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Journeys : MNJ Aug Sep 2011
Hollywood – that’s where the movie industry started out, isn’t it? That’s what I used to think, until I had the opportunity to visit this famous suburb of Los Angeles. The movie industry actually started on the other side of the USA, in New York, then moved to Los Angeles after film-makers realised that the West Coast, with its many days of sunshine and warm weather, was a much more reliable and pleasant place to shoot movies. On a guided tour of Hollywood, I lear n many more interesting things about this billion- dollar industry. As we walk up the famous Hollywood Boulevard we spot stars dotted all along the pavement. I keep an eye out for the big names – Johnny, Leonardo, Madonna, Michael, Frank, Tom – the star-studded Walk of Fame goes on for over two kilometres, on both sides of the road. I could have spent all day searching! We visit the Kodak Theatre, where the Academy Awards are hosted. I will definitely be watching the next Oscars – I’ll be able to say I’ve been there! Leaving Los Angeles I head east towards Las Vegas. As we drive through the desert, we eventually see civilisation – and there it is! The great pyramids of the Luxor Hotel, the skyline of the New York, New York, the beautiful Eiffel Tower of the Paris Hotel. If it’s this amazing now, I can’t imagine how it’s going to look as night falls! The evening Trafalgar tour begins at the Bellagio, a must-see for the famous fountain show. There are hundreds of people on the streets, some dressed up for a night on the town, others more casual – anything goes! Las Vegas is not all about casinos and gambling – there is jaw-dropping architecture, bright lights, glamour and grandeur. It’s a city where you can travel around the world while staying on the one street! Where else can you visit Paris, New York, Egypt, Venice, Monte Carlo, Hollywood, Rome and more all in one day! But my favour ite is the wonderful Paris Hotel. As I enter the building, I look up – I could be outside, wander ing the streets of Par is! There are clouds in the sky, I’m walking on cobblestone streets and pausing at little Parisian cafes. Amazing! From Vegas I have the opportunity to visit the Grand Canyon. My trip includes a flight out to the Canyon airport, a helicopter tour to the Canyon f loor (all 4000 feet dow n!) a short boat ride along the Colorado River and then back up to the famous Skywalk. I click away with my camera but no photos can do it justice – this is a place that should be on everyone’s ‘must-see’ list. After Las Vegas I head to San Diego, a beautiful city and California’s second- largest. Wandering the streets I note the strong Mexican influence and remember how very close we are to the USA/Mexico border. As I return to Los Angeles to fly home, I reflect on how much I have seen in such a short time and think of the amazing places I would like to come back to in the USA. For anyone wishing to travel to the States while our dollar is so strong and prices are so low, all I’d ask is – what’s stopping you? Been there, done that Lauren Sullivan goes to Hollywood and beyond Lauren was a guest of trafalgar tours. she is an rACt travelworld consultant in the burnie office. You can contact Lauren on 6434 2955.
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