Hollywood Boulevard – you can visit, but don’t need

The Hollywood Boulevard exudes charm because not as one might think.

On the way from Monterey to Anaheim we made a short stop in Hollywood and on Hollywood Boulevard. We want to go the next day to the Universal Studios and for that we had bought the Go LA Card online. This card you can pick up at two locations, one of that was the Hollywood and Highland Mall right next to the Dolby Theatre. So we exit the traffic jam on the highway and had the next traffic jam on the short way to the Dolby Theatre.

But we also have survived this and have parked directly under the Dolby Theatre. I had been there in 2009 and knew what to expect. It has not much in common with the glamor of Hollywood. Once you go into a side street, the experience is something completely different. The Hollywood Boulevard is still OK, but again, you realize that something is wrong. There is no corner where I would stop by long. Everything full of tourists, dirty and the locals are not all so reassuring.

Of course, the Mall and also the Dolby Theatre is well maintained, but all in all I do not have to visit this area again. So we have picked up in the mall the tickets and after that we go a few meters up and down Hollywood Boulevard. In the souvenir shop with the great name of La La Land, we even found German confectionery. The price I unfortunately do not remember, but it was extremely expensive.

This part of the city did not convince me, even after my 2nd visit. On my next visit I spend more time in San Francisco.

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Highway 1 from Monterey to Los Angeles

Highway 1 from Monterey to Los Angeles

Highway 1 is a true highlight in good weather.

After one night in Monterey we continued our trip from San Francisco to Los Angeles. The schedule was very tight, but it was clear to us from the beginning. Either you have to emphasize some or you have some stress. We opted for the more stressful variant. 

The plan for the day was therefore to drive from Monterey to Los Angeles on Highway 1. After some research on the Internet the route after Monterey should be the most beautiful. The plan was also that we then take Santa Barbara and Malibu along the way. But to say it at the beginning, in the end we make a different route.

Thanks to the not made notes, I can not say exactly when we are starting the trip, it was just as bright that you could see everything. The early rise was unfortunately not completely avoidable, because the route is quite long and you indeed can not drive so fast.

We have lost already at the beginning more or less the schedule, because you want to stop really on every little parking bay on the side. Always with the feeling you missed something.

After the sun came out and the first few miles were driven we were happy. We should have the whole day great weather, which is not always given on Hwy. 1. It is great fun to drive the curvy and mountainous route (at least for me, my wife was not so impressed 😉 ) and at every turn there was a new thing to see. The highlight was then at a higher point. We are normally driven into the parking lot and it was a couple on the spot. They looked very curious on the ocean. We then realized quite quickly why, there were some whales. At least 9 whales cavorting close to the coast and had breakfast there. The couple had disappeared quite quickly and so we stood there alone in the morning sun and have observed the whales. Wow.

Despite all the planning we were not so concerned with the lunch, and have to go buy in the middle of nowhere in a small shop a great sandwiches for the microwave. That with the microwave, we have only understood after we had looked in the package. After warming up in the microwave it actually smelled delicious, but unfortunately just only smelled.

The beginning of the track was really the most beautiful, the closer we got to the south the views getting more unexciting. As of Highway 1 will no longer be led directly along the coast and we had enough of everything, we make the decision to take another route to arrive at quicker. Actually we wanted still take Malibu, but the traffic give us later the rest. The closer we came to Los Angeles, the more traffic we got.

Spontaneously, we got to the Hollywood Boulevard. But about this in a different post more soon. After the short visit we went to Anaheim. There we moved into our motel room which was just 15 minutes walking distance from Disney. Thanks to the Wyndham reservation site I had reserved 3 rooms in the motel and each about 600 $. Of course I wanted only one, and the nice lady has cancelled the other two. I still thought it was a stupid accident, but this situation should often happen in this vacation. The evening we end with a sumptuous meal at the Cheesecake Factory and fell quite early and totally exhausted into bed.

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17 Mile Drive – highlight of the Monterey Peninsula

17 Mile Drive, there are many great lookouts.

The 17 Mile Drive stand in our program of the day before the sunset. As Napa Valley turned out to be not quite as well worth seeing, we were already ahead of schedule on 17 Mile Drive. We are leave directly Highway 1 and stood at one of the entrances. The 17 Mile Drive is the main street of the gated community of Pebble Beach, is managed by the Pebble Beach Company and costs for a 10 $ entrance fee.

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As the name suggests it, the road is 17 miles long and winds through the mountains and along the coast. On the way there are many viewpoints which are also shown on the map that you got at the entrance. But who wants to, can stand more often, just should not go to the numerous private houses you.

On the site there are numerous, sometimes quite lush, houses and even golf courses. But the most interesting are of course the really great viewpoints.

At the beginning ist is not so spectacular with a view through the forest to the sea. But at the coast there are great corners and the Lone Cypress is probably the most famous viewpoint.

 

Who ride the Highway 1, should definitely schedule the 17 Mile Drive. It was really nice, but if the fuel display would have begun to glow just before entrance, we would been much more relaxed. If you approach it quite relaxed, you can spend several hours and shoot thousands of photos there.

To the US in the Lufthansa Business Class

Enjoy the luxury of the Lufthansa Business Class.

