Everyone wants to be a star

Yesterday we met at one of the more popular breakfast spots in LA. The Griddle Café on Sunset Blvd. makes breakfast not just a meal but rather and experience. With hub cap sized pancakes topped with everything from strudel to chocolate syrup this was a meal that everyone would remember.

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We also go to meet some of Surreina’s family which was very nice. We sat in a private room in the back of the restaurant, enjoyed each other’s company and the food. Afterwards we gathered for a picture in front of the Griddle.

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It is only proper that if you are in LA that you find your way to one of the major studios. We chose to tour the Warner Brothers studio in Burbank. The studio tour was great as we got to see sets both inside and outside and even learn some of the tricks of the trade. It was amazing to see how the same set can be used over and over for different shows by simply changing a little paint, decals, etc.

That's all folks!

That’s all folks!

Friends!

Friends!

After the studio tour we headed to Venice beach to check out the eclectic sights. From “medical marijuana” shops to Muscle beach we got to see people from all walks of life. It really was a bit of a freak show. Anyone who thinks they have a talent is trying to perform it and collect a few bucks from the crowd. We saw, break dancers, musicians, jugglers, someone walking on broken glass, skateboarders, hippies on bikes, and people dressed in all sorts of unusual ways. LA definitely is the place where people “try” to make their dreams come true. What do you call an aspiring actress in LA?……waitress!

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Now back to Santa Monica and some dinner at the third street promenade. The Hummus Bar was a nice Mediterranean meal and the kids got to try some new foods. Also checked out more aspiring talents trying to make a few bucks.

Finally we hit the Santa Monica pier for more amusement park rides. The kids apparently didn’t get enough at Disneyland (I think they just wanted to torture me). On the pier there is a kiosk selling end of Rt 66 wares. I talked to the guy behind the counter who was fairly knowledgeable about the famous road. The Georgian Hotel (our hotel) was built in 1931 a few years before the end of Rt 66 was moved into Santa Monica. The Georgian became the hotel to stay in for those traveling the route to the end. Seems fitting that we ended up there as well.

Had to say good bye to Adam and Surreina yesterday. It was great to spend the time with them but now we had to move on. Shout out to them and a great big thanks for being our tour guides here in LA.

Today we are off to San Diego for the last leg of our trip. Hope to hit the pacific coast highway for part of our ride.

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