A Day Spent In Los Angeles

Los Angeles, LA, the City of Angels, home to the stars. There’s many a name for it and one could only imagine why until they visit.

But LA wasn’t what I had envisaged on my first trip to the California Coast when I was 21. I think it was my obsession back then with 90210 that had skewed my perception. I was also spoilt from the convenience of Manhattan (the other major city in the States) and I wasn’t aware of how sporadic the city really was. But it was LA, and I really wanted to like it, so I went back, this time clued up.

I researched well, booked a boutique hotel away from LAX and hired a car to get around.

Beverley Hills was where we stayed, in a beautiful hotel 15 minutes walk from where the rich and famous hang on Rodeo Drive.

Beverly Hills

Rodeo Sign

Beverly Hills, 90210 is immaculate. There’s no litter, homeless on the streets, shitty cars or ugly buildings.

 

Rodeo Drive

Just walking around here for an hour or two is enough – to make you feel a tadĀ depressed – venture down one of the sideĀ streets and you’ll find a couple of cafes that you might be able to afford a coffee from.

Christmas Presents on Rodeo Drive

Christmas on Rodeo

Fountain and Stairway on Rodeo Drive

On the flip side of the coin is Hollywood Boulevard, one of my least favourite parts of LA but nevertheless one that is a must to visit, with the Walk of Fame, Chinese Theatre and the wax museum.

A Star on the Walk of Fame

The most enjoyable part for me is checking out the stars, which seem to go on forever! The TCL Chinese Theatre (formerly known as Grauman’s and Mann’s Chinese Theatre) is also worth a stop. Comparing your hand and feet size to the prints of the famous is cool, especially of those legends who have passed.

Star on the Walk of Fame

Apart from all of the above, I wouldn’t take too much time out to explore this area. Personally, I thought it was a little rough and disappointing considering the hype that surrounds it.

Hollywood Boulevard by Night

More Stars

But it’s fair to say that going back a second time and understanding the layout of LA made all the difference. LA is awesome and there are so many elements to it, you’ve just got to know where to go.

Where are your favourite places to hang out in LA? I’d like some ‘off the beaten path’ ideas for my next trip.

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