26.08.2007 -17 °C
When you think of LA you think of all the glamor of Hollywood Blvd. Believe me i stayed in a hostel slap bang in between Sunset Blvd and Hollywood Blvd and they are far from glamorous! They are pretty ace streets but the scale of types of people roaming them is vast! Lots of homeless and beggers amongst the stars on the sidewalk. Cutting through this crap however it was awesome to walk along the stars and check out all the hand prints and foot prints located in the chinese theater.
I went on a Hollywood stars home tour in a limo which was cool...saw Britneys, Johnny Depps, Paris Hiltons, Opera's, Kevin Costner, The Beckhams, Tom Cruises and loads of others. Also saw the Happy Days diner, the viper lounge and loads of other cool hangouts on sunset strip.
Visited Universal Studios which was a playground. The Jurassic park ride was welcomed as it was a water log flume and it was over 100 while i was there. Went on the famous tour and watched while they filmed Desperate housewives in Wisteria Lane!
Went to Venice beach, Santa Monica and checked out Rodeo Drive and the other well known Shopping streets.
What an awesome city. Hostel was located in the Gaslamp district which was crammed full of amazing Cafes,bars and restaurants. Met some amazing people and caught up with a few guys i met in Fiji. Visited Balboa park and went to the Photographic arts museum, arrived in Pacific beach to see a labour day riot, went to La Jolla, and crossed the border into Mexico and visited Tijauna!
Lots of drinking was had in SD, so many great places to go out...one problem, they stop serving alchol at 2am, the silver lining you can party till 4am and drink water...hangover sorted!
Not much to say....lots of Casionos on one massive strip in the middle of the desert. Was so very hot and to get from one casino to the next was a mission. Saw the tigers at MGM Grand, watch the volcano eruption at the mIrage, the water show a few times at the Bellagio but the pirate ship show at treasure island was cancelled! Also saw white tigers at the Mirage too. The casinos are out of this world...everything here is obscenely huge....it has to be seen to be believed.
Myself and 5 others hired a car for the day and went on a road trip to the Grand Canyon. The 10hr round trip was well worth it...it takes your breath away, an absolutely must see place before you die type affair! The trip home was made more bearable by fast food and a thick shake in a 60's style diner on route 66!
Absolutely one of my favorite cities of my trip so far! Would actually consider living here. Stayed in North Beach right in Little Italy. The Green tortoise hostel i stayed at was awesome...really hippy vibe, lots of people had just come from the Burning man event....imagine Glastonbury 200x more hippy and drug infested in the middle of the desert with lots of crazy cars and you get about by bike!
Went to Alcatraz, Berkley (watched the cheerleaders and band in full swing on the lead up to the Bears game (American football) being played that arvo) and biked across the bridge and through to Sausalito and Tiburon.
Walked around most of the city, went to Golden Gate park - got involved in the drum circle, watched a production of a mid summers night dream in Presidio park, took in Fishermans wharf, climbed Coit tower and walked the windy Lombard street..san frans crookedest street! Decide to be cultured too and went to SFMOMA (SF Museum of modern art)..saw a electric powered car that had been stripped down and water had been pored over it in freezing temps so a 2 inch layer of ice had formed....i had to don a couple of blankets and go in a big freezer to see it.
An amazing place that has to be revisited!