OMG, I made it to L.A. -- but not without some pains. Those pains being 1) waking up at 5.30am, 2) basically 6 hours of sitting on a plane b/c of the stop over in Nashville, 3) feeling lost in the SuperShuttle b/c we kept circling the terminal to pick up more people, 4) getting the ghetto tour of Koreatown and downtown via previously mentioned SuperShuttle. But all and all it has not been difficult to travel. Plus the flight was beautiful. I took some pics from my very convenient window seat.
The hostel I'm staying at is in the heart of Hollywood. Very cute. Young. International. Cozy. The place was deserted this afternoon at check in but now it's buzzing with people. I'm sitting in the TV lounge-slash-bar where they are playing music and having a tattoo party. No, I will not be getting a random tattoo from some unknown L.A. artist. But I'm sure someone here will be! Haha.
After getting settled in, I decided to explore Hollywood Blvd. It's tacky and wacky, but I can tell that it is soooo L.A. already. Actually, I've decided that the intersection of Hollywood and Highland is the west coast version of Times Square. Crazy people mixed with tourists mixed with locals mixed with stars. If they keep putting money back into this area it could be really cool. It's almost there right now.
I bought my CityPass which gives me access to 4 different venues/tours/museums for one price. So... I decided to just go with it and take the first one tonight. It was the Stars' Homes Tour. Who knows if the stars really live there? Or who cares? What was really nice was getting a tour of the area. We started at Grauman's Chinese Theatre. Then we made our way up the Hollywood Hills, from Outpost to Mulhulland Drive, to look at the Hollywood sign and to see a great view of L.A. from above the city. We passed Orland Bloom's home -- which I sadly knew was his for sure because I have seen it on TMZ. Yeah, that's right, TMZ.
From there, it was time for Bela Lugosi's gargoyle gate, Bob Barker's home, Elm Street where, you guessed it, Nightmare on Elm Street, along with Halloween I, were both filmed. Then a drive down the Sunset Strip, which looks very cool, by the way. Where else can you valet your Mercedes at a coffee shop? Then we entered the real 90210 with the Osborns old home that they lived in during taping their reality show (and where my fav girlie, Christina Aguilera, lives now). Also saw David Beckham and Posh Spice's former home (apparently he was traded to Italy). Another turn and we were in Bel Aire and even saw the Fresh Prince house where we rapped the theme song outside. Haha. Then some window shopping down Rodeo Drive and back to the Theatre via Route 66. The tour guide was great and so knowledgable about Hollywood history, past and current facts. It was a lot of fun.
Then... I was tired. And cold. I was going to eat at this little Irish Pub down the street from the hostel, but I just couldn't make it there. I ended up at Mel's Diner. Very cute. Then I took a look around Hollywood Blvd. at night. The neon here is just amazing. I took a lot of photos and will post them as soon as I can.
All and all a good first day! Tomorrow, I think I will start with another tour. Maybe the behind the scenes tour. Then go to Beverly Hills. Then the Runyan Canyon walking tour organized by the hostel. And hopefully I'll have some energy to make it to the clubs tomorrow night!
PS - Don't forget to bring a towel to a hostel. I had to buy a stupid "Walk of Fame" beach towel for $15!!!
PPS - I will be adding all my photos to Flikr or Photobucket once I figure that out. I have some good ones!