Los Angeles, otherwise known as “The City of Angels” is a city definitely worth a visit. I recommend getting your hands on a car to drive around in, because the best places to visit are a bit further out of the city centre.
There are so many things to see in L.A, it’s hard to know where to begin. Coming out if the airport, I was in awe of the scenery around me. Everything was so spacious and big compared to the UK. The temperature was perfect for me outside. Warm enough to not wear a jumper or coat, with a lovely breeze. On the way to the place where I was staying, I had to hit the 101 highway which reminded me of the scene in The Matrix Reloaded where the two lorries collide, and bought a smile my face. I was in Hollywood! As I pulled in to the place I was staying, I was wondering what movie stars I may ‘bump’ into and be able to take a photo with. I could barely contain myself, so I dumped my stuff into my room took my hire car out straight to Beverly Hills and Hollywood.
I got there parked my car up in one of the designated parking spaces and began strolling through Hollywood Boulevard. I walked past Michael Jackson’s star on the Walk of Fame, as well as Olsen Twins, David Bowie, The Beach Boys, The Beatles, Chuck Berry, Audrey Hepburn, David Hasselhoff, The Monkees – one of my favourite bands, Chuck Norris – Beware Walker, Texas Ranger and Queen to name some of my favourites. There were many tourist shops down this walk, which disappointed me a bit because even though a main tourist attraction, it should have been much more up market and glamorous. Not to say that my walk through Rodeo Drive, Beverly Hills was anything less than glamorous! I walked along the shopping area and went into some of the huge names such as Gucci, Chanel, Dior and Prada etc, my favourite though, had to be going into the Ferrari car show room and sitting in my dream car, 360 Spyder. I felt so rich. I also walked up past some of the houses and they were all individual and beautiful. I wondered what stars lived there, because I didn’t take one of the tours, I decided to walk it. Be prepared to walk a lot, as the roads are long but definitely worth it for all the things you can see. After that long walk I went back and decided to sleep as jet lag caught up with me.
Over the next few days I visited various shopping malls (there were so many I forget them!) and did so much shopping that I needed an extra suitcase on the way back. I also went to all the main tourist attractions, Walt Disney California, Universal Studios which were both left and moved to Florida due to lack of space to expand. I loved going here, I felt like a big kid exploring Disney and Universal studios. I ran into Doc from Back to the Future, or more like he nearly ran me over with the Delorean from the film because I was being tourist and looking everywhere! It was a great day, and I was shown the sites of L.A as they up on a hill. You can see the WB water tower and the Studios where they do all the filming for up and coming films. In the far distance I could clearly see the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range and directly behind that was Las Vegas. It was such a beautiful view, I stood for a good half an hour just soaking it all in. Beautiful. Absolutely Beautiful. I watched the sun semi set over the city and I didn’t want to leave. Went back home and looked over the pictures.
I decided it was time to hit the beach, so I headed for Santa Monica Bay. Something about this place was really similar, and after talking to some locals, I found out that Baywatch was actually filmed here! I was very excited at that point, I was standing where the most viewed show on earth was filmed! I wondered into the shopping mall and bought more clothes then sat on the beach and had something to eat. I watched the surfers on the bay and families enjoying the beach while I waited for the sun to set. It was beautiful. I didn’t want to go home. I sat for a while just listening to the waves crash on the shore, I can do that for hours. Then I decided it was time to go home.
I really enjoyed my time in Los Angeles and without a car I wouldn’t have been able to see as much as I did.