Venice Beach never fails to impress me, the only comparison I could make is that it is just like Camden Market only on the beach. We enjoyed watching the local homeless banging on their buckets to make music and Elvis on rollerblades, it’s all very trivial but in small doses. It was a mission getting there from Hollywood though, 2 buses and 1 1/2 hrs later! We strolled along the board walk to Santa Monica pier, a major let down, as was Santa Monica town.
Universal Studios was awesome, as a huge movie buff it was so much fun for me. The only down side was the lining up, we got to go on all the rides except the Transformers that had a waiting time of 90 minutes. My favourite was Jurassic Park, it was so dated but getting soaked at the end made it very fun! The studio tour was pretty awesome too and I would recommend doing that first when you arrive.
Seeing the Hollywood Sign was a highlight, we paid a taxi driver $40 to take us there and back and he got us as close as possible as it is very elusive. It’s pretty impressive. He also gave us a little history lesson and showed us some celeb homes on the way up to the sign. Beverly Hills and Rodeo Drive are of course a must, just seeing how the other half live is fascinating and walking up and down the stretch of shops make sure to look out for celebs, they do hang around there. We parked up at a cafe called Farm in Beverley Hills and sat outside and watched the world go by (and a couple of celebrities). The food was of course big and tasty. Our favourite place to eat was an old style diner called Johnny Rockets, the breakfasts were delicious.
I still love L.A and know I will be back again….