This morning after eating breakfast we got in the car and drove to the hills. We saw some beautiful and big houses in Beverly Hills and Bel Air. The rich and famous people live there, and their gardeners really deserve their pay checks ‘cause you really can’t see in. Good job paparazzis if they get to take a picture from their yards! We tried to get close to the Hollywood sign but it was really hard because some of the roads were closed for the 4th of July events, so we didn’t catch the sign on camera. On the parks we saw many people spending their 4th of July by going on a picnic and playing catch or baseball with their friends and family.
Then we drove to Hollywood Walk of Fame to check the famous stars on the pavement. We saw Donald Trump, Sandra Bullock, Walt Disney, Michal Jackson, Mickey Mouse and many more… We walked to see the Chinese Theater where celebrities have put their hand and footprints and signatures on the cement. There were, for example, the crew from Harry Potter, Adam Sandler, Will Smith, Meryl Streep and Jack Nicholson. We took a quick visit to Hard Rock Café and then went to buy coffees from Starbucks. I ordered an Iced White Chocolate Mocha and for the order they needed my name. I said my name and the guy said “Oh well, I have no idea how to write that but I’ll do my best.” So I got the coffee and just cracked up laughing when I saw my “name”. EISLE!!!! :D Haha. But the coffee was good, though Aleksi didn't agree as you can see from the picture under this text...
After drinking the coffees we headed to Rodeo Drive where the expensive shops are. And no, we didn’t stop by. We headed to Santa Monica beach and parked right across the Santa Monica Pier, where we had some lunch. Then we just walked on the deck and enjoyed the views and crowd. We walked on the beach all the way to Venice Beach, that was about 1.5 miles. There we walked through the beach boulevard where all the free-spirited rastafar people were selling their Bob Marley, Peace, “Legalize Marihuana!” stuff and hippie scars. You name it. We saw some awesome street artists, piercings and tattoos. There was this crew who were having a show on the boulevard. A man was jumping over 10 kids, the act was very funny. We did some GREAT shopping, Aleksi got a beach ball. ;)
Then we got back to the water line and walked back to Santa Monica Pier by playing football and having fun. We bought ice creams and changed on warmer clothes ‘cause it had started to get cold. Around 8 o’clock we went to get some supper at McDonald’s. The fireworks were supposed to start at 9 pm but I guess they were having some problems with them on Santa Monica ‘cause the other beaches, Malibu and Venice beach did shoot fireworks but Santa Monica didn’t. At 9.30 it was starting to get freezing and we were tired so we didn’t stay and wait for them to start. We drove through Sunset Boulevard (Sunset Strip), which is awesome in the night time ‘cause all the billboards and signs were lighted in different colors. We took some pretty pictures and went to the hotel where we took hot showers and went to sleep.
Day 3, Universal Studios
After breakfast we drove a loooong drive, 10 minutes ;), to Universal Studios. We parked our car in Frankenstein park hall which was closer to the entrance. We bought Front of Line tickets which allowed us to pass the whole line, we also bought All You Can Eat passes. First we went to House of Horror, which was awful! Me and mom were close to get heart attacks because we thought the characters were dummies but heh, some of them were REAL people! You can imagine the screams that let out when they chased us with knives and blood all over their face and clothes. It was damn scary! After getting out Aleksi tried to be like one of those real people in the house and scared me and my mom a couple of times.
We went to eat at Louie’s Pizza & Pasta and certainly got our stomachs full. Then we went to see an animal show. It was nice and humoristic. We went on a Simpsons ride, which was really good! I recommend ;) Then we went on a Studio Tour where we drove on a tour trolley and saw some settings; New York street and the ones used in Pirates of the Caribbean. We saw a cool King Kong 3D clip and continued the drive to Jurassic Park settings. We saw the ship from King Kong and then… WISTERIA LANE! You know, from Desperate Housewives. The houses were just like in the series, very beautiful and American. Then we saw Bates Motel and the house from Psycho. The tour was really cool and it took about 45 minutes.
After the tour we saw Terminator 3D and Shrek 4D. We also went on a water show where there were two actors from C.S.I and Grey’s Anatomy. Too bad I can’t remember who they were… It was really hot this time so especially Aleksi liked to stay at the Cool Zones which blew cool water steam. A time for Jurassic Park water ride! It was good and we got totally wet :D We went on a Mummy ride for 3 times and thought it was the best ride of the day! It was a rollercoaster and went really fast. After that we saw a Special Effects Show which was better than we had expected.
We ate at a 50’s style restaurant and gotta say, my strawberry milkshake was delicious! Yummy. Then we went on the Simpsons ride once again and after that shopping in Kwik-E-Mart ;D I think it was Apu’s day off ‘cause he wasn’t there. Mom tried on Marge’s hair and we bought Duff energy drink and a Simpsons t-shirt for Aleksi. We left Kwik-E-Mart and Dad bought Fiona’s (from Shrek) green ears and crown for mom. She also wanted a Rocky Road Fudge, a chocolate thing with marshmallows and nuts. It was about 9 pm so we drove to the hotel and soon went to sleep. Tomorrow we’ll hit the road!