Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Universal Studios, Hollywood

Well after another harrowing drive navigating US roads and freeways, we arrived at Universal Studios. The place is massive. First we took a studio tour and we visited Wisteria Lane and the Bates Motel where they filmed Physco. We saw our first squirrel travelling through the lot. Now it was time to face the park itself. We had purchased a front of line pass which enabled us to skip queues everywhere and stay behind at some of the shows to see what happens backstage and meet some of the actors. This is definitely worthwhile. Meet several characters around the park including Dracula, Lucy Arnez, Blues Bros etc.
After a long day we headed to the city walk at the Studios where we went to the Hard Rock Cafe Hollywood to have dinner. The meal sizes are enormous.
On return to our hotel we went for an evening walk along the Santa Monica Pier.


We finally left Melbourne after fog delays that put behind several planes. This meant that we had to go from one gate to the other in Sydney without a loo stop or anything as the plane had already boarded. After a very long uncomfortable flight we arrived at LAX. We got our second wind, picked up a hire car struggled a bit with driving on the left hand side but made it to our hotel. We are opposite the beach in Santa Monica. What a beautiful day it is. Unpacked and headed off to the outlet stores for sale day. The place is huge, we didn't even see it all. But that didn't even stop Jessie & Gemma. Had a late tea at 9pm and went back to the hotal to finally get some sleep.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

4 Sleeps

We are down to the last few days, bags are getting packed, plans are being made and the excitement is sky high. Weather report for Santa Monica is approx. 2o deg and sunshine. No rain in sight. Excellent travelling weather. I think the 4 sleeps should read 3 because I don't think we will be sleeping much on Sunday night, too excited. Will keep you posted.

Friday, May 20, 2011


We are all getting very excited, tomorrow we do a trial run with the luggage to make sure that they fit in the car. Have prepared a packing list so hopefully we won't forget anything. Plan to pack light and do a litlle bit of shopping in the US. I am looking forward to getting a bit of sun as we didn't get much here this summer.