To Los Angeles (July 9, 2009)

Route toward Los Angeles and walk on Hollywood Boulevard.


The travel was almost finished when we left the Mother Road. The Route 66 atmosphere disappeared when we arrived in the greater Los Angeles area.
Los Angeles, The City of Angels, is the world capital of cinema but Los Angeles road traffic is well known to be the most congested in the United States. L.A. is a very vast city where it is difficult to move without a car.
We had booked our 2 last nights on Hollywood Boulevard. The location is quiet good because we were close to the Walk of Fame and the airport and beaches are not so far.
It is a nice motel with rooms that look out to a calm courtyard and pool. Moreover the welcome was very nice.

After check in at the motel, we walked on the famous Walk of Fame. Hollywood Walk of Fame is embedded with more than 2,000 five-pointed stars and runs east to west on Hollywood Boulevard from Gower Street to La Brea Avenue. Stars are given in five categories: motion pictures, television, recording, radio and live theatre. Most of names on stars are unknown to us as in France we know only actors and singers, but it is easy to find celebrities if we look at the ground. The Walk of Fame began with 2,500 blank stars. A total of 1,558 stars were awarded during its first sixteen months. Since then, about two stars have been added per month.
Walk of Fame is one of the area's most visited landmarks, gift shops are numerous. The most popular product was the Michael Jackson “Pop is Dead” t-shirt, he has just passed away 10 days before. A crowd gathered around a star. Is it Michael Jackson’s star? Yes it is. Many of the fans offered flowers and candles on the star.
Then we spent time around celebrity handprints, footprints, and autographs in the concrete of the Grauman’s Chinese Theatre’s forecourt.

In the evening, we went to Amoeba Music, one of the largest independent music stores in the world which can be considered as a Hollywood landmark and came back to the hotel before having dinner in a Thai restaurant.

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Michael Jackson's star on Walk of Fame.

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Amoeba Music.

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