Monday, April 27, 2015

California Adventures, Day 3: Hollywood.

Prior to visiting California, I was so sure that Hollywood was located in downtown L.A. Good lawwwd, I could not have been more wrong. Am I the only one who believed this to be true?! Someone please tell me no, because I feel stupid even admitting it. Let's just blame in on the fact that I'd never been before. Right? Right.

After about two seconds of internal debate, I made the executive decision to leave my DSLR camera at home for our Hollywood excursion. I just didn't feel like dealing with all the crazy people. On top of that, the strap around my neck gets super hot and uncomfortable. No thank you! So iPhone pictures had to suffice on this particular adventure.

We started off our afternoon at Loteria Grill, a little Mexican food joint right on Hollywood Boulevard on top of the Walk of Fame. I ordered a few tacos and obviously I had to try their jalapeño margarita.

Unfortunately, I didn't think the marg lived up to its $13 price tag. I'm all about spicy, but it was a little bit overkill. However, those corn tortillas were easily the best I've ever had (and I hate corn tortillas), so I wasn't too upset about it.

After lunch, we took to Hollywood Boulevard and all of its touristy glory. Because this trip was so last minute, I didn't even think to try and attend a taping of Ellen, Jimmy Fallon, Conan O'Brien, etc. until it was way too late to even try and get tickets. Womp womp. So instead, we decided to do our own bit of wandering to see where we ended up. I ended up posing with a wax version of Shrek, so no surprise there. We also took an obligatory picture in front of the Chinese Theater, and I snapped a picture with Godzilla's Star of Fame. 

In all honesty, I felt like I was going into Hollywood pretty blind, so after making an obligatory trip to the Chinese Theater, Rose and I decided to plop our happy butts on a tour guide bus and let someone else do the exploring for us. Because that's what we do when we're overwhelmed with options. And I am perfectly okay with that.

We settled on a celebrity home tour which took us all around Hollywood Hills, Beverly Hills, and Rodeo Drive. I caught a glimpse of Jennifer Lawrence's house (pictured below...BRB fan girling), the Playboy Mansion, and the home that a good chunk of the Big Lebowski was filmed in, so it was definitely worth the $25 price of admission for me. Our tour guide was from South Carolina, and he was hilarious. It was only about 10 of us on the bus, so we became a close group of buds in just two hours.

[Jennifer Lawrence's house!]

At the end of our tour, we were taken to an overlook that gave us an unforgettable view of the entire city. Let's just say, we don't have those types of views in Florida. Not a chance.

And just in case a day like this wasn't enough, I sat two tables away from Maggie Gyllenhaal and her family at a hotel restaurant in Santa Monica later on that evening. Jake was allegedly supposed to come down from his hotel room but never did. My husband can be so moody sometimes. Ugh.



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