Just flew back into Melbourne after a great week in LA, V Australia was Great except for the trip home when a computer malfunction in LA made us an hour late flying out & flowed onto sydnet where we had to drag our bags from the international terminal to the domestic which wasnt apreciated after a 14 hour flight, but in flight they where great comfortable seats, great in flight entertainment all in all would go with them again.
we stayed at the Sheraton Anaheim on Sth harbor boulevard, had stayed there before when it was westcoast anaheim 7 years ago, really great hotel and the service was excellent you also get a $100 card to use through out the hotel & restaurants there, clean rooms serviced daily & Tim the concierge couldnt help enough, 10 mins to disneyland, the only complaint was we hited a car & to park it there was $18US a day, you would have thought this would be free being a guest.
we did Disneyland, California Adventure & Universal, all three amazing, your never too old, at universal you can pay an extra $40 and get a front of line pass, no waiting in lines this will buy you an extra 2-3 hours in the park saving you waiting time, money well spent, you also get a behind the scenes look at waterworld & meet the cast once the show is over.
we hired a yellow mustang from anaheim car rentals, WOW cruising the highways in this car was amazing at $80 a day pretty cheap to feel like a celeb, the Sat Nav is a must and really made the driving easy.
What really grabbed me about the american people was their focus on service, being restaurants, the parks, the hotel, they where all polite & nothing was too much, restaurant service was quick wherever we went & portions HUGE and prices very reasonable every where, there is no shortage of eateries either.
Madame tussauds in Hollywood is a must the wax museum is excellent & the stars lifelike, worth a visit, Santa monica pier is amazing to stroll through, Venice beach on the weekends is a freak show, sidewalk shows & plenty of stores to buy t shirts souvenirs, food is cheap and plentiful, watching the guys in the muscle Gym showing off their bodies is one for the ladies & the guys playing Basketball is hilarious, they go at it very seriuosly but its very entertaining, worth sitting down for half an hour to take it all in.
Rodeo Drive is really how the other half live amazing designer shops you really need to have a lot of money to buy from, I actually felt uncomfortable walking into them, amazing cars parked in the streets, a really nice strip, we parked under 2 Rodeo Drive, you get valet parking and the 1st 2 hours free, we didnt spot any stars we could recognise anyway.
All in all we had an amazing time california is amazing an the weather was mid 30's celcius everyday,
Highlights, the IHOP breakfast. chocolate peanut butter milkshakes at Johnny Rockets, the block on Orange in Anaheim, stumbled across it on a Saturday night a variety of of shops in an outdoor mall. my visit to Chip Foose's workshop in Huntington Beach, as Im a car nut and watch his show on TV it was amazing strolling through his workshop & seeing his projects. and of course the theme parks All very well set out and heaps of fun for all ages.
Thanks USA we will be back soon!