had been watching out the window great flashes of blue on the horizon as transformers were blowing out. We immediately turned on the radio and the announcer said he was working in complete darkness. People started to call in with their impressions. Most said it was the worst they had felt, that it was a rolling sideways motion and that it was much longer than previous ones. It turned out that it was 7.4 on the Richter (!!) and centred around the Joshua Tree area. We just sat and watched TV for the next couple of hours. We heard a few sirens but there were no signs of obvious structural problems around us and no fires that we could see.

    One little girl had been killed by a falling chimney. The Disneyland Hotel was evacuated as a precautionary measure, as a couple of cracks had been discovered. We later were talking to someone who had been staying there, and she said that most of the guests had checked out and the place was just about empty.

    The TV alerted us to the fact that we should expect aftershocks following an earthquake of that magnitude, and we were feeling rather nervous about being on the 7th floor. Pete maintained that since we had survived the original quake we would be alright.

    We were all feeling very shaken and after such a poor night's sleep I could feel the ground shaking with every step I took. All I wanted to do was leave the building, but Sean was still quite sick and I was sponging him all the while to try and get his temperature down. Just as he ran to the toilet to vomit we were hit by an aftershock. I was beginning to think of this holiday as more of a nightmare.

    At 8:05 the building again started to shake violently. It appeared to be as bad if not worse than the first, and there had been a heavy thud upwards halfway through.

    At this point we decided we couldn't stay there a minute longer, grabbed the kids and left the building. We took the stairs, of course, and just went out to the car and listened to the radio. People now were talking about this latest quake: was it a new quake or just an aftershock? Most seemed to think it was worse. It was eventually confirmed to be a separate quake closer to the San Andreas fault, measuring 6.5.

    I can't remember feeling as scared as I did then, although I felt safe out in the car park. The problem I was grappling with was how I was going to go back inside the hotel again. We were staying here a week!

    After an hour or so, I can't remember, Pete decided we should go in and get packed up and continue our plans for the day. Joel & Sean were still in pyjamas and I was the only one who had been showered. I was trying to stay calm, particularly as Joel was petrified and wouldn't go anywhere on his own, let alone in the shower. We gathered things in a hurry and left.

    We had planned to do some sight-seeing - Hollywood & so on, so we decided to continue with these plans. We started to look for somewhere to eat breakfast and found a place called Pete's Pancakes. We all ordered pancakes but none of us could finish, and Sean didn't eat a single bite of his. He just felt sick and went running off to the toilet with the runs. I think my appetite was somewhat suppressed by my autonomic nervous system. I was still feeling frightened and wary of walking inside any building. So not a very pleasant meal.

    Off we headed for Hollywood. There were no signs of damage around. We arrived in Hollywood and found a parking spot near Mann's Chinese Theatre. It was hot and Sean was finding the going tough. I would really have preferred to curl up under a shady tree with Sean and take a nap. Outside the famed Theatre Sean started throwing up, so I left the others and went looking for a restroom which I found in a souvenir shop. The two guys in there discussed the earthquake with me. Sean sparked up and asked to buy some Hollywood Boulevard keyrings with our names on them.

    We then waited under a tree for the others to return. We spoke for a while to a local walking his two dogs. He offered Sean a soda and said that he was thinking of leaving Los Angeles. I was thinking of doing the same thing.

    From here we began driving around Hollywood Bvd, Sunset Bvd, Vine St and made our way down Hollywood Boulevard down to see Rodeo Avenue with reputedly the most expensive shops in the world?! America?! We drove around Beverly Hills but didn't spot any stars. We then drove down towards Santa Monica and decided we'd look for Venice Beach which Pete had read about. There were crowds and crowds of people down there, including a large number of blacks. You sometimes wonder if you live on the same planet as some of these people.

    There were large numbers of street stalls - rather like sideshow alley at the Show. As well, people were engaged in a wide variety of activities. For a while we watched 3 guys playing the bagpipes, then moved over to a large group of people where loud rap music was being played. Here people were rapping on rollerskates in a small concrete dance floor. We watched, fascinated.

    Further on we came across a set of witches hats where a small dark boy was dressed up in a suit, white shirt and bow tie, wriggling his way around the bollards on a skateboard with two separate ends, called a Snakeboard. Close by, a man was putting on a performance entertaining an ever-growing crowd of people. He was eating fire, balancing things and generally humouring the crowd. His vocabulary included a fair number of "colourful" words. He finished by balancing a girl on a chair on his chin.

    Elsewhere people were playing hockey on roller blades/skates or just roller blading or riding bikes along the wide pathway. Some people were actually on the beach, which seemed quite incidental to the other activities here. Further on were basketball courts, and then several sets of rings and climbing equipment, then an outdoor gym where people were working out lifting weights and so on.

    We bought drinks/ice creams - Sean and I had a shave ice cone, then started to wander back through the vast milling crowd. The whole atmosphere was excited, and because most of them were black I was a little nervous. I was still feeling nervous about the morning's happenings anyway, and occasionally dreaded the thought of going back to the hotel.

    I overheard someone saying "I've never seen so many people here" and wondered whether it had something to do with the earthquake. The boys played for a while on some play equipment. Sean sat in the sand for a while making a little castle. He was still very subdued.

    We made our way back to the car and I discovered that my watch was missing. It must have dropped off my wrist, which it had done once or twice before.

    Before arriving home we stopped at Po'folks, which fed us all for $28. Incredible considering the amount of food we were given. Nicole brought two of her chicken pieces back with her, Sean had only one or two bites, and I only managed about 3/4 of mine. The whole place was decked out in pictures and views of country America - Huck Finn style with lots of misspellings on the menu. Our drinks were served in jam jars.

    As we approached the hotel, Joel began to whimper and I had a lump in my stomach. I knew I couldn't possibly sleep up there after this morning. After a few minutes in the room I spoke privately with Pete about alternatives and we decided to at least try a room on the ground floor where we could at least get out of the building more quickly. As well, we would feel less swaying down there. Pete went to the desk, and apart from the fact that the rooms weren't adjoining, I was happy that we got two rooms on the ground with a door straight out to the pool area. Nicole's room even had a fridge and a microwave.

    I climbed into bed and snatched bits of sleep. I would not sleep well for days.
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