On August 27, it finally happened, the big US vacation (our honeymoon) could finally begin. The whole trip was planned months in advance and was packed with a lot of highlights. The rough route was San Francisco, Los Angeles, Las Vegas and Orlando. We have also visited some amusement parks and national parks. But more in the next few weeks. Rejoice forward to great pictures and reports from the sun;-)

The first highlight of the vacation was the flight. With the help of the Miles & More program we flew Business Class. I have collected over many years miles and rewrite my Payback points into miles. When it came to the book, lacking only a few miles. So we then quickly finished a magazine subscription and thus get the last few miles.

When booking, we already had to be somewhat flexible in order to get matching flights. The flight schedule was a bit sporty but thanks to Business Class thoroughly enjoyable. We are first flown from Hamburg to Frankfurt, then from there it went in an A380 directly to San Francisco. About 2 weeks later, we flew with United from Las Vegas via Houston to Orlando. About one week then our last flight directly to Frankfurt. Ale flights were business class, with all its amenities.

The first major difference to fly in economy class is the baggage. Instead of 1 x 23 kg free baggage allowance you may take 2 x 32 kg in Business Class. But that’s not all. In the Economy is allowed to take 1 piece of hand luggage with 10 kg, plus one personal item. In business there are 2 x 15 kg plus the personal item.

We had of course selected our seats in advance and even checked in from home. At the airport came the next bonus, drop of the baggage without standing in a line.

On the short-haul business class is not quite as necessary. It has more legroom and of the 3 seats only the 2 outer are occupied. The middle seat serves as additional storage space. A great surprise was that they even served on the short flight a small breakfast and beverages. Who now thinks it was a sandwich or something similar, it was far from it. The breakfast was great for our circumstances. We have become well fed.

In Frankfurt we made ourselves in the business class lounge comfortably, to wait for our next flight. There you gets everything. At the large buffet area there are fruits, breakfast and more. Whether water, soft drink, wine or beer, everything can be taken in self-service. In the cozy armchairs the time went pretty quickly.

With the flight from Frankfurt to San Francisco a dream come true, once flying Business Class. Another highlight was of course the airplane, the A380 makes already in Economy fun. A great aircraft.
But the business class is of course even better. Almost the entire upper deck of the machine was Business Class. We went in and had to go through to the end because our seats were the last. Upon entering you felt something funny, always keep in mind that you will fly itself on such a seat. Having arrived at our seats, we had to sort ourselves first of all. So much space and a lot of stuff had to be processed once.
Hardly arrived, “our” flight attendant came straight to us and has called us by name. My first thought was actually that I’ve done something wrong and must go elsewhere 😉 But no, that’s just the way in Business Class. After a short welcome we got already something to drink. Water, champagne and orange juice were available.

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Apart from an extensive entertainment system of course you have plenty of space. Front legs laying on the footrest, move the seat in all imaginable directions, everything is possible and you travel really relaxed. Alone the Bose headphones are already a stunner. Almost all sounds around you be filtered out and you don’t hear that you are on a plane.

When you have familiarized yourself with everything, there is again something to drink and some nuts as a snack. Followed by a hot towel, menu cards … It is constantly busy;-)

For food you could choose from various starters, main courses and desserts and a wide selection of drinks was available.

Of course, we always ordered something else to try as much as possible. The entire meal was delicious, not to be compared with the Economy food. Real dishes and each course is passed on a plate, fantastic.

Then we watched a movie before we make ourselves comfortable. The seat can be made completely flat and you can lay down. Of course, an ordinary blanket and a pillow is not missing.

In between, there is of course always something to drink not only on request. Even a small snack is offered again. I half slept and therefore I ate nothing more. But it was schnitzel with potato salad, antipasti and 2 other things. Shortly before landing was then again offered something to eat. A small snack.

During the flight, neither hunger nor thirst come on. The service was always friendly and quick, after all there is a flight attendant for 12 passengers available. The toilet is the same as in Economy Class, but there are various toiletries available.

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It was thought at the beginning that a direct flight to San Francisco with 11,5 hours could be hard, but after the arrival we are surprised that we already there. To travel in business class is a very big difference. Also after arrival you can still somewhat and is not completely exhausted.

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My conclusion, we’ll be back! Although in some frequent flyer boards is the Lufthansa Business Class rated as poor, for me it was enough. Who can not afford the luxury is more than satisfied. I am already looking forward to it, may hope to experience this again.

Images of the return flight in a Boeing 747 and the meals offered there are coming at the end of my reports.

 

The big US tour is unfortunately finished.

After about 3 weeks, the US tour is already over.

Meanwhile, we are again well received in Germany, have recovered from the US tour, accustomed to the normal daily routine and the not so great weather.

The workup of the holiday here on the blog will probably still take some time to complete. But with the great photos you can then super bridge the winter.

In short, the holiday was fantasticWe have in the 3 ½ weeks in addition to the Business Class flights from Hamburg-Frankfurt-San Francisco, Las Vegas-Houston-Orlando and Orlando-Frankfurt set back by car about 5,000 km, were in 6 states, several amusement parks and national parks and have married again in Las Vegas.

Although I have restrained myself quite well, but almost 4000 pictures were taken, which must be looked now.

So rejoice in the coming weeks, to view a lot of images, reports, restaurant recommendations and more. A trip to the United States.