L.A holds a special place in my heart. Having had the joy of visiting L.A pretty much every year for the past five years for both work and pleasure, I’ve grown somewhat attached to the place. Our time here has been all kinds of fun, we stayed in Hollywood one of L.A’s most famous districts, here are some of our best-loved places, observations, highlights and pictures from the World’s entertainment capital .
The People- Known for it’s plastic fantastic crowd, A-listers, dreamers and iconic figures the people in L.A are what really make the place so fabulous. Walking around Hollywood you’ll encounter some true characters, even the bums are entertainers. Everybody comes here with a dream, some succeed. It seems quite common for people to work numerous jobs to fund their everyday bills while they pursue their dreams, so tip your waitress because you never know where they’re heading. In Hollywood you can take a walk around the block and come back with a tale to tell. People here are beautiful, welcoming, friendly, optimistic, some are just plain crazy.
The Hollywood Roosevelt: The first time I came to Hollywood on an inspirational shopping trip for work I stayed at The Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel. The Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel hosted the 1st Academy Awards in 1929 inside its Blossom ballroom. The hotel’s remodeled pool contains an underwater mural painted by David Hockney. Marilyn Monroe stayed in Cabana Suite 229, which overlooked the pool. A mirror which once hung in her room, now in storage following hotel renovations, is said to be haunted by her spirit. A classic Hollywood hotel!
The History: Everywhere you turn in Hollywood is an iconic landmark or something you recognise from the movies. The pavements are lined with stars, the buildings are steeped in cinematic history. It all started back in 1911 when the first studio in Hollywood was established in an unused roadhouse at 6121 Sunset Boulevard at the corner of Gower. The first feature film made in Hollