Tuesday, November 27, 2012

We drive from Las Vegas through desert and hit Hollywood!

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As we leave Las Vegas, it is a really boring drive through the desert.
We see a sign to the world's tallest thermometer at Baker.
Must say, it also has a wonderful Greek Restaurant if you get the chance.
We have to push on, but take a picture to ad to my son's blog.
(His blog is on hold for a while right now).

We have seen signs all the way from Vegas for Peggy Sue's Diner.
As we get out of the car, we meet 3 Australian girls in the car next to us.
We join them for lunch.
they are on the way to South America and they share a few tips, as do we.
Peggy Sue's Diner is well worth the visit - it is retro heaven; good service.

We had planned to go stay the night at Venice Beach.
But when we get there it is full of alternatives.
And a lot of afternoon drunks, so we decide to move on.
We check out Santa Monica and then we agree to go stay in Hollywood.

We find a fabulous and reasonable hotel - Rodeway.
It is right on Sunset and one block behind Mann's Chinese Theatre.
I recommend it.  It is a great price for downtown.
Very neat and clean and includes breakfast.

We decide to walk and see the sights.
My son is scared as we have seen this area at Halloween and it was full of actors -
all dressed up, and a lot were scary.
Tonight there is none.

We visit the Disney store.

We see Mann's at night and decide to come back when it is quieter tomorrow.

We head up the side.
There are musical steps.
these are a lot of fun and we spend time trying to make a few songs.
Hard as it wrecks the tune any time some one comes down.

We find a new store - just opened with Lollywood in Hollywood.
this car is set up to shoot gum-balls out of the exhaust and you can race them.

My son is addicted to the Crunch Bar floor.
Yes it makes the crunch sound.

It has a Chocolate Lab.
You can make your own chocolate bars.
This store is huge.
It is well worth a visit.
I think we spent 2 hours in here.
I have way too many photos to load up.

We head next door to the Highland Shopping Mall.
The water fountain changes colour and patterns.
Of course I have a wet son.
We have the most wonderful night here.
We end up at an Italian Restaurant for a lovely glass of wine.
We sit outside and watch the fountain.
As we head home we meet a homeless girl and we talk with her.
She touches our heart.
She is dressed OK, and has just ended up with a tough life.
We decide we want to help the homeless if we can and we start to talk.
I walk back to the hotel and we are both very happy.
My son prays for the homeless girl Nicole we met as he falls asleep.

Next day we are up early.
The streets are empty and we can get some good photos.

We play on the piano steps again.
Most shops are closed.
Mann's Chinese Theatre has a few scary people dressed up.
One guy gets abusive and so I reported him to security.
Not appropriate for where there are kids.

We then get a heap of pastries and other food and load up the car.
We drive around and hand food out of the window to the homeless.
My son really enjoys this.
He says it fills his tummy up by being kind to others.
We really do get the greatest buzz out of being kind and giving.

We go the longest way to Rodeo Drive - thanks to the GPS.
Mind you it has been great help.
I am a confident drive in USA now and I wasn't at the start.

Seems no-one is shopping in Rodeo Drive.
I think you can see signs of the recession here.
Though there are a lot of flash and fast cars.

My son then wants to find the Hollywood sign and drive up.
We have seen it from the lookout already.
The GPS does a great job!
We go through many a windy street and up hill.
It is incredible.  We get to the base where it is gated off.
We do a bit of a shonky park and take a walk.
We are so happy we find this!
It ends a great day.

We are heading back to our Couch-surfing hosts.
We have been so blessed to be able to stay there.
We left a heap of our things at their house too.
My budget for USA has had a beating, and so Couch-surfing is such a God-send.
It is also lovely to be in a home.
To feel relaxed and of course my son is busting to see the kids again.

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