1/24/2017

County of Los Angeles, California

California, USA


I had previously mentioned that I have recently visited San Diego, well that was the first part of my journey. In the second part I visited the County of Los Angeles - over 2 days. This one was a tad bit confusing as the movies would have you believe that Hollywood, Beverly Hills, and Santa Monica are in the city of LA. When really the City of Los Angeles, City of Beverly Hills, and City of Santa Monica are in the county of Los Angeles. Upon learning these demarcations, I only wish I had more time to see the cities properly.

City of Los Angeles and Beverly Hills

I got the Amtrak ($37 for a single ticket) from San Diego Santa Fe to Union station, Los Angeles. It was a 3 hour journey, but it felt like a few minutes and it was worth it as the views from the train were wonderful. I stayed in a hotel in China Town, not really knowing that it was in Downtown Los Angeles itself.
We actually learnt that Downtown Los Angeles was more of a financial hub with a huge business presence, which would be exciting to some people I am sure. Though to me, I did not find much interest in it at all.

Nevertheless, we ended up going to West Hollywood in the evening for dinner, at Saddle Ranch Chop House, which was wonderful. Then visited a few bars in the Sunset Strip (LA) and found ourselves in Sierra Drive (Beverly Hills). Needless to say, I couldn't take my DSRL with me. Though we had a brilliant time and managed to spam Snapchat for a few hours.

The following Day, we got lost trying to walk from China town to some touristy place in LA. Eventually though we found ourselves in Hollywood Blvd, where we managed to get day tickets ($44 each) for the sightseeing hop-on hop-off tour bus. In a happy coincidence we had to get the bus from the street with the Hollywood walk of fame. So I obviously had to walk up and down the street taking pictures of stars as I was so elated by the whole experience. The only sort of con of the Hollywood walk of fame, was that there were a lot of people trying to forcefully peddle their music. Even if you politely refused - some of those people would mutter a few insults under their breath. Other than that - there were also some great celebrity lookalikes, and the weather was even warmer than San Diego.

We got to see places like the directors glide, many studios (e.g. fox studios), celebrity agencies, and celebrity shopping centres.

Beverly Hills is actually so beautiful and worth the visit with a tour guide. Because the amount of information I learned from the tour bus made me appreciate the place more. For example which first celebrities made Beverly Hills famous; how it was the party Central during the 1920 prohibition; which chicken shop Brad Pitt worked at before becoming famous; which hotels and restaurants the celebrities frequented and much much more!










 

City of Santa Monica

Such a beautiful city, with plenty of eateries and bars. Including the beach that BAYWATCH was filmed on. Along with many other great movies. Santa Monica pier was also lovely. Though out of all the places in California I visited - the people in Santa Monica were rather intolerant of tourists which was odd.

On my way back to LA from Santa Monica, we got stuck in Bel Air traffic for two hours but luckily I got to some amazing inspirationally houses.


The whole trip gave me inspiration and motivation to work hard so I could go back.

24 comments

  1. I always get confused about the cities and what is considered LA too. You got some great pictures and it sounds like you had a wonderful trip!

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  2. I'd love to visit LA, it's on my bucket list and these pictures make me want to book the flights ASAP! x

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  3. Oh my goodness, love it, i didnt know that about the area either so very informative. Its one place i have always wanted to go to, the buildings look absolutely amazing as well, sounds like your having an amazing trip x

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  4. I am so jealous, I would love to visit here, it has been on my bucket list of places to visit for a very long time x

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  5. Oh my gosh! I really want to go travelling now!
    Love that you shot the Simpsons star! Hahaha
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  6. I haven't been to California in years, and am desperate to go visit! I love your photos. What stunning places! x

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  7. Aww it's a shame China Town wasn't quite what you expected, but it sounds like you had an amazing time regardless! Beverly Hills sounds like it has so much history, I'd love to take a tour around the place.

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  8. I have done that train journey from San Diego to la a few times and the views are just stunning.

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  9. I love that you enjoyed the trip that much that it inspired you to work harder to go back- I have literally just had a similar experience in the maldives xxx

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  10. What a wonderful adventure! I moved to Los Angeles last year but haven't been to San Diego. Now that I know it only took $37 for the Amtrak, I shall check SD, out! Thanks for sharing. Maybe we can meet up when I visit SD?

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  11. Looks amazing your photos are stunning I'd love to visit L.A. one day in face I'd love to visit America in general.

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  12. I would love to go to Santa Monica, my friend went out there and she said that it was amazing x

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  13. LA is amazing. I went there a few years ago and I'm going back in October x

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  14. America in general is somewhere i really want to go, but have no idea where to begin. You've captured some lovely pictures. The one place i already knew i wanted to visit was the hollywood stars x

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  15. Some awesome photos you have got there! I went when I was very little so don't really remember it all that well - I sooo want to go back!

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  16. I've been to all of these places before but because they were on a tour we didn't get much time to explore so I'd love to do them all again x

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  17. I would love to visit America one day and Beverly Hills is definitely on my itinerary!

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  18. It makes me want to go back so badly. I was 14 when I went as my mums aunt lived in Orange County and we did a bit of a tour round from LA to Vegas and back

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  19. Amazing photos! I'm hopefully going to be going on a big road trip in America later in the year and I'll be visiting California. Your trip sounds fab! xo

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  20. What beautiful photography! I would love to visit California and it is on my bucket list! One day.....

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  21. I've never been to America, so it's very interesting to read travel posts exploring different places there :)

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  22. Wow it really does look amazing there what a lovely place to visit. I would love to see the stars for myself.

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  23. It looks amazing! I'd love to visit the chicken shop where Brad Pitt worked before he made it hahah

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  24. I wanna go back to LA as well, it's a wonderful place :)

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