Tuesday we started the day with another swim in the hotel pool. Then we walked over to the Pea Soup Andersen’s restaurant for lunch. They are famous for their pea soup and have built a whole brand around it. Grandma got the Traveler’s Special, which included as much pea soup as she could eat. (Turned out that was 1 and 1/2 bowls) After the kids rode the rides outside, we headed on our way. We were making good time driving until we made the mistake of stopping at a mall to use the restroom. Over an hour of shopping later, we continued on our way and were now stuck in LA rush hour traffic. We finally made it to our hotel–the Queen Mary–in the evening. The Queen Mary is an ocean liner built in the 1930’s that is now docked in Long Beach, California as a floating hotel and museum and is supposedly haunted. It was amazing to stay in a room on board and to wander the hallways that have seen so much history. Many famous people crossed the Atlantic Ocean the Queen Mary during the Golden Age of ocean travel, including Winston Churchill (our relative), Liberace, Clark Gable, and Bob Hope. It was also used as a troop transport ship during World War II and holds the record for the most people on board a ship at one time–over 60,000! It was also interesting that it crossed the Atlantic in only 5 days and was much bigger than the Titanic.
Wednesday we started the day with room service for breakfast. Then we took an audio tour of the ship. The coolest part was the engine room and propeller. After the audio tour, we took a guided historical tour, and our tour guide was great. He put a lot of expression into everything he said and kept us entertained. Turns out our room was a first class cabin and would have cost $1070, a lot of money in the 1930’s. We got to see the first class ballroom, which was beautifully decorated with many varieties of wood veneer. After that tour, we had lunch, and then Lexi and I did a ghost tour. We got to see the first class swimming pool, which is haunted by a white figure, and the boiler room in the very bottom of the ship. We really enjoyed our stay on the Queen Mary, but then it was time to leave.
We drove to Hollywood next, with a quick picture stop in Torrance at the high school where my favorite show, Beverly Hills 90210, was filmed. When we got to Hollywood, we did the tourist thing and took a two hour tour on a open van to see celebrities’ houses and other famous spots. Lexi was really excited to see Hollywood and loved taking a picture of the famous sign. We took lots of pictures on the tour, and it was fun to see all of the expensive houses and cars. After the tour, we ate at California Pizza Kitchen before driving to our Wig Wam Motel for the night. (More on that later)