With our time in California quickly dwindling, I’m racking my brain to think of what I really want to do. I’ve honestly done most stuff on my bucket list. Sure, I’ve never been to Disneyland, but I’ve been to Disney World a couple times, so I don’t think I’m missing out. One thing I hadn’t done yet was go to Hollywood. Since we moved here, I’ve been telling my husband I wanted to go and play tourist. Just once and then I’ll be satisfied. We saw the Hollywood sign from Griffith Park last year, so this was all that was left.
Saturday morning, we got up and made the drive into L.A. Our plan was to see the sites on Hollywood Boulevard and then take a quick trip to the Forever Cemetery. We ran out of time for the cemetery, but that’s ok! We found a place to park and made our way down the street, trying to read all the names on the stars and check everything out at the same time. If you didn’t know, Hollywood is pretty seedy. It’s not so bad that you don’t feel safe during the day or anything like that, but there are a lot of homeless people and shady looking people wandering around. The most annoying thing was the people hitting us up for tours. I scream tourist with my camera around my neck though. The kids didn’t know anyone of the names on the stars, so when we did find one they knew, pictures were necessary!
By the time we made it too Grauman’s Chinese Theater, we were starved. We met up with some friends, devoured some Hooters, and crossed the street to take in the other side. All the hand and feet prints of celebrities are in front of the theater. The kids had no idea who most of the people were, but hand fun comparing their hands and feet to the ones in concrete. The husband is a big John Wayne fan, so we found his for pictures. We were both shocked and disappointed at the size of his feet. IMDB says he was 6’4″, yet my feet were bigger. Maybe it was just the boots he was wearing that day.
We had a fun day. The only thing we paid for was parking ($10) and lunch. I’ve also satisfied my desire to see Hollywood now.