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The City of Los Angeles

It’s me! Matt Stone. It was our last full day in Los Angeles and we decided to see some local sights. We travelled to Griffith Park to hike up the hill to the world famous Griffith Observatory made famous by Hollywood movies and containing an amazing science museum and of course the observatory. We then went and met our friend James for lunch and ended up at Santa Monica beach and the Pier where my brother Morgan finally got to have a go on his skateboard.

On our trip to Los Angeles where we spent most of our time at Disneyland, Anaheim (video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jY1DTQZ25vA), we also did a day trip into the California desert along Route 66 as far as we could drive in half a day (video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=girtVmd_dow).

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The locations were:

Griffith Park, Los Angeles, CA USA – https://www.laparks.org/griffithpark
Griffith Observatory, Los Angeles, CA, USA – http://griffithobservatory.org
Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica, CA, USA – https://santamonicapier.org

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Filmed with a Canon G1x Mk II/Gorillapod Hybrid.

Travel Vlog: Route 66 Roadtrip 2011

This is a vlog I made 5 years ago with my wife Dianne while travelling along the Historic Route 66 Highway. It’s a collection of short video’s I took on my digital camera mostly during travel in the car between Chicago, Illinois and San Francisco, California (via Las Vegas and Los Angeles).

We mostly stuck to old alignments of Route 66 and tried to avoid using the often adjacent Interstate highways as much as possible which often meant meandering along at 40mph on a frontage road for miles next to the Interstate! We followed directions in the brilliant and informative book EZ66 Guide for Travellers in addition to the map view on our sat nav to view upcoming street names (it’s impossible to use a sat nav to get directions for Route 66 as the road doesn’t officially exist anymore except for historic designations).

I haven’t included any photos of the trip in order to keep this vlog short but if you’d like to view more pictures and read up on our adventure in more detail check out my other travel blogs from 2011 here on this site. If you’re planning a trip and have any questions or would like booking or accommodation tips just leave a comment below and I’ll do my best to help.

EZ66 Guide for Travellers – http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/0970995199 (UK) or http://amzn.com/0970995199 (USA)

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Filmed with a Fujifilm XP30

We’re coming home

Because we didn’t have access to WiFi for long enough in our hotel (it was ridiculously priced!) I didn’t have time to write my blog on Hollywood and San Francisco, so I thought I’d do it now.

I’m currently in San Francisco International Airport where I get 45 minutes of free WiFi so I thought I’d write a quick blog before we board our plane for the 10 hour journey home.

Hollywood was busy, and full of crazy people. Within minutes of stepping onto the famous Walk of Fame some guy thrust a demo CD into my hand and somehow I gave him $3 for it! Basically got mugged with a smile. On the 2nd day we decided to go on a tour of the Warner Brothers studio where they have filmed thousands of famous tv shows and movies such as Friends, Chuck, The Ellen Show, The Matrix, Dukes of Hazzard, 2 and a Half Men, The Perfect Storm, The Yogi Bear Movie, Scooby Doo The Movie, and so many more. The best part was our tour guide explained that the same streets and sets on the studio backlot had been used in countless movies and tv shows. All they have to do is dress it up slightly differently each time!

After a long drive along the California Coast road and a stop over in a little coastal town called Monterey we reached our final destination San Francisco and had to say goodbye to our little car which had shared the journey with us.

San Francisco is an incredibly interesting place, and not just because it’s the hilliest city in the world! It has something for everyone, and also quite a few homeless people, most of which are completely nuts.

We spent the first day riding the Cable Cars and the Street Trolleys (Trams to the rest of the world), and the next day we had booked two amazing experiences. A Segway Tour of the city, and a journey to Alcatraz Island. The Segway trip was awesome and I highly recommend to anyone to try one if you get the opportunity, and Alcatraz Island was incredibly interesting and although I’m not normally a fan of the Audio Tours you can carry around in famous places, I don’t think I would of learnt so much about the prison and its history without the tour.

So we’ve come to the end of our holiday and the last of my Route 66 Roadtrip blogs, but if you’ve enjoyed reading about our travels then keep checking back as I fully intend to continue blogging about interesting things that happen in my daily life.

See you all soon!


SharonStone1I haven’t had a chance to write a blog while in LA as we have been using this as a chance to relax.

We are off to drive the California Coastal Highway tomorrow upto Monterey before continuing on to San Francisco. The next time i have Internet I will update you all on our time in Hollywood.