The next day was yet another early drive for us! Checking out Beverley Hills the afternoon we arrived. Feasted on good sandwiches at La Patisserie. We invaded Hollywood at Night where I finally got to be in the home of the stars! Saw the hand prints and the famous Hollywood stars all over the ground! It was chilly but we had great shabu-shabu dinner with Aunty Lele and Uncle Charlie! :-)
The following day was Thanksgiving! Wheee!!! We headed to checkout so many tourist attractions! Universal Studios City walk, The Grove, Farmers Market, Beverly Boulevard. Then we had our Turkey Treat at Norms! A lot of shops were close of course during thanksgiving but we were definitely most after the feel of the place. That's all that mattered to us.
The next day was our last day in LA and we had to cap that by going to the Happiest Place on earth! -- Disney California Adventure which was the new extension of Disneyland! I haven't been there for over 10 years so it was already worth revisiting! Thought it was a good idea since loads of people still go for the original Disneyland Park. The benefit for us was of course less people and shorter queues for DCA. Soaring California was our first stop where we got to witness varied views of all California highlights while riding a giant swing! There were different scents per place we visited. Palm Springs, Golden Gate Bridge, LA, Yosemite etc!
We checked out the Grizzly River Ride which I'm sure King will enjoy! It had 2 drops guaranteed to get you wet and wild hehe! We had this cute kid Riley riding with 5 of us making the ride all the more worth remembering! We put a check on Ariel's Under the Sea adventures which was a recap of the Little Mermaid story! Also revisited Muppets Vision 4D, Monstropolis, and of course DCA's rendition of the Aladdin! :-) Diane and I went for the Hollywood Tower which I remember being so afraid of as a child! We were on Fast Pass thus a quicker line up. The elevator took us from one floor to another as we headed to the top. You get to witness the old look of the hotel every time the elevator door swung open. People started getting zapped digitally. There was a mirror with our reflections getting zapped as well. This ride unlike the one I've tried out in Orlando was dropping up and down like crazy! It was fun! Got us awake for sure! We rushed to the Paradise Pier where Jenix, Aunty Lele and Uncle Charlie waited to watch Disney's view of Bellagio. It was a marvelous recap of all my Disney favorites! From Aladdin to Beauty and the Beast, Toy Story, Little Mermaid and the list goes in a hologram effect amidst the misty fountains in full rainbow colored effect. Such a great way to end the trip! Brought us all into a state of high for weeks and even until today!
We had to get up early for a road trip of a life time! :-) We headed for the famous Grand Canyon!!! It was one large pretty sight. Brought the tripod to take photos of the three of us together! Some people would ride the helicopter. We were content with the basic package. I almost wasn't very much interested to check out the Canyons anymore at some point. I said I didn't need to waste so much hours just to view rocks. I was wrong it's a wonderful must see! I forgot to mention that we encountered some adventures before we even reached our perfect destination. We actually overdrove and ended up somewhere along Route 66! It was only later on when we realized that it was the famous scene of the movie Cars! As we drove,we witnessed views of vast rocky red mountains and a desert covered with cacti. This was a first time for me. I've seen almost all of natures wonders except the desert. It was cold and pretty despite the nothingness! We drove back to PH that same night to sleep it out! :-)
All about the traveling Queen who wanted to share with the world the little and great discoveries that have brought her joy.