Sunday, 13 July 2014

Hollywood and Beverly Hills

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So we did a bus tour, you guys. To see celebrity homes. #nohate #touristforaday #beatravellernotatourist #ohwellitwasfun

And guess what? I saw David Spade! It's true. We were driving past Ellen De Generes's house in Beverly Hills at the time {ahem}, and he cruises past our open-top Starline van, all blonde hair and sunglasses, in his convertible. And get this - he smiled and waved! I kid you not. That happened. #daymade #hahaha

Also? I want to live in Beverly Hills. Those houses are gorgeous. And the gardens! Beautiful. And the weather. Damn!

Looking back - our van cruising down Rodeo Drive, in the California sun. ^^^

And after all that tour van excitement {hah}, we wandered up and down Hollywood Boulevard, where we saw the Chinese Theatre {a huge IMAX cinema} and the Dolby Theatre {where the Academy Awards takes place}. 

Outside the Chinese Theatre. I love you, Meryl! ^^^

And then we dodged the crowds along the Hollywood Walk of Fame...

...before visiting Madame Tussauds.

Awesomeness right there. On the left. ^^^

Fierce, my boy! ^^^

Me getting a little forward with Will. ^^^

And later, when we were all 'celebritied' out {and hungry too}, we went for dinner at a lovely sushi restaurant in a shopping complex on Hollywood Boulevard...

... where the kids made us pose for this photo {and about a trillion others}, in an attempt to teach us how to produce a good photo! Good times. #omgseriously #lol ^^^

And that was the end to another great day in Cali. :)

PS I'm using my iPhone to blog and I'm only using iPhone photos because I haven't uploaded any of my camera shots yet. 

Thursday, 10 July 2014

Universal Studios

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On Sunday we went to Universal Studios. And it was good.

It was also go, go, go from the minute we entered, because we knew we had lots to fit in there that day. No messing about when there's fun to be had, right?!  But, um, okay, maybe just a couple of refreshment breaks to keep the energy levels up and the troops content. {Woo Hoo, our first theme park adventure as a family in the States!} :)

We started in the lower lot with the awesome rides they have down there - Transformers 3D, Jurassic Park and Revenge of the Mummy; then we rode the looooooooong escalators to the upper lot where we did The Simpson ride, Despicable Me and Shrek in 4D.

The rides were all amazing and we laughed a lot that day. {Especially at one particular photo that was taken of us on a ride at the park. Man, we're still laughing about that one!} 

This Waterworld show was very good. ^^^

And so was this donut. Seriously. I think this was the yummiest donut I've ever eaten. So fresh and tasty. I wish we'd bought more than one. :) ^^^

Luke and Spongebob. ^^^

After the Dedpicable Me ride. ^^^

And purple candy floss. Say no more. ^^^

It's been really fun hanging out together as a family on this holiday and getting to share all these fun times and hilarious moments with each other. So good for the soul. All of us have loved it {yes, even the teenagers}.

Universal Studios, you're the best! Thank you for a fantastic day, you've been a highlight of our trip so far.