Just a quick explanation: in the summer of 2011, my parents decided to take all six of us (four children between 22 and 16 and two parents) on a roadtrip through -mostly- the West Coast of the USA. This was written as a diary at the time, so keep in mind that this was written by a 22-year-old who was blogging to keep family and friends updated on our whereabouts. Enjoy! – Camille
It seemed a busy day, but now that I think of it… I’ll let you guys decide 🙂
This morning, we had a rather long lie-in: wake-up call was around 9h (even though Mum had been awake for more than an hour – which might have something to do with the fact that it’s her birthday today), which made us all rather drowsy. Luckily we had a wonderful breakfast at Tula’s (the restaurant here in the hotel which is great and has wonderful staff. By the way, if you’re ever looking for a hotel in LA, the Beverly Garland Holiday Inn is great!), which made us capable of braving even the worst obstacles. Of which we could find none today – hurray!
First things first: we went to visit Universal Studios. The tour behind the scenes (which includes a King Kong attraction and much more) was great: lots of fun facts and nice backdrops to be found. Strange how you never notice how films are similar in the scenery when it comes to films from the same studio. Oh well. We also went to the Special Effects Show, which showed us the difference between CGI and actual real, touchable special effects. Great fun, though unfortunately they didn’t want me to come up as a volunteer. I was a tad disappointed but got over it soon enough.
After the Universal Studios, some of us went to the Getty Center. And if you’re ever near LA, you can’t not visit it. The Getty Center is a private museum, hosted in the most beautiful building centre ever seen (OK, maybe I’m a tad overexcited right now, but it really was beautiful), free entrance and wonderful museum shops. The collection includes a Van Gogh (though not my favourite), Monet, Pisarro, Ensor and much more. It’s not only paintings, but furniture, sculpture and pretty much everything they think is art and looks good. It’s amazing. The building itself is almost entirely white, has great views and courtyards and showcases the art wonderfully. As it’s a private museum and non-funded by the government, for me it now ranks in my personal top-3 of museums (the other two are the British Museum and the Metropolitan Museum, for those who are interested). Go and visit, I beg you. It’s too good not to be seen by everyone.
After the Getty visit, we once again went to Tula’s to eat. I had -strangely enough- more than enough space for a dessert and followed our waiter’s advice: something called ‘Lava Chocolate’ or something. It consists of a large moelleux, ice cream, whipped cream and lots of chocolate sauce. Thank you my dear waiter, for it was the best advice ever. So, once again: Tula’s (restaurant of the Beverly Garland Holiday Inn, Vineland 4222, LA, California) is great. and no, they didn’t pay me to endorse them, they’re just that good.
And then… It was Hollywood time. We followed the Walk of Fame to Mann’s Chinese Theatre and discovered Marilyn Monroes footsteps (tiny), Sylvester Stallone’s (huge), Jennifer Aniston’s (still fresh and drying) and many many more. Great fun and very cool to read their messages to the owner of the place. The Walk of Fame itself isn’t all that great and just provides a lot of ‘I think I heard that name somewhere, but who is that and what did he/she do that made him/her famous?’-moments.
We unfortunately didn’t manage to visit UCLA, but that will probably be rectified by tomorrow (there just wasn’t enough time and light to visit it now, we think daytime might be better to actually see the campus). Tomorrow our last hotel change (bye bye BGHI, we had a great time), close to the beach. We’re all rather curious about the last hotel of them all: more details tomorrow!
See y’all soon!
PS: I flirted with the penguins of Madagascar. Great fun. They give wonderful hugs and kisses.