As you can probably tell, from our West Coast Tour series, we are big fans of the USA. Our experiences have been great in the land of the free and LA was no disappointment. For this trip we were staying in Palm Springs our family and we decided to have a day trip to LA. Having never been before we stuck mainly to tourist areas like seeing the Hollywood sign and we took a few tours.
Starting off at the historical Chinese theatre we gazed upon the hand and foot prints of the stars. Measuring our hands against people like Marilyn Monroe (*start singing Kelly Rowland- Stole*) and the cast of Harry Potter. We were also shocked at how small some of the actresses feet were, then we realised that they had heels on…duh. The Chinese Theatre is located just off the Hollywood walk of fame which we had a stroll along seeing the names from past and present stars, characters and others working in film you realise how big the film industry is in Hollywood and how the town basically grew because of the industry. Hollywood wouldn’t be what it is today if it wasn’t for film. The Walk of Fame is so long. So it can get quite tedious after a while so we ended up just looking for our favourites or people we knew.
After meeting up back at the Chinese Theatre we headed off in a limo to have a tour round the homes of the famous- When in Rome right! Although this is quite a cliche thing to do when visiting LA, we actually learnt quite a bit about the area as well as seeing some beautiful locations and homes. On the tour we saw the homes of Marilyn Monroe (which was so quaint and cottage like with its rose gardens lining the path), The Osbournes and even the house from the opening credits to the Fresh Prince of Belair- yes we sang the theme tune while approaching the house!
We had chance to stop at the Beverly Hills sign and even went down Canon Drive (the road in a lot of films with palm trees either side). The tour was great and we had so much fun, its also a great way to stay cool in the middle of the day- thank god for AC.
From here we made our way to Rodeo Drive. Driving past the Beverly Wilshire Hotel, made famous by pretty woman, and a bunch of designer shops that we definitely couldn’t afford anything in- but there is no harm in browsing right. The only thing that we could afford was food from a diner just off Rodeo drive, they did some amazing cherry coke and ice cream floats (I’ve tried looking for what this place was called but I’m afraid guys I don’t think its there anymore- le cry).
After a short drive out of the city we were ready for our evening entertainment- a baseball game! Coming from England, we don’t play baseball- to us it looks a lot like rounders (google it if you don’t know but we’re pretty sure everyone plays it in school here)- so this was a whole new experience. We had never been to see a game of any kind of american sport and it was so different from what we are used to with football games at home, not that we have been to too many of them either. The atmosphere was amazing, we saw the LA Angels Vs Seattle Mariners and boy the home crowd were loving it. We were mesmerised by the differences- like a gun cannon to send t-shirts and balls in to the crowd and games with the mascots in-between games. It is so different to back in the UK. We thoroughly suggest going to a game even if it is just for the atmosphere.
One day we would love to go back to LA but to see other areas like Venice and Abbot Kinney, eat the amazing food that we keep hearing about and relaxing in to that LA chill lifestyle.
Is there anywhere you can suggest for us to check out next time we go?