Day 2: New Years Day


Hooray for Hollywood


After the Bowl, we headed to our new hotel. It's a simple Best Western but apparently in a very historical building. In talking to the front desk man, we were told that many movies and TV shows were filmed there... including Swingers and Sex in the City. Most of the shots were of the cute coffee shop/cafe in front called "The 101". It has all that classic 70s LA look that really makes the experience real. Even the rooms in the hotel are classic... all the rooms look out to a central courtyard with a blue-tiled pool. It's a really great scene and a perfect place to stay in Hollywood!

Once we checked-in, we headed out to see the tourist sights. We drove down Hollywood Blvd to the Kodak Theater and the Hollywood&Highland complex, honking and giving a "Hook 'em" to any Texas fans we saw on the street. We parked underneath the Theater and walked into the lobby. All along the lobby were pillars displaying the "Best Picture" winners since the beginning of the Oscars.

Out on the street were several people dressed up in costume. Spider Man, Chewbacca, a Pirate... and several others who we didn't recognize. We walked into the Chinese Theater area where all of the handprint/footprint blocks are. It's amazing to see some of the origional sets from the 30s that are still around and just as preserved as any of the newer squares.

We then walked into the Hollywood&Highland mall. It had a really great feel with huge pillars and holiday decorations... almost like Ben Hur meets White Christmas. We meandered around there for a while before heading over to the Disney store to see if we could purchase tickets to the park.

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Hotel lobby
Hotel lobby
View from our window
View from our window
The 101 Coffee Shop
The 101 Coffee Shop
The Kodak Theater
The Kodak Theater
In front of the Chinese Theater
In front of the Chinese Theater
Julie Andrews on the Walk of Fame
Julie Andrews on the Walk of Fame