Trip Start Jan 17, 2009
15Trip End Feb 12, 2009
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Thanks to the Candy Cane Inn, they organised a taxi to our hotel in LA. At $95 it was probably the best option as we were considering catching a shuttle (but that only went to the airport - then we would have to get a taxi/shuttle anyway). I guess it is possible to travel by public transport but with all our luggage it just seemed too awkward. At least this way we could be dropped straight to the door. Incidently the taxi seemed very up-market so we felt we were travelling in luxury.
Our hotel - The Hollywood Orchid Suites - is located right behind the Hollywood Walk of Fame / Kodak Theatre area. An older style hotel but very spacious and quiet too.
The Walk of Fame was not what I expected - just some stars set into the footpath - nothing fancy - and the shops beside are just the usual souvenir shops
Outside the Chinese Theatre it was a little more interesting with the footprints and signatures of the Hollywood famous and plenty of other characters around such as Captain Jack Sparrow, Darth Vader, Spiderman etc.
Feb 11 - Universal Studios
Our hotel is only one train stop away from Universal Studios so it was very convenient. Another day at a theme park. Really enjoyed the new Simpsons Ride - best one of these motion type rides I've ever been on. The backlot tour was also very good but we only went on the Jurassic Park ride once and the Mummy ride a couple of times. I think we are just about all toured out and starting to look forward to heading for home.