Continuing from part 1 of our USA vacation... we finally arrived in Los Angeles about 1am and finally arrived at our hotel just a bit after 2am. Luckily we don't have a tour starting the next day, just a free and easy day out with my dad's cousin. So we get to sleep in.
Day 8 - The next morning, my dad's cousin and his wife brought us to Hollywood and we did take a sightseeing tour after all, to view the Hollywood sign and homes of celebrities. Very interesting indeed and while I'd love to have all that money, I am grateful that my life is not exposed to the public eye all the time. We did a bit of shopping in the afternoon before having dinner with another of my dad's cousin, whom he has not met for over 40 years!
|Hollywood Walk of Fame - the first star I took a picture with, Bruce Lee!|
|In front of the Chinese Theatre, home to major movie premieres|
|Be careful as you tend to get harassed by costumed clad people here. At least this statue didn't ask for a tip.|
|One for the Star Trek fans|
|There is a weight limit on vehicles going through the roads leading to the Hollywood sign. This is as close as the tour bus could take us.|
|Have not met for over 40 years!|
|Welcome to the Mojave Desert|
|The 'other' Statue of Liberty|
|Inside the grand Venetian Hotel|
|Volcano show in front of Hotel Mirage|
Day 10 - an extremely early morning departure at 5am for the Grand Canyon. We went to the West Rim and the views were gorgeous! No need for further description, see pictures below. On the way back to Vegas, we stopped by the Hoover Dam - which impounds Lake Mead, the largest reservoir in US by volume.
|At the bottom the summit|
|On top of the summit|
|Don't look down!|
|Re-enacting music videos of the late 80s, all we need now are rollerskates!|
|Bought some nice Danish pastries here|
Day 13 - San Francisco tour, starting off with a stop at Stanford University, some pretty amazing architecture here - giving a Spanish cathedral feel. In San Francisco, we took the cruise to the Golden Gate bridge and around Alcatraz. Finishing off the remainder of the day exploring the city on our own.
|Li-Ann getting excited looking at the sea lions|
|Palace of Fine Arts|
|Climbing up the steep 27% gradient on Lombard Street to view the zig zag road|
|I wouldn't want to ride my bike down that slope!|
|There was a run event going on that day|
|Some nice autumn colours!|
|Chicago Triathlon Way|
|Cloud Gate Sculpture a.k.a the Bean. This was my main reason for coming to Chicago!|
|Can you spot us?|
|Chicago River, where many boat chase movie scenes are shot|
|Bikes for rent for $7 for a 30 minute journey|
|Train tracks right above with no road dividers. I hope there are no incidents of cars colliding into these pillars!|
|My second reason for coming to Chicago|