You could just about make out the Hollywood sign from the left side of the plane as we came in to land. Our flight was just over 9 hours, pretty turbulent but fairly empty. Thankfully no one was sat in front of us so I managed to curl up on 2 seats and get a few hours sleep. Our dinner and breakfast were a welcome change from the lamb steaks and tomato pasta we had eaten for most of the week.
We took the shuttle outside of the airport directly to our hostel, which cost $36 for both of us. We stayed on Hollywood Boulevard, almost opposite the Dolby Theatre.
It was Super Bowl Sunday in the states and I had planned to take full advantage of being there during this time. I wanted to see just how crazy they got over American football and enjoy the atmosphere. We went to Jameson Irish Bar a few blocks from our hotel and ordered some buffalo chicken wings, a chilli bowl and 2 sodas. It was already getting a bit messy with groups ordering towers of beer and endless rounds of shots. We weren’t really sure about all the rules of the game but the whole bar made it quite clear when something good or bad happened!!
After the game we took a walk along Hollywood boulevard. It’s difficult to look at anything but the floor as you don’t want to miss anyone’s star, we stopped at MJ, David Bowie, Marilyn Monroe and the doors the name a few. We also stopped at TCL (grauman’s) Chinese Theatre. It’s quite funny to see the size of people’s feet, and put you’re hands in their handprints.
The next day we opted to take the Hollywood Tour, taking in some of the most famous sites and of course some celeb house viewing. We were in an open top bus and the tour guide was very knowledgable. We stopped at the lookout to take some sign pics, saw Runyon Canyon where lots of people go hiking, went through Beverly Hills, Rodeo Drive and sunset to name a few. We saw lots of people’s houses, most of them surrounded by huge fences and tonnes of surveillance. A man dressed in a long red coat and tophat called Greg, situated outside of our hotel gave us a good deal on our bus tour making our tickets $25 inc tax instead of the $47 plus tax it’s meant to cost, so we were pretty happy to get such a good deal!
Our final day in LA was spent exploring Santa Monica and Venice beach. We caught the bus down to Santa Monica Pier, which took well over and hour, and walked 30 minutes along the promonade to Venice beach. It reminded us of Byron Bay in Australia, very hippy and eclectic. There were people selling street art, making music out of dustbin lids and offering tarot card readings. We sat at a cafe and had an incredible plate of nachos whilst watching the world go by. It was a gloriously sunny day and we took a walk along speedway to find a Jim Morrison mural and the apartment block which he used to sit and watch the ocean from. On our way back to Santa Monica we stopped to watch skateboarders in a skate park, who were fantastic and doing all sorts of tricks.
We had a bit of trouble getting the bus back to sunset boulevard, which is where Whiskey a go go is located (the music venue that the doors had residence in). We took some pictures before catching another bus back to Hollywood boulevard. We shared a subway before heading to bed before our early start the next day, Vegas was calling…