Thursday 16 July 2015

Hollywood - Travel Diary

I was lucky enough to spend my birthday last year in Los Angeles and a visit to Hollywood and I thought I would share some photos of the places that I got to see whilst I was in California. 

We wanted to walk as close as we could get to the Hollywood sign but unfortunately the day we decided to do it, the trail was closed and we were unable to get as close as we would have liked and our best view was from the Griffith Observatory. We went on a little hike around that area which was very tiring in the extreme heats (compared to England!) but it was a nice walk.


We then decided to hit Hollywood Boulevard and check out the walk of fame. I enjoyed walking along this route. There was also some nice shops for us to look in. We also went to The Chinese Theatre and had a look at the outside and the hand/foot prints on the floor. It was so busy here.


Chinese Theater Show

Chinese Theater


The best thing we did in Hollywood was go on a little tour of the Hollywood Hills. Our driver was great, he took us around the celebrity houses and up high so we got a great view over the city. 

Apparently this is Jason Statham's House, whether he lives there still or not I don't know. All I know is it is worth a LOT of money. Not bad for a local Norfolk lad is it, haha. We also got to see a number of celebrity houses including Leonardo DiCaprio, Michael Jackson, The Osborne's, Christina Aguilera and many more Hollywood stars.


We then headed down Rodeo Drive. I couldn't resist taking a photo of this insanely expensive Bugatti, owned by the late designer Bijan Pakzad parked outside House of Bijan boutique - rumoured to be the most expensive store in the world. Needless to say, I did not go inside!


The large building at the end of this photo is the hotel used in the film Pretty Woman when Richard Gere hires out the penthouse suite. I bet that wasn't cheap! 

Rodeo Drive

Rodeo Drive


Recognise this hotel? It's the one also used in the film Pretty Woman. You may remember the scene at the end where Richard Gere climbs the fire escape to retrieve Julia Roberts. That was filmed here!

Pretty Woman Hotel

I had a great time in Hollywood. There was so much to do, I wish we had more time to spend there.
I'll be honest it was nothing like what I expected. There were areas that were rather run down and a lot of homeless people around. You don't see this sort of thing on movies but I guess that's real life.

Have you been to Hollywood?


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