Golden Getaway: We've got razzle, dazzle, convertibles, mobile phones and tanned bodies. We're here to be seen on the strip in LA!
Los Angeles is America's second-largest city and has an amazing cultural mix. Sunset Boulevard has been immortalised in song and on film and runs 56km through Malibu, Pacific Palisades, Brentwood, Westwood, Beverly Hills, Bel Air, Hollywood and West Hollywood. Driving the boulevard from start to finish is quite an experience, winding past the most expensive and luxurious real estate in the world mansions with perfectly-manicured gardens, home to movie stars and moguls.
There just aren't enough words to describe this thoroughfare busy, flirtatious, outrageous, loud and proud. It's a big magnet for tourists who wonder what famous person they will see, they even pay money for maps showing where the stars live.
Bel Air is the most expensive area along the way. It is walled off and entry is by strict security gates only.
The part of Sunset Boulevard known as Sunset Strip is a stretch of about three kilometres, contained within Beverly Hills and West Hollywood.
The coolest of cool streets actually became a city in 1984 and offers endless selections of shops, restaurants, bars, nightclubs and hotels. Shopping along the Strip is not the best there is in Los Angeles. You will need to head to Rodeo Drive and Wilshire Boulevard where you will find plenty of places to spend your dollars.
Tower Records boasts of being the world's largest record store. Once you start browsing it's hard to get out without adding to your CD collection. The Guitar Centre has been selling guitars and other musical instruments for almost 40 years and has concrete handprints of some of the world's best-known string strummers who have shopped there.
Some of the night spots worth a look at are The Viper Room, Roxbury, Whisky a Go-Go, The Comedy Store where many now famous funny people got their start and the House of Blues.
Famous hotels such as the pink Beverly Hills, Chateau Marmont, Hyatt and Mondrian seem almost familiar if you have been to enough movies. They are all famous or infamous for one reason or another and very much part of the Hollywood legend.
Love it or hate it, you can’t help but marvel at the extravagance of this Boulevard and those who live and play on it.
Driving in North America is not as difficult as you may think. Freeways are a breeze and all you need is a good map and to remember to stay on the other side of the road! You might like to consider renting yourself a Mustang Convertible to get yourself around.