As we got the bus up towards Hollywood
is became busier, more people, more activity and we became more optomistic. Our hostel was just off Hollywood Boulevard, about 5 mins walk from the famous Chinese theatre and along the walk of fame. As we were shown round it became obviosu that this was a MUCH nicer hostel, the rooms were spotless and the doors actually locked (!), you could even see the 'Hollywood' sign trough the window of the upstairs bar! Lisa was feeling pretty ill, so she spent a couple of days recovering while I came up with a plan of attack for the rest of our time in LA.
As soon as she felt well enough, we decided to try and get close to the Hollywood sign. We knew that you couldn't really get that near as it was fenced off, but it looked pretty small from the hostel.
Walk of fame Beatles star
Our cunning and well thought out plan was to stand on the street facing where the sign was, and walk in that general direction, it didn't occur to either of us that a sign positioned on the top of a hill might actually involve walking uphill at some point. As we would round the roads up in the Hollywood Hills region it became obvious that we were not going to get far, then a builder told us the way to get there (a 10 minute walk). Well it seems that no one in LA can accurately estimate how long a walk will take as half an hour later we realised we still had to climb up a very steep gravel track leading up to a stable which may or may not be close to the sign. We made it up, and turned around to see the sign fairly close, as close as we were going to get to it anyway. Both of us were completely exhausted, it was the hottest part of the day and we had run out of water.
Handprints at the Chinese theatre
So we took some photos, and trundled back down the hill. When we finally arrived back at the hostel we found a printed attraction sheet which indicated the bus you could take all the way up. Fabulous (!!!)
Being so close to the walk of fame stars meant that we had seen quite a few already by the time we decided to have a proper look. I recognised about 5 people on the stars, and that included Bugs Bunny and Winnie the Pooh, still it was fun to see a couple of recognisable names. The handprints at the Chinese theatre were in my opinion the more well known stars, at least they were more recent so I knew who they were. We wandered around the square, giggling at the people dressed up as Darth Vadar, Spiderman and more, and seeing which famous movie stars had scruffy writing.
We didn't get much chance to go out in the evenings, things we might have wanted to do were out of our price range or too far away.
The Chinese theatre, look how busy!
We got on the guest list for 'Girl Bar', supposedly one of the biggest lesbian nights in the USA, so we didn't have to pay to get in which was good altough the drinks were astronomical! Unfortunatly we were there on Dinah Shore weekend in Palm Springs
, a famous lesbian mecca where anyone who's anyone goes to party the weekend away (one day we will be able to afford it....). Therefore the club was pretty empty, and we decided to call it a night. The next evening we went down to Sunset Strip, the area of Sunset Boulevard with the well known bars and clubs. We saw another celebrity but i don't know who it is so it doesn't really count (Tom Arnold??), and the Viper Room club owned by Johnny Depp, where River Phoenix died of his drug overdose.
The strip was again a little dissapointing, as we've come to expect from this city. It seems that unless you are fabulously wealthy, you are incredibly poor. The super rich live right on top of the poverty stricken, with no middle ground. We saw some amazing houses in the Hollywood Hills, and although we didn't visit, Beverley Hills is 'the' place to live, but much of the rest is really run down. There was a comedy night at the hostel one night and one guys said he loved to wait for the tour buses arrive on the Boulevard and watch people's faces as they came off the bus and realised what a dump it really is!! Nope, LA is not for me.