LA – home to the rich and famous! Read my next story about our great time in Los Angeles!
We were excited when we arrived and first set eyes on Hollywood Boulevard and the walk of fame. We spent a while looking at all the famous names etched in stars on the ground, sadly Patrick Swayze had died the previous day so his star was covered with flowers, photos and candles. Lots of actors were dressed up in character costume walking up and down the sidewalk posing for pics. We came across the Chinese Theatre with its legendary hand and footprints of the stars. These were sights I had seen on TV so it was really surreal actually being here!
We only had two days in LA so wanted to make the most of it! We were desperate to see all the main sights so without much research we booked a tour that said it included all the best bits. We were crammed onto this bus with people from all over the world. The air con only worked at the back of the bus so we all took turns to sit at the rear!
First stop was the Hollywood sign, from what we could make of it, it was so far away! We then drove past the movie star homes of Tom Cruise, Christina Aguilera, Michael Jackson to name but a few. This was great but obviously for security they have huge gates so you could only see their roofs! A lot of people were grumpy by this point so the driver took us to Rodeo Drive where we were able to get off the bus and get a proper look at the shop that Julia Roberts got kicked out of in the movie ‘Pretty Woman’. Our last stop was Santa Monica and Venice Beach where flat tums and six packs are the norm.
That night we thought we’d test out the LA nightlife, a guy in our hostel recommended a bar so we followed. We met a good group, the girls drank cocktails and the boys smoked shisha pipes well into the night.
The next day, a little worse for wear and on one of the hottest days of the year, we thought it would be a good idea to walk to the Hollywood sign so we could get some proper pics. We’d read we had to head north on Cahuenga Boulevard and hike into the hills. It wasn’t easy it was hot hot hot! We eventually made it and was so worth it as the views were incredible.
We walked back through the Hollywood Hills stopping to gawp at the posh houses, how the other half live! We walked for miles and miles, Ellen who was much fitter than me wasn’t even breaking a sweat but I was struggling, my toe was bleeding, my legs were on fire and I needed food. We came across this place that did the biggest pizza slices you ever saw. It’s true what they say about the American diet, the portions are HUGE!
We’d heard people either loved LA or loathed it, everyone was plastic, it was busy and there was too much traffic. I can’t say I loved it but we both had a good time and it’s definitely a place to visit and tick off the list!
And next stop – Las Vegas!
Author : Kellie – The Globetrotting Addict
About the author:
Having recently quit her desk job to travel once again, Kellie is now back in the UK teaching English. She loves sunshine, yoga, beaches, prosecco & house music