🇺🇸LA – California

Welcome to Hollywood! What’s your dream? Everybody comes here; this is Hollywood, land of dreams. Some dreams come true, some don’t; but keep on dreamin’ – this is Hollywood”

Pretty Woman

There has been so many this year but going to LA was the ultimate dream come true for me and I really can’t pick out my favourite part of the trip because all of it was unreal. After arriving in LA late afternoon, the trip was started with drinks and dinner. It was a 2 night trip so the following day was a free day to explore. I was staying about 5 mins from Disney so I was really torn whether to go to Disney or go on a tour. I’ve never been to Disney but decided I would wait for another time for that as I would like to share the experience with my daughter so I opted for a tour of LA.

I booked a tour and was picked up around 08.30. The first stop was Hollywood and you got around 45 mins to get off the bus and have a look around. The first stop was obviously the Hollywood Walk of Fame. It just felt so surreal to be somewhere that has always been a source of entertainment throughout childhood and into adulthood and knowing what famous stars had been there and got their star.

Due to doing TV & Film extra work, I am familiar to being on sets and what goes into a production and I have been around some famous actors. I worked on a film a few years ago called the Limehouse Golem which was a cinema release and then went to Netflix. That was such a big production with such an amazing set as it was set in 1870 so truly authentic of the era. I always get such a buzz when I get to work on any production so for me to get to visit Hollywood, I was like a kid in a sweet shop.

Along the Walk of Fame was the opportunity to get a star with your name on and a photo opportunity. For 10 dollars of course I was gonna get this once in a lifetime photo opportunity. People back home didn’t know how I had managed to do it so that’s my secret out now but one of my favourite pics of all my travels.

‘My Star’ on the Hollywood Walk of Fame
From being a sign I had seen on the tv all my life, I was finally looking at the famous Hollywood sign for real

The next stop was the Farmers Market in Beverley Hills but on the way there was the chance to see some of the sights from my favourite films including Pretty Woman and Grease.

Four Seasons Beverly Wilshire hotel – Pretty Woman
The apartment block for the memorable scene in Pretty Woman:
Edward (Richard Gere): “So what happens after he climbs up and rescues her?”
Vivian (Julia Roberts) : “She rescues him right back.”
Hollywood High, more famously known as Rydell High in the hit musical Grease with John Travolta and Olivia-Newton-John

Beverley Hills – Farmers Market

Santa Monica Pier

Santa Monica didn’t disappoint. With its vibrant pier full of activity, blue skies and golden beach, it is just how I always imagined a Californian Beach.

I find myself using the word ‘magical’ quite often but sometimes that is the only way I can describe how things I’ve only seen in pictures or imagined, being brought to life. My trip to LA was definitely worthy ‘magical’ moments and another one I’ll never forget.

The trip cost around $70 and worth every cent to see so much of LA in a day.

Walt Disney Concert Hall

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