Santa Monica & LA

After our three days in the lovely Laguna Beach, we travelled to Santa Monica which is around 45 minutes away from Los Angeles. We spent our day doing all the tourist spots in central LA before staying in a hotel in Santa Monica.

Los Angeles was somewhere I really wanted to go to whilst in California. It was definitely an interesting experience and I would recommend going there to see it for yourself.

We started off on the Hollywood Boulevard where we walked along the Hollywood Walk of Fame and saw different celebrities names on a star on the pavement. Bit of a weird concept thinking about it, but when in Hollywood! Along the Boulevard there is also the Chinese Theatre, it is a cinema which has held multiple movie premiere’s.

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Afterwards, we went on a tour guide bus where they drive you around Hollywood and show you the sights. We saw the Hollywood Sign, some random celebrities houses and famous filming locations. It was interesting to see things that you would not have realised were there, such as the church from Sister Act which is just two minutes off of the Boulevard. We also saw Katy Perry’s house up in the Hollywood Hills and we drove through Beverly Hills. I was hoping to spot a Kardashian or someone but no luck. Although I think I saw Vin Diesel driving past us, but I wasn’t sure. It could have been any bald man!

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After our LA tour, we went back to Santa Monica where we met up with some family friends who live in Phoenix, Arizona. It was lovely to see them again after around 8 years. We had a lovely meal at a seafood restaurant which overlooked the ocean.

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Then the next day we went back into LA where my dad had booked us a studio tour at Warner Bros. This was almost the best bit of the entire holiday! It was so interesting to see all the lots where they film the big shows like Pretty Little Liars, The Big Bang Theory and Friends (when it was on air that is). I loved it though, it was an amazing experience. Oh and I also got sorted into Gryffindor by the sorting hat and got to hold a real Oscar!!

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That evening, after the studio tour, we walked around Santa Monica and had dinner at Johnny Rockets! I wish we had walked down the pier now but at the time I was so tired we didn’t bother. We actually got the bus from our hotel down to the pier where all the restaurants were and that was a weird experience. We were those confused tourists amongst all the Americans, and some of them were quite weird. It was a little unnerving!

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That was it for Santa Monica and LA. It was so cool to see another part of Cali. Despite some of the areas being a little rough and I guess you could say scary, it was another experience of American life from a different angle.

Lots of Love Em x