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North America » United States » California » Los Angeles » Hollywood December 2nd 2017

Today started bloody hot, the not-so-perfect weather for a hike. The beach shuttle was cancelled, meaning the tour was huge, 25 or so of us. A bus took us sort of up a hill, though could've gone further to please my lazy ass. We were told to buy some snacks for the journey, so one old Asian guy comes out with a 1L tub of ice-cream… I don't think that's quite what he meant, but anyway. I'd heard the hikes were pretty intense so I was reassured by the amount of solidly built people on the tour. It was pretty amazing how close houses were to the sign though. We were walking up - a very steep - pedestrian street with the Hollywood sign right above us, almost touching distance. Traditionally there are four hikes to ... read more

To our dismay we looked out of the window in the morning and it appeared that the cloud has been following us from San Francisco. The sky was drab and grey and not what we were expecting from August in the city that brought the world Bay Watch. Not that it could make the early morning view from our hotel any more depressing. We watched a bit of the Olympics coverage whist we were getting ready for the day. Needless to say it was focused around the American athletes (but then I suppose any Americans on holiday in the UK will be making a similar complaint) although the plucky Brits did get a mention or two. For our first full day in LA we planned on going to Hollywood, starting with the sign. My daughter had ... read more
Matt Damon
Marilyn Monroe
Hotel View

Bags fueled...itinerary handy... excitement over-ruling... Yayyyy! My friend and I are on a road trip to LA, the world famous Hollywood hub. While I already pacified my wanderlust soul of not being able to completely cover a place as vibrant and happening as LA in just two days, my friend, who was a frequent visitor, reassured that things would be fine. Waking up at 4 am to a quiet, stand-still morning, we headed to the US 101 South Highway to witness the most scenic route alongside the Pacific coast. It was such a bliss to watch the Sun dawn upon the lush green mountains, with its golden rays sparkling on the deep blue waters of the mighty Pacific Ocean. Grabbing a hot cup of coffee and sandwich for breakfast, we drove through the phenomenal Pacific ... read more
That was the closest I could get to him - Hollywood Walk of Fame
 HOLLYWOOD Sign - View from the Beverly Hills
The Disney Experience @ LA - One of it's kind

We have tickets to Universal Studios! Hello everyone and hope you are enjoying reading the blogs as much as I am experiencing them! We were told by Hugh's friend that Universal was packed out because they had only just opened The Harry Potter World 2 weeks ago, so when we got back we ordered tickets online. Has a few problems getting it to work and had to go back on myself a few times, but as I pressed buy, I realised that I had bought tickets for the Monday and not the Tuesday and it was now 11.30pm Monday night! Stupid system! So, I woke up at the crack of dawn and called them in the morning. Luckily they changed it over and so one excited little girl yesterday was secretly like Tigger, bouncing around trying ... read more

Geo: 34.0983, -118.326All good things must come to an end and so it was with our journey along Route 66. A road warrior purist might argue that we spent more time off of the legendary route than on it and don't qualify for the T-Shirt, but we did use it as beacon as we worked our way across America.Our last stretch along the Mother Road in California allowed us to spend a night in one of the iconic Wigwam Motels. We had seen one of these earlier in Arizona but it was closed for the season. I'm not sure they pass the definition of Politically Correct anymore but how often do you get to stay in a motel that was built in the 1930s/1940s which mistakenly refers to the rooms as wigwams- they are actually in ... read more
Tonto Peeks Out Of Our Tent
Route 66 Wagon
Wigwam Village

North America » United States » California » Los Angeles » Hollywood January 5th 2016

After two and a half years in L.A., I'm taking my show on the road again. I've done a lot while here... I've joined a fire conclave, spun fire poi at Burning Man in 2014 1n 2015, face painted at El Pueblo on Olvera Street and at the Griffith Park Merry-Go-Round, taken painting classes with Julio P. at Art Works, taken a Cyr Wheel class, done some Capoeira, saw Evita, Wicked and Matilda... and walked a lot. I saw my daughter play a million princesses, Mary Poppins, and Ursula the Sea Witch at Creating Arts, perform in Burlesque and Freak Show formats and fire dance. I helped a friend to live with joy and not die alone. I conquered my fear of choreography and savored the joy of face painting. The time is ripe for leaving. ... read more
Kevin and Amelia

North America » United States » California » Los Angeles » Hollywood September 8th 2015

Omg what an amazing first day! I got here at 7.30pm on the 7th and got to the hotel at 11pm, flight was 10 and ahalf hours and the longest of my life but now I'm here I'm so glad I done it and so proud of myself! Iv had the most amazing day! First of walked to the backstreet boys star and I just thought to myself I'm actually here! It was such an unreal moment! Then we took a taxi up to the hollywood sign, the closes you can get to the front of it, and it felt unreal I couldn't quite believe what was happening, me Infront of the hollywood sign. Are you for real!? Went to walk up the back of the sign but then decided that 36 degrees heat was not ... read more

July 4 Today we woke up to Dean pouncing on our bed. He wanted to wish us a happy 4th of July! After a quick bagel we were off to the Mr & Ms Muscle Beach competition at Venice Beach. The parking situation was as you’d expect at any other All-American beach town on any other All-American Holiday – awful. We found a parking lot with a few spaces left and pulled in, however, after we were told the fee was $40.00 we promptly drove out again. We finally found a space on another lot for a mere $25.00 and took it. When we came back, the sign had been changed to $35.00. After a short walk down the “boardwalk” (it was concrete), we found the small stage and bleacher arena where the event was to ... read more
Mr. Venice Beach competitors
Venice Beach skate park

Geo: 34.0983, -118.326CALIFORNIA - HOLLYWOODStars on the Walk of Fame, singing and Phantom of the Opera.We stayed at the Roosevelt Hotel which is right in the center of the city. We could see the walk of Fame with all of the stars and the Graumans Chinese Theatre from our window. The price wasn't cheap but we where in an amazing old building and right in the heart of Hollywood.... read more
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San Diego - Train Station

July 3 Today we said good-bye to our AirBnB with the fancy bed/bath room and headed to Emma’s in Los Angeles for Breakfast. Although the GPS said we were about an hour outside LA, we discovered the LA tradition of sitting in traffic. Two hours later, we found Emma and a parking spot! Emma and Andrew live on the 6th floor of a six story building in a nice two bedroom apartment that they share with Dean, the masked wonder dog. They are in North Hollywood, a friendly neighborhood where they can walk to get most of what they need: groceries, pharmacy, pubs, and most other necessities of Southern California life. After feasting on yummy treats from a local bakery, we headed out to fight more of LA’s infamous traffic. We drove to Griffith Park along ... read more
Don, Jill, and the LA skyline
Choices at the Grand Central Market
Grauman's Chinese Theatre

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