22.07.2007 - 22.07.2007 29 °C
This tour took us to Beverly Hills, Rodeo Drive, Century City Ave. of the Stars, 20th Century Fox Studios, Hollywood Blvd, Hollywood Hills, Chinese Theatre and the walk of fame, Sunset Strip, Sunset Blvd, Down Town LA, Santa Monica Beach, Third Street Promenade, Venice Beach and Marina Del Ray. So basically it was a big day!
Our first stop on the tour was of course Hollywood Blvd where Chinese Manns Theatre is and the Walk of Fame. May I add that the Walk of Fame is huge! There are 2,300 stars which are placed on Hollywood Boulevard: from Gower Street to La Brea Avenue, and on Vine Street: from Yucca Street to Sunset Boulevard. That's how big it all is so unfortunately Brian and I only got to see the Stars that were between our bus drop off point and around Manns Theatre sidewalk. We were able to see the Hollywood sign and have photos with our hands in famous handprints, have a look around the shops and unfortuanetly see no celebrities. We weren't expecting them to be there anyway!
We then headed down Sunset Blvd, passed all the celebrity hangouts, saw Johnny Depps night club called the 'Viper Room' where River Pheonix died out the front of, plus Chateau Marmont where Lindsay Lohan often stays when she's not in rehab. We then went through Beverly Hills and saw the street that was used in the Beverly Hill Billies and we had an hour stop on Rodeo Drive to peruse through the ridiculously expensive designer shops.
Our driver and tour guide was a funny old guy who cruised around the town on his rollerblades while everyone on our bus got off and had a look around elsewhere. So when we went to Venice Beach he fit in quite well! We drove past Santa Monica Beach first and saw all the rides at the pier and drove past THE Hotel California (in the Eagles song).
Venice Beach is then at the end of it (or beginning, which ever way you look at it) so we got about an hour and half to look around the shops and go for a swim for those who dared. Brian and I didn't. I wanted to put my feet in the water until Brian told me how dirty and polluted it was so I settled with just looking at the water instead.
We both got Venice Beach Lifeguard jumpers which are pretty cool (Brian bought mine for my b'day) and we had a look at guy's playing basketball (where White Men Can't Jump was filmed) and of course the body builders at Muscle Beach, where Arnie used to pump weights. The shops are your typical touristy t-shirt and postcard selling stores that are all owned by Mexicans. The sidewalks are filled with artists, musicians and some people openly trying to sell marijuana while smoking it too. It's a very colourful place and a great place to go to experience it all. Venice Beach is exactly how they show it in TV shows and movies!
After that it was getting fairly late so we all got back on the bus and drove past Marina Del Ray, saw some canals (which is why Venice is called Venice - although there's only about 6 canals remaining), drove past the airport and saw the planes fly VERY low over the highway and past a few other places where celebrities were murdered or stayed at.
It was a great way to spend my birthday and I had lots of fun. I don't think I am ever going to have the chance to spend my birthday in Hollywood again so I'm kind of glad our plans had changed and we were able to go on the Sunday!