California (September 9-24, 2005)
The Californians drove like maniacs with no regard for posted speed limits, and it did not take long for Steve to adapt (!) which made every trip on the roads like a rollercoaster. Note that in the US, the left lane is the fast lane.....
Universal City had its own feel, similar to Movieworld in Australia, catering for the younger crowd.
It had a great stunt show called Waterworld, which I ended up seeing twice on each of the two days we were there. It was done by real actors and a couple of stunt men. At the end of the last performance, we were given the chance to hear the actors talk about the show and how they did some of the scenes and stunts.
Here's a list of the actors doing the show that day. The actors I was photographed with were Helena Barrett, who has appeared in Charmed, E.R. and Red Eye, and Greg Dela Riva, who has appeared in The Profiler and Boston Legal, as well as Nash Bridges.
I wanted to get a feel for Hollywood and Beverly Hills, so one day we drove to Hollywood Boulevard. You can see the Hollywood sign from there.
We looked at the hand/footprints at the forecourt of Grauman's Chinese Theatre. Here I am with Arnie's hand prints.
After lunch we walked along the "walk of fame" to read the stars' names. I took photos of quite a few stars. It was many blocks long, mainly on Hollywood Boulevard on both sides of the street, so we didn't walk on all of it.
On our last day in LA, we went through Hollywood on our way out of town. Here's the view of Hollywood Boulevard at sunset. If you go to Disneyland's California Adventure Park, you'll see a recreation of this street in the Hollywood Back Lot.