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Day 19 - Beverly Hills

Universal studio's

semi-overcast 16 °C
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Hi from Beverly hills, California!

Below is a photo of our accommodation as promised yesterday, we also took a few shots of houses we passed in the street for you to see. What's funny is I notice the houses, Hubby notices the cars!

Here are some of the neighbourhood (am hoping to have a contrasting shot of a school in the next few days), it is funny, I feel the same about Hollywood and LA as I did when I visited in 1991, a little disappointed in the reality. The spark and romance of Hollywood seems to be missing, it's all very normal...... Not at all like it is portrayed on the telly. That's not to say I dislike it there are parts of the city that are lovely and others that you wouldn't walk in alone at night, but that is everywhere.

We went to Universal Studios for the day and the boys a had a great time, they really enjoyed the studio tour, they were filming a movie and a few shows today - parenthood being one of my favourites. We sat in on a special effects session, this was great and tonight while watching telly The tween is pointing out all the special effects (makes you see tv differently!)

Our favourite rides today were definitely the studio tour/King Kong, transformers, the Simpsons and the boys loved the mummy (I sat out as this was a roller coaster). It is interesting seeing the change and advancement in rides. Those that were our favourites were in, like a large roller coaster car that bumped about and moved side to side, but around us was a 4D film with special effects playing. How things have changed, soon roller coasters will be extinct!

We bought lunch from the flintstones restaurant, as you can see, we are still working on fattening up Teen1! That large drumstick, is a smoked turkey leg!
Below, The tween had his face painted to match his demeanour at the time- zombie like!
Here is a snapshot of the filming that was happening today, James Franco was directing, producing and acting in a movie being shot on the lot today, I included a photo up higher in the Wild West setting.
On the way home, we stopped by Graumans chinese theatre (now known as TCL Chinese theatre) to see the footprints of celebrities past and present. Michael Jackson for The tween (not in this photo), Hugh Jackman for me (that's the closest I will ever get!) and Frank Sinatra for you Dad (photo2)- in the photo is also Gene Kelly, Will Smith and Jennifer Aniston.
A few shots of Hollywood and Rodeo drive tonight before we went home!

Lastly, here is a photo of the next door neighbours house - The tween took it tonight, he is in awe!

Posted by Auggiesfamily 20:44 Archived in USA

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Gee Lachlan, I think you would even frighten Michael Jackson with that face. How clever.
Looks like you had a great day. Glad you enjoyed it. It is certainly different than when we went there in 1991 isn't it? Although I recognises the water rushing down the street scene.
I think I would be in awe of the house next door too Lachie, it looks very grand.
Love Grandma. xx

by Joy Collier

Thank you Grandma

by Auggiesfamily

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