Los Angeles, California, USA

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I visited Los Angeles, California in February 2007 just before the Oscars. Walking up and down Hollywood Boulevard is certainly an experience, but amongst the crowds and the stars we also saw all the set-up going on in preparation for the Oscars and dropped upon a small exhibition where we got to hold a real Oscar statue, which was indeed quite heavy.

The Chinese Theatre (pictured) was the hub of all the activity and was thronging with tourists and costumed locals vying for a dollar or two to have their picture taken with you. I sang with Elvis and hung out with Spiderman, naturally! The theatre is really spectacular with its coral coloured columns rising up from the courtyard and holding up a wrought iron mask apiece and the huge bronze roof. The carved stone dragon plaque in the centre is 30 feet tall and guards the entrance of Grauman’s masterpiece. The theatre first opened on my birthday (May 18th) in 1927 and is still a sought after venue for film premiers today.

Top tip for Hollywood: LA will certainly eat up your budget if you let it, but an afternoon wandering the Boulevard in the sunshine with a fruit smoothie and spotting your favourite stars on sidewalk (pavement), costs almost nothing. I also recommend Universal Studios if budget allows!