Tuesday, 3 November 2015

Photo Update - Hollywood

For this next post I thought I'd write a little about two trips I've taken over the last couple of weeks to Hollywood.

With having just over a month left here in America I want to make sure I've been to most of the places I'd like to go to in and around Los Angeles. I'm feeling so much more confident with planning myself day trips than I did when I first arrived here, so I've research about some of the 'must do's' around L.A - one of them being Hollywood! So, I organised myself two separate trips to see some of the main 'touristy' sites and to soak in a bit of the Hollywood atmosphere.

The first of the two trips I planned was to go to the Hollywood Forever Cemetery, my sister had previously mentioned it, and said that I should go. I didn't get too excited with the initial idea, partly because I felt too nervous and anxious with going to Hollywood by myself, and partly because I wasn't quite sure about the idea of going to a cemetery.

However, I'm so glad I changed my mind as my time here was just fantastic (a big thank you to Anna)! The grounds were beautiful - with many different colours of flowers, perfectly cut hedges and trees filled the landscape. Very large tombstones were seen in every direction; as well as statues, fountains and even a large pond! Bouquets of flowers were delicately placed alongside the gravestones adding unity and peace; this cemetery is by far the most beautiful, well kept cemetery I've ever seen.

Not only was the cemetery perfectly kept, but as I went during the time of the preparations for Halloween, of course there was bound to be an abundance of Halloween decorations placed around the grounds, which definitely made it feel very American! I'm not a huge fan of Halloween myself, so I found the decorations to be quite weird and scary...but non the less, my time here was lovely!

I will now share some photos of my time here at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery.



Can you spot the Hollywood sign?


One of the large tombstones!


And now for some of the crazy Halloween decorations...




With my trip to the Hollywood Forever Cemetery being a success I then felt I was ready to organise another trip to Hollywood, this being to go to central Hollywood. I'd been here with my Mum a few years ago, but only for a short time on a bus tour and I couldn't really remember much of it, so I was feeling a little apprehensive as to what it'd be like.

I must say, Hollywood is definitely very over the top, and bad a very different feel compared to the chilled Californian vibes in Santa Monica. I mainly kept to the main street - Hollywood Boulevard; here are some of the well known sights such as Madame Tussauds, TCL Chinese Theatre, Hollywood Wax Museum, El Capitan Theatre and the Capitol Records Building. 

Being completely honest, I did find it quite overwhelming as there were crowds of people in every direction, as well as people dressed up, loud music, and a lot of other crazy things going on. But, I did managed to stick around for a while to take some photographs and I'm so glad I did! 

Although being very busy, noisy and a bit OTT I did in fact find it weirdly nice being in the hustle and bustle for a short while. I wouldn't have liked to stay for any longer than I did, but for the time I went I was able to enjoy myself which is the main thing - yay!

I also managed to get a few photos which I'll now share with you. Enjoy!


Walking along the Walk Of Fame...



Madame Tussauds...


TCL Chinese Theatre...


The Disney Store...


In Hollywood and Highland Shopping Mall...


Wax Museum...


And finally the Capitol Records Building!


I hope you liked having this little insight into my two trips to Hollywood :) 

As always, thank you for reading! Lots of love x