January 20, 2014

California, Part III

My last and most touristy day of the trip! Even though Hollywood was a little less glitzy than I remembered and overrun with people, I still loved seeing the stars (my #1 priority was Audrey Hepburn's), Grauman's Chinese Theatre and more. I think mostly I just wanted to be out in LA and taking it all in - the atmosphere and the people. Whenever I'm in NYC, I feel like I'm usually so fixated on getting to my destination as soon as possible, that sometimes I forget to appreciate what's around me. 

Here are some photos from my last day: 

With Audrey Hepburn's star. Of course it's right by scaffolding but whatever, I'm happy that I got to see it. • Johnny Cash's star. I took pictures of about 10 different stars but I thought this would be a cool one to share.

Grauman's Chinese Theatre. • Judy Garland's foot/handprints.
 R2D2, C3PO and Darth Vader's prints. The geek in me totally loved this.
With the Harry Potter prints! I had to! (They were right next to Twilight's, which I felt was a huge insult.) • Red velvet ice cream sandwich and coffee from Milk. And yes, it's as delicious as it sounds.
I ate the whole thing and seriously wouldn't have minded seconds.
Chris Burden Urban Lights which you may recognize from the movie No Strings Attached. 
Very cool looking! I took a dozen photos of this thing. 
Smoke sculpture inside the LACMA (Los Angeles County Museum of Art). The name made me think of Smoky from Lost. • The Jesús Rafael Soto sculpture, Penetrabile. I had no idea this is what it was called at the time. It's a bunch of hanging yellow tubes and I saw a bunch of little kids running through it. So naturally I wanted to check it out (plus we matched).

So that was my trip to California! I think I did pretty good considering how last minute it all was. I mean at the end of the day, I really did want to just see a few cool things, eat good food and see my family. And I definitely got all of that. It was hard to leave and I won't lie, I was pretty cranky when I stepped off the plane into cold and dreary Newark Airport. Now that I know that I don't mind and even enjoy flying solo, I'm already thinking about the next time I'll be in LA. Hopefully it won't be another ten years!

(To see pictures from Part I and Part II.)

2 comments:

  1. You got to do a lot of fun things! I'm especially jealous you've taken a photo near the Harry Potter footprints/handprints bit, as I've not been there yet. But glad you had an amazing time!

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