First up we went to the Dolby theatre where the Oscars are held, today it is booked by the Lexus Car Company so we can’t look inside but they have got the red carpet out so we did see that. When the Oscars are on the streets are blocked off for 5 weeks in preparation for the big night.
The original Hollywood sign was made of wood and eventually was replaced by a new sign made from Australian steel. We also saw the Hollywood walk of fame where all the movie stars names are engraved into the paving along the sidewalk and we were all looking for names that we all knew there are 2500 stars on the sidewalk.
Most of us were going on a tour of Hollywood, Beverley Hills, Sunset Strip with a tour company, Starline Tours that has little open buses which carried about 13 passengers. We had to do the tour with them because big buses had been banned from these streets. A lot of homes were pointed out to us but you couldn’t really see too much as they were covered by trees and hedges and a lot of the roads were steep and windy. It was good to hear a lot of names that we recognised and it was a bit of fun. Our driver was a bit of a comedian so we had some laughs at some of the thing she was saying to some of the people working in the front yards of the stars houses.
After our tour we were taken to Santa Monica pier which is in the Pacific Ocean, some people went and put a toe in the water, just because they could, it’s a beautiful clean wide beach. The pier is 105 years old but still very much alive with lots of rides, cafes restaurants and dare I say it gift shops. This was also the official end to Route 66 where lots of photos were taken and we got a certificate to say we had completed the trip.
We then had dinner at Bubba Gumps restaurant and on the way back to our hotel we got caught up in a lot of heavy traffic, stop start etc. we eventually got there and then had to pack our bags as we were flying out the next night to head home. Our trip of a lifetime is coming to an end!
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