on October 16, 2010
Any trip to Los Angeles would not be complete without a visit to the Hollywood Walk of Fame. I visited this attraction early in the day, I came from Santa Monica, which is a good area to stay in. From Santa Monica i used the yellow bus which does journeys both to Downtown LA and Hollywood. I bought a day pass for $3 which is outstanding value, however the journey is long and tiresome, stopping at every stop turns a journey you could make in half an hour into an hour and a half journey. I left from Santa Monica Main street and got off at Fairfax, then its possible to walk to the area.I had been warned in advance that Hollywood isnt all tinsel town, far from it, the areas surrounding are dingy and you get the feeling that you have to keep your wits about you. Once i was on the main Hollywood boulevard it was a different story. You see the magnificent Kodak theatre which is well worth a visit. However to the front of it you see the pavestones with the stars' name on them.There are crowds of tourists and people selling tours tickets on the street. One tour worth doing is the Hollywood movies stars home. You can buy your tickets outside the Kodak theatre. Heres a tip you will get lots of people selling tickets and in the late afternoon they reduce the prices. I got a $30 for $15 and the tour aligns and finishes at the same spot.The walk of fame itself goes on all down the Boulevard, also known as the Boulevard of broken dreams. I found it amazing the amount of different stars names, ranging from Hollywood greats to lesser known modern day personalities. The stones are polished and glittering with gold writing. It would take a long time to walk and look at each one, however i couldnt help but take photos of the names of the stars and checking out some of the film museums on the Boulevard.The area is filled with souveneir shops selling tshirts and souveneirs at reasonable prices. The street is good for taking photographs. You will recognise buildings and certain areas being in other Hollywood films and by paying a visit to the few museums you will get to see costumes and history relating to the movies.I recommend for something to eat going to Mel's Diner only a short distance down the Boulevard. When i went there was a constant stream of customers and the diner was the sight of quite a few movies itself. It is done like a 50s diner and i ordered burger fries and a milkshake which was delicious and cost $9.One more thing as dusk approaches it is best to leave. The area starts to fill up with shady characters. However the area is well policed, locals say its dangerous at night. There is the perfect backdrop of the Hollywood Hills sign which you can see in the Kodak Theatre so spend time taking photos from the balcony there.Well worth a visit.
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