After a good long sleep in we had breakfast in our apartment then walked just over a kilometer to the pick up point for the hop on hop off bus. We walked along the google maps route but it took us along some dodgy streets. We decided we would find another way back. We purchased a 2 day pass each which gave us free entry into Madam Tussauds. There is a movie premiere this evening and the street where we were due to pick up the bus was blocked off. We walked around the corner and boarded the bus for the purple route to downtown LA.
We took seats upstairs and despite the sunshine it was really cold. We had a commentary via earbuds they provided for us to plug in at our seats. We took a few photos along the way and around the first few stops of the downtown area. It got too cold so we went downstairs. We got off at a stop in Chinatown with a view to taking an hour (the gap between the buses) to look around and get some lunch. We found a place and ordered. The meals were big enough for two. Neither of us came close to finishing. We went to the bus stop and waited, and waited. The bus eventually came about 30 minutes later than what we expected. We went back upstairs while they finished the downtown loop. We drove over a bridge lined with tents and makeshift homes. Clearly these people have nowhere else to go. It was sad. They pointed out buildings used in movies. We saw the hotel they used for the scene in True Lies where Arnold goes up the elevator on the horse chasing the bad guy. We went back downstairs for the drive back to Hollywood to get out of the cold.
After getting off the bus we went to Madame Tussauds and took a bunch of photos with the folks on display. The facial detail is amazing. After leaving we walked past the final preparations for the movie premiere. Some people were already lined up at the barriers. We had a hot drink at Starbucks to warm up then walked back via some better streets on the way home.