Los Angeles 2013


Mr. C Beverly Hills

Yes! Another BFF holiday with my bestie Jody. We're going 3 nights to Los Angeles and 3 nights to Las Vegas, also to visit the concert of Celine Dion, we're fan! One of the best holidays ever! 


Our start was a disaster.. 27th of February 2013 we had an early flight in the morning. I was so exited that I couldn't sleep the night before.. So when we need to leave to the airport, I overslept.. OMG!  

We stayed in the Mr. C Beverly Hills, an amazing hotel just 15 minutes walk from the famous Rodeo Drive Shopping District. This boutique hotel offers views of Los Angeles and had Venetian-inspired rooms and a very nice swimming pool. We couldn't start better! 


Hollywood Sign

Everybody in the whole wide world knows the Hollywood sign. This was my number 1 on my bucket-list and it was amazing! WOW that sign is so big, 45-foot-tall (14 m) and 350 feet (110 m) long!

 

The Hollywood sign (formerly the Hollywoodland Sign) is a famous landmark in Los Angeles. It's more than just nine white letters spelling out a city's name; it's one of the world's most great symbols. It's situated in the Hollywood Hills area and it overlooks Hollywood. The way through the sign is also an experience!  

 

In 1923 it was created as an advertisement for a local real estate development. You can visit the Hollywood Sign with a tour operator that also visit the homes of the stars. A perfect way to see this amazing landmark.

 

You can also visit the Griffith Observatory (entrance free) where you can view the sign a short distance from the parking lot of the Historic Griffith Observatory to make beautiful pictures of the Hollywood Sign. Unfortunately we didn't know this at the time, so I need to go back ;)


Best places to eat or drink

There some amazing hotspots you must see when you visit Los Angeles! 

 

208 Rodeo Restaurant; Set atop the stairs on Via Rodeo's cobblestone street, on Rodeo Drive in the heart of Beverly Hills. It serves up luxury and bistro in a unique setting. The patio overlooks the Beverly-Willshire hotel, setting of the film "Pretty Woman" and also seen in the TV-serie "The Hills".

You can go to this place for breakfast, lunch, a quick bite or a full meal and also the wine is good. Cheers!  

 

The Mercantile; A cute little hotspot with a nice patio in the middle of LA. The wine and cheese selection are amazing. A nice place to sit back and relax after a long day stroll. 

 

Cabo Cantina Hollywood;  It's the perfect place to enjoy good drinks and tasty Mexican food. It's also the perfect place to drink some tequila shots before a big night out on the town. A nice colorful place!  


Movie star homes

This tour is the most famous and popular tour in LA, you can take the open-air bus at the Hollywood Boulevard. Discover the secrets and history of current and past celebrity homes throughout Hollywood and Beverly Hills. I think everybody wanted to see the stars and the locations where they live work and eat. With this tour you get a personal taste of the Hollywood celebrity lifestyle you have only read about it o seen on TV. You can sit in a open-air mini-bus to see LA's most exclusive neighborhoods. You will also see Rodeo Drive and the Hilton hotel where Whitney Houston was found dead.

 

You will see amazing things like (left to the right); a pimped garage door, the house of Ashton Kutcher, the house of Kat Von D, the Playboy mansion, the house of Dr. Phil and last but not least the house of Michael Jackson where he was found dead. You will make a stop at the gate of Michael Jackson and hear the 911 call, scary! After this you make a stop at the Hollywood Sign. This was a great great day! 


Shopping Area

LA is a great place to shop till you drop and we love it! 

 

Because I'm going to marry, I get some beautiful jewelry from my bestie Jody we bought at "The Grove". This is a big outdoor marketplace with a large central park with shops like; Michael Kors, Nike, GAP and many more.
LA is a bit expensive, but we found a place where you can shop for a good price.

 

Santee Alley; one of the most popular shopping areas in the LA Fashion District. It's an open air bazaar in Downtown LA. Discover over 150 stores and vendors selling everything - apparel accessories, footwear, clothes and much more. The Fashion District is between Maple and Santee Streets. This place is open 365 days a year from 9.30 am to 6 pm. 

 

Rodeo Drive; This is the most famous shopping district in America and probably the most expensive three blocks of shops in the world! Rodeo Dive is only three blocks long and is the place for the rich and famous. Tourists window-shop while trying to spot some movie stars on this famous street. You will find herel Armani, Gucci, Dior, Valentino and much more. You can also find the most expensive store in the world; Bijjan (420 Rodeo Drive). You must make an appointment to shop here. Prices in this store range from a $50 pair of socks to $15,000 suits. Amazing to see! 

 

Hollywood & Highland Center; is a shoppingmall and entertainment complex located in the heart of Hollywood, along the Hollywood Walk of fame. This place offers views of the Hollywood Hills and the Hollywood Sign to the North and downtown Los Angeles to the east. This place has over 70 shops and 25 restaurants, so nice to visit! 


Walk of Fame 

Off course the Hollywood Walk of Fame was one of the things on my bucket list. But in my mind it was different.

It's not so big as I thought and the streets are just normal streets. The people in LA also told us that the streets are dirty when there no Music or Movie Awards for TV. When we stayed in Los Angeles, there where many of this parties so the streets were clean.  

 

There are 2570 stars in the sidewalks of Hollywood Boulevard and Vine Street (1.3 miles). The stars are public monuments, bearing the names of actors, musicians, producers and others. This place is a popular tourist destination with 10 million visitors in 2003. You will find the stars of; Celine Dion, Sylvester Stallone, the Olsen twins and many more. Did you know they added 20 new stars a year? Amazing! 


Santa Monica Beach

Santa Monica located just west of Downtown Los Angeles, it's an iconic example of the fames Southern California beaches. This beach is 3.5 miles long and has parks, shops, restaurants and a few hotels.
The Santa Monica Pier, dates from 1909. The pier had a National Historic Landmark, the 1922 Looff Hippodrome Carousel. Films which prominently used the Santa Monica Pier include; Titanic and Forrest Gump (you can find Bubba Gump Shrimp Restaurant on the pier, owned by the company that produced the film and the food is delicious!). We visit this place for a few hours, because we wanted to see so much in the 3 days we had in Los Angeles.

This place is also nice to visit when you have kids, so much to see and do! 


LA Ink / Kat Von D's Tattoo

LA Ink an American reality show on TLC that followed the events of the High Voltage Tattoo. We just love this TV-serie and wanted to visit the other stores also (Miami Ink and New York ink). Kat Von D had also another store;

Kat Von D's Wonderland; specializing in unique books and artwork. This place is located next to the High Voltage Tattoo shop in West Hollywood. The best of this place is the parking lot! Look at that artwork, great! 


Skyline

I'm in love with this skyline... 


Google Maps Hotspots Los Angeles


Photo Gallery Los Angeles 

Pictures made by: Jody & myself 


Commentaren: 1
  • #1

    Ray (vrijdag, 11 maart 2016 21:02)

    I've only been to Los Angeles once, but I fell in love with the City of Angels after that visit. My perception going in was that it was fake and pretentious with nothing of real interest to see or do for my liking. Boy, was I ever wrong about that! Beautiful weather, friendly people, gorgeous scenery, amazing restaurants/bars, efficient transit system, and plenty of history and adventure to keep you busy weeks on end! Did your perception of Los Angeles change or did it meet your expectations after your visit?