USA 2013: California Dreaming

July 18, 2013

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“I hopped off the plane at LAX with a dream and my cardigan. Welcome to the land of fame excess, am I gonna fit in?”

The song just kept on repeating in my head!

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There’s a Philippine flag in front of our hotel, which is within walking distance from LAX.

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We only allotted 2 days to see the West, since it was only a last-minute addition to the original plan. We all had something we needed to get back to here in the Philippines that’s why we weren’t able to stay longer.

Given that we only had limited time, there’s no better and faster way to tour Los Angeles than with a tour bus. We picked LA City Tours to tour us around the city for 5 hours. With the rate and services offered, I’d give them a 7/10.

I think most of the photos were taken while we were inside the bus (which was not open as seen in the photo above) so expect some reflections, blurriness and gloominess. Haha!

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We passed by what used to be Lindsay Lohan’s place.

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Venice Canals
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Our first stop was the Venice Beach. There are a lot of things you could do and buy there. 

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Next stop was El Pueblo de Los Angeles, which was the birthplace of LA. To me, this place was recognizable because of the Spanish appearance of the place. There were churches everywhere, very much like here in the Philippines.

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On the way (top-bottom; left-right): Walt Disney Concert Hall, Staples Center and a building near the World Trade Center

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I’m in Hollywood! Or was!

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Hollywood Walk of Fame: Stars with THE Star (..of this blog)

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Some interesting characters I saw while walking along Hollywood Blvd.

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The view of the city.

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Beverly Hills: Home of the Rich and Famous

Look at the witch’s house (bottom-left) and Simon Cowell’s house (bottom-right).

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Rodeo Drive was our last stop. I’m sure this place feels like heaven for shoppers (..with lots of moola).

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On our second day in LA, we decided to try the famous In-n-Out Burger. We are big fans of Shake Shack in NYC and it is said that In-n-Out is its counterpart in the West, so we went and compared the two. Our verdict: Shake Shack wins!

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So close yet unreachable. Okay, what am I saying? 

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Later that day, our relatives took us to a reservoir which has a great view of the Hollywood Sign. 

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Happy me with the sign. #selfie #lolwhut

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Now, I’m ending this post with a beautiful view of the Hollywood Hills.

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