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California (September 9-24, 2005)

Hollywood

The happiest place on Earth

Heading north on Highway 101, just south of the city centre.

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.....

This pic was taken by one of the professional photographers there.

Universal City had its own feel, similar to Movieworld in Australia, catering for the younger crowd.

The pre-show warmup was even more entertaining than the show! Get there early and sit in the centre stand in the soaker seats..... 8-)

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.

There are 8 different sets of actors for the show.

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.

This was taken near the Kodak theatre, where the Oscars are presented.

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.

Johnny Depp was scheduled to put his handprints in concrete the Friday after we visited. There is a lot of security on these occasions now, and fans have to watch from the other side of the street.

We looked at the hand/footprints at the forecourt of Grauman's Chinese Theatre.  Here I am with Arnie's hand prints.

This monument was near the Beatles' and Elvis' stars.

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.

No, I didn't stop to shop.....

We then drove along Sunset Boulevard to Beverly Hills, but I didn't get a chance to see many of the houses as we didn't drive up into the "Hills". We went down Rodeo Drive (where Julia Roberts went shopping in "Pretty Woman").

Taken from the corner of Hollywood Boulevard and Highland St, IIRC.

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.

The trick to taking a good photo of this is not to get as close as this.....

That's more believable!



Turning my life around.....