5 Days in Los Angeles- DAY 5

DAY 5-Burbank

On our very last day in Los Angeles, we decided to make a trip to Warner Brother's Studio for a studio tour. This is what I had been most excited for this whole trip!

We got to the studios and waited for our letter to be called. Once it was called, the excitement began! We had a great tour guide who was very personable and informative. The actual tour lasted around 2 hours, and they drop you off at the gift shop and gallery which included the Friend's set.

During the tour, we got to experience all of the behind the scenes. It was crazy to see how many TV shows and movies were filmed on these sets! Most of the main scenes in Pretty Little Liars were filmed at Warner Brothers, including Ravenwood High school, the girls' homes, and their city. The same area was used to film Gilmore Girls, and of course FRIENDS! We also got to see the "jungle" that was used to film Jurassic Park. 

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Our tour guide was great and had a little surprise for us. He drove us to one of the lots and led us inside. Our minds were blown! It was a showcase of the batmobiles used in the Batman movies. All of the vehicles are driveable too!

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We were in for a special treat this day. We got to enter the set of the Big Bang Theory. Unfortunately, no photos or videos were permitted in the warehouse. But it was definitely a great treat, seeing as I am a big Big Bang Theory fan.

The last stop was the gift shop and gallery. And of course....the Friend's set! This was DEFINITELY my favourite part of the whole tour. Just being able to sit on the couch of the set made me feel like Rachel's best friend.

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Because this day was one of the warmest days of the week, my boyfriend and I decided to check out Runyon Canyon. We didn't quite have our hiking gear with us, but we made do. It was such a beautiful view at the top overlooking L.A.. 

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We were very sad that this was our last day, but I can definitely say that Los Angeles stole our hearts. We absolutely loved it here and will definitely be heading back hopefully sooner rather than later.

-Britt

5 Days in Los Angeles- DAY 4

DAY 4-HOLLYWOOD BLVD

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This day, we headed to Hollywood Blvd to scope out all of the stars. And we found them! Well, their names on the Hollywood Walk of fame.

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The street is full of souvenir shops, the Jimmy Kimmel stage, the Grauman's Chinese Theatre, street performers, and outdoor food stands. 

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Our first stop was Madame Tussauds Wax Museum. Filled with wax figures of some of the most popular celebrities. We spotted Will Smith, Jimmy Falon, Meryl Streep, Jennifer Lopez, Ryan Reynolds, Jennifer Lawrence, and Leonardo Dicaprio, just to name a few. It is definitely a fun stop to take selfies with all of your favourite celebrities. Because let's be honest, it is probably as close as you will get to this many celebrities in one room!

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The next stop was the Griffith Observatory. Here is where you can get a fantastic view of the Hollywood sign by driving up the winding roads that lead to the observatory. At the very top of the hill, there is paid parking available that costs $4 an hour. The observatory was built in 1935 and gives a spectacular view of the entire LA Basin from the top of the southern hills of Mount Hollywood. It is not only the views that are worth seeing, but inside the observatory welcomes you to a wide array of educational displays of everything from the Tesla Coil to the entire solar system.

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The last stop of the day was Greystone Mansion. We decided to go back to Beverley Hills to check it out and I must say, Greystone Mansion is a hidden gem! It was built in the late 1920s for Ned Doheney and his family. Today, the mansion is a lovely park where you can walk around the entire estate and admire the gardens and coblestone walkways. You are not able to go inside the mansion, but you are free to walk around the entire estate. Many movies have been filmed here, such as The Holiday (one of my favourite movies), X-Men, The Mentalist, and many more!

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All in all, day 4 continued to exceed all of our expectations of Los Angeles.

-Britt

 

5 Days in Los Angeles- DAY 3

DAY 3- BEVERLY HILLS

On this day, we decided to glam it up and head to Beverly Hills. Now, if you're a fan of cars then you're in for a treat if you decide to go here! On every block you can find luxury vehicles ranging from Rolls Royce, to Ferraris, and Lamborghinis. 

There was lots of free parking on the surrounding side streets, which made it convenient to check out Beverly Hills. The first stop was Beverly Gardens Park where you can capture yourself in front of the Beverly Hills sign. Within the park are amazing artistic sculptures that are definitely worth a walk by.

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From the park, we headed to Rodeo Drive. Rodeo Drive is an upscale street consisting of many prestigious brands such as Valentino and Versace. We did not dare to even enter any of the stores knowing very well it was way over our price range. However, you do not need to shop to enjoy the amazing street. Parked in front of every other store is a luxury car, and you may even spot some celebrities shopping! (We did not, but we saw a couple filming for a documentary of some sort).

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As it started to rain on us, we decided to head back to our vehicle and drive to Westfield Century City Mall. This mall is a two level outdoor shopping center. We really came here to kill some time and possibly check out some of the stores. As we were walking along the first floor we came across a premiere for Love, Simon! We didn't stay long enough to see the main characters in the movie, but we did happen to catch a peak at some of their costars!

At the end of the day we decided to drive up into the hills of Beverly Hills. We snooped around all of the fancy homes like the tourists we are and happened to drive by Keanu Reeve's home! It was quite the view, not just the homes but the view from the hills down into the city.

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Day 3 came to an end and we continued to fall more in love with this state each day.

-Britt

5 Days in Los Angeles- DAY 2

DAY 2- SANTA MONICA & VENICE BEACH

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Day 2 had arrived and we decided to make the visit down to Santa Monica Pier and Venice Beach.

Our first stop was Santa Monica pier. Despite our poor luck and the windy weather, Santa Monica Pier was just beautiful. Overlooking the Pacific ocean and filled with a variety of fun filled attractions at Pacific Park. After walking around the beach and strolling the pier, we headed to Third Street Promenade.

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The Third Street Promenade is 3 block main street that was turned into a unique strip that feature many chain stores and restaurants. We stopped to eat at True Food Kitchen. I ordered the fish tacos and my boyfriend ordered the turkey burger. Both were very delicious! We wish they had this restaurant in Canada!

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After lunch we decided to head back to our rental and drive to Venice Beach (AKA Muscle Beach). But before checking out the beach itself, we just HAD to visit Arnold Schwarzenegger's infamous Gold's Gym. If there's one thing my boyfriend and I have in common, it's that we are avid gym goers and have watched many fitness personalities workout at this gym. We didn't walk through the gym, but we peaked inside and visited the gift shop inside the gym.

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Next, we headed to Venice Beach. Talk about skateboarders galore! We walked along the boardwalk and enjoyed the delightful chaos of the skateboarders zig zagging in between the groups of people, street musicians playing some cover songs, and wacky performers showing everyone their talents. There is an outdoor gym along the boardwalk and fitness equipment right on the beach too. It's too bad we forgot our gym clothes!

We ended the day driving to Malibu along the coast for another end of the day drive as the sun set. We grabbed dinner at a restaurant called Ollo where we were sitting beside a music producer and songwriter. Too bad we did not recognize them until they got up and left and we asked the waiter who they were.

All in all, day 2 was another success as we continued to fall in love with this city.

-Britt

 

5 Days in Los Angeles- DAY 1

DAY 1- DOWNTOWN L.A.

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My boyfriend and I decided to take a week of vacation and travel to the beautiful city of Los Angeles, California. We definitely did not think we would fall in love with this city as much as we did.

The first day here, we decided to roam downtown Los Angeles and check out everything from the Grand Central Market to the OUE Skyspace. We were pleasantly surprised with how many available parking garages were available with reasonable pricing. We parked at Pershing Square for about $7 with the early bird special on a Sunday ($10 on weekdays for early bird). 

Our first stop was the Grammy Museum. Now, I'm not the biggest fan of museums. As much as I can appreciate contemporary museums, I am much more inclined to emerge myself into the content of the museum if it is interactive. The Grammy Museum is just that! Filled with a variety of music genres, you can take yourself back in time and groove out to some oldie's or jam out to some current pop music. 

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The next stop on our itinerary was Grand Central Market. If you're not familiar with the Grand Central Market, it is an indoor emporium for food vendors and florists. One of the most popular food vendors is Egg Slut, so we decided to try it out! We got the bacon, cheese, and egg sandwich on a brioche bun. The egg oozed out with each bite. It was delicious and definitely worth the wait in line!

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Our last stop of the day was OUE Skyspace. It was an absolutely phenomenal view at the top. It features a 360 degree view of all of Los Angeles, and if you pay $8 extra you get to ride down their glass slide. The slide takes you from one floor to another while you are completely surrounded by glass! It was a short yet thrilling ride down that's for sure!

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At the end of the day, we decided to take the scenic route back to our hotel and enjoyed the sunset as we drove along the coast!

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It was a great first day in Los Angeles with only more fun to come!

-Britt