Santa Monica & LA

After our three days in the lovely Laguna Beach, we moved on to Santa Monica which is about 45 minutes away from Los Angeles or something. We stayed in a hotel in Santa Monica but we spent the day in Los Angeles.

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. However, it is not a place where I would like to live (unless I was a millionaire!)

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 you have to! Along the Boulevard there is also the Chinese Theatre which is a cinema which has held some famous movie premiers. I then has a Starbucks!! That was totally the best part of that day 😉

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We went on one of those tour guide bus things where they drive you around Hollywood and show you all the sights. We were shown things like the Hollywood Sign, random celebrities houses, famous filming locations etc. It was so interesting just seeing things which you would not know existed such as the church from Sister Act which is literally 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 something but no luck. Although I think I saw Vin Diesel driving past us, but I wasn’t sure. It could of been any bald man to be fair.

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Thanks to this little excursion I can tick a few things off my bucket list!

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 like 8 years or something. We had a lovely meal at a seafood restaurant which overlooked the ocean. I don’t really like seafood so I had a burger instead!!

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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 like the best bit of the entire holiday! I love everything to do with like TV/Films and their production, I am considering it as a future uni course and possible career path. It was so cool to see all the lots where they film loads of 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 round 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 such 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 another angle.

Lots of Love Em x