Sunday, March 22, 2009

California Trip-part 4

Hurray for Hollywood!

For our last day in California, we decided to go for it and hit Hollywood Boulevard, the day before the Academy Awards. We felt very adventurous and proud of ourselves, not only to plan it, but to make it there and take it all in. Can you say TOURIST? We were in the throngs of the crowd, weaseling their way into the Kodak Theatre and Hollywood and Highland just to get a glimpse of the actual red carpet and the Gold Oscar Statues that line the steps.

A few glimpses from the Kodak!

We also headed down the Blvd to see the Historic Chinese Theatre and the Hollywood walk of Fame. Did you know even Billy Graham has a star? I found that very interesting. . don't you?

Our favorite hand prints and footprints in the cement:
Roy Rogers and Trigger!
Shirley Temple, I thought this one was precious!

After a few tourist shots, we headed for a delicious lunch on the top level of Hollywood and Highland for yummy pizza. Our lunch spot overlooked the entire inside courtyard of Hollywood and Highland and from our spot we could watch as the Oscar "crews" anxiously worked to get ready for their huge next day!

Finally I captured a shot of my sweet hubby from our lunch spot. For those of you that know J, he was totally playing the Hollywood role!

That evening we had our most favorite dinner left. Dinner at Wolfgang Puck's Spago in Beverly Hills. A trip to Las Vegas and lunch at Spago in Caesar's Palace left both of us wondering if we would ever make it to the fabulous restaurant in California, never knowing we would even head that far west. We eagerly dressed for a night out and were even early for our reservation. We knew this would be a dinner to remember. We started with yummy appetizers, breads, and drinks. . then all of a sudden. . J says under his breath, "W, there he is. . look." Of course, the airhead I am, I said who? Simply because the entire week, we had been looking for famous people everywhere! He says, "Him, The Wolfgang Puck!" Those of you that even follow a minute of the Oscars and the parties that follow know that he caters the one and only Governor's Ball attended by 1300 people. That was the night to follow, yet there he was in his restaurant graciously thanking people for coming in and complimenting him on the food. He was even gracious enough to talk to the Beverly Hillbillies from Georgia and snap a quick photo. He even gave us an autograph for J's mother who is a huge fan of the culinary arts. This evening topped off our trip with a bang, we went to bed, rested and headed home to see our fabulous 10 kiddos that waited at home!

The Beverly Hillbillies and Wolfgang Puck!


Julie said...

So loved reading about all this!! Sounds so fun:0)... when are you due?????

Teresa @ Grammy Girlfriend said...

I have loved reading about your trip and have looked forward to the next post.

Sounds like a wonderful trip and I love all the pictures.


georgiamom said...

Too bad we didn't see any famous people in the Smokies!

Mom of Eleven said...

I am due in June!! Preparing for another BABY girl!

Mom of Eleven said...

Georgia Mom,
I thought I did see some extras that played in Deliverance back in the 80s. For sure, the man at our Gem Mining locale was in the movie!

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