Exploring LA


Sorry for not making a post yesterday. Things got a little bit crazy. Yesterda
y we decided to take a tour at the Paramount Pictures Studios instead of going to the Griffith Observatory because it rained.  The notable site has been home to everything from famous television shows like I Love Lucy and Star Trek to box-office hits like Forrest GumpBraveheart, Gladiator and Titanic. On our tour, a guide took us around the site’s 65 acres in a golf cart and we got to hop off and explore certain sound stages and studios. We actually got to walk onto the set of Dr Phil and see the different aspects of the show. I got so excited when our guide pointed out certain locations were used to film the TV show Glee.  Interesting enough, our guide mentioned the Hollywood sign and said the sign no longer lights up anymore. The last time the sign was lit was as part of an extravagant millennium countdown on New Year’s Eve 1999 for 2000. Also the sign was built as a huge, illuminated advertisement for the upscale real estate development and was originally known as Hollywoodland.

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After our tour, David and myself decided to walk to the Hollywood Walk of Fame and the TCL Chinese Theatre. This took us about a good half an hour to get there. This happened at nighttime so it was pretty crowded but David and myself managed to point out a few stars that we knew. The atmosphere was crazy and amazing. There was delicious food, heaps of gift shops, street performers and characters (Iron Man, Minnie, Spongebob etc) and the people around were friendly. If we get a chance, we will come back during the day to get better photos of the TCL Chinese Theatre and explore more of the tourist landmark.

Outdoor setting of PUMP!


Afterwards, we headed back to our hotel to rest for a few hours before having dinner at PUMP!, a well-known establishment owned by famous restauranteur and Real Housewife of Beverly Hills TV celeb, Lisa Vanderpump. This gorgeous upscale Italian dining and a full bar in a garden environment was stunning.  After dinner we popped over to The Abbey for a couple drinks.

Today we got to see Urban Light, a large-scale assemblage sculpture located at the Wilshire Boulevard entrance to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. The installation consists of 202 restored street lamps from the 1920s and 1930s. Most of them once lit the streets of Southern California. Some of you who watch American Horror Story: Hotel would recognise this location from when Lady Gaga walked through it. We saw this at nighttime. I cannot describe the feelings I felt when I saw this installation and walked through it, it was amazing and elegant.

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Tomorrow we have decided we are going to the Griffith Observatory and doing the walk to the Hollywood sign for sure.




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