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Universal Studios

Universal globe at the entry (© 2010 Bernd Neeser)I think no L. A. trip will be complete without visiting the Universal Studios Hollywood. We did, together with Jake, Amber and Eric!

We spent most of the day with the awesome movie-related rides and shows like Terminator 2: 3D, the House of Horror,  the Revenge of the Mummy rollercoaster and the Jurassic Park Ride that ends with a 26 meter almost free fall. People who have been to an amusement park with me before know that I LOVE rollercoasters and especially free-fall towers ;-) Honestly, when we rode the rollercoaster – like Amber told me afterwards – I screamed like a little girl. Car from Jurassic Park (© 2010 Bernd Neeser)But what really scared me to death was The Simpsons Ride which is not even a real ride but just the most realistic 4D simulation I have ever seen. I promise, if you`re afraid of heights you`re gonna die on that ride!!!

At last we did the Studio Tour where you can see all the sets and stage props from world famous movies and TV series. We saw the wreckage of a crashed Boeing from War of the World, the Motel from Psycho, cars from Jurassic Park and the whole Wisteria Lane from Desperate Housewives! House in Wisteria Lane (Desperate Housewives) (© 2010 Bernd Neeser)There is another 4D simulation with the world largest 3D screens, special effects like exploding cars or an earthquake in the Metro and of course – my parents already told me before – the Great White from Stephen Spielberg`s Jaws.

- Bernd -

Sightseeing in L.A.

When you think about Los Angeles, and especially Hollywood, certain sights just come to your mind like:

- Grauman’s Chinese Theatre where generations of screen legends have left their imprints in cement,

- the Hollywood sign whose letters are about 15 meters tall,

- Hollywood Boulevard with it’s Walk of Fame that honors more than 2000 celebreties with brass stars embedded in the sidewalk,

- Kodak Theatre which hosts the Academy Award and other events…

…speaking about that, beeing at the right place the right time can be fun as on last Sunday there happened to be the premiere of the new movie “Legend of the Guardians“.

Besides those tourist magnets there are some other things that actually haven’t been on our to do list but we were quite happy to be drawn in such as:

The Hollywood Museum in the traditional Max Faktor building. This museum not only exibits hundreds of original movie treasures like Indiana Jone’s whip and hat but also showes the history of one of world’s biggest make-up company (the girls will know). But the actual highlight is the original jail cell and surrounding from Hannibal Lecter’s Silence of the Lambs – Goosebumbs assured!!!

Another place we visited was The Original Farmers Market south of Hollywood, where in middle of the 20th century farmers would offer their harvest. Today it’s more like an outdoor museum with plenty of food stalls that try to preserve the atmosphere of former times. It’s a great place to experience a bit of the American way of life – today’s as well as the one of the 1960′s.

- Isabell -

Hollywood! (© 2010 Bernd Neeser)
Hollywood! (© 2010 Bernd Neeser)
Isabell walking down Hollywood Boulevard (© 2010 Bernd Neeser)
Isabell walking down Hollywood Boulevard (© 2010 Bernd Neeser)
Michael Jacksons “bad” outfit ;) (© 2010 Bernd Neeser)
Michael Jacksons “bad” outfit ;) (© 2010 Bernd Neeser)
Hannibal Lecter`s jail cell (© 2010 Bernd Neeser)
Hannibal Lecter`s jail cell (© 2010 Bernd Neeser)
Rocky`s boxing gloves (© 2010 Bernd Neeser)
Rocky`s boxing gloves (© 2010 Bernd Neeser)
That`s what shopping malls in Hollywood look like… (© 2010 Bernd Neeser)
That`s what shopping malls in Hollywood look like… (© 2010 Bernd Neeser)
Playing kids in the outdoor shopping mall (© 2010 Bernd Neeser)
Playing kids in the outdoor shopping mall (© 2010 Bernd Neeser)
Premier of “Legend of the Guardians” (© 2010 Bernd Neeser)
Premier of “Legend of the Guardians” (© 2010 Bernd Neeser)
Interview with some guy at the movie premier (© 2010 Bernd Neeser)
Interview with some guy at the movie premier (© 2010 Bernd Neeser)
Farmer`s Market (© 2010 Bernd Neeser)
Farmer`s Market (© 2010 Bernd Neeser)
Mmmmmh – Donuts! (© 2010 Bernd Neeser)
Mmmmmh – Donuts! (© 2010 Bernd Neeser)
The peanut butter machine! (Farmer`s Market) (© 2010 Bernd Neeser)
The peanut butter machine! (Farmer`s Market) (© 2010 Bernd Neeser)
Isabell in the sticker wonderland (Farmer`s Market) (© 2010 Bernd Neeser)
Isabell in the sticker wonderland (Farmer`s Market) (© 2010 Bernd Neeser)
Tea shop (Farmer`s Market) (© 2010 Bernd Neeser)
Tea shop (Farmer`s Market) (© 2010 Bernd Neeser)
Isabell leaning on an oldtimer (© 2010 Bernd Neeser)
Isabell leaning on an oldtimer (© 2010 Bernd Neeser)
The Chinese Theatre (© 2010 Bernd Neeser)
The Chinese Theatre (© 2010 Bernd Neeser)
Isabell with the imprints of Humphrey Bogart (© 2010 Bernd Neeser)
Isabell with the imprints of Humphrey Bogart (© 2010 Bernd Neeser)
Imprints of Emma Watson, Daniel Radcliffe and Rupert Grint (© 2010 Bernd Neeser)
Imprints of Emma Watson, Daniel Radcliffe and Rupert Grint (© 2010 Bernd Neeser)
Bernd with the imprints of Arnie (© 2010 Isabell Gernert)
Bernd with the imprints of Arnie (© 2010 Isabell Gernert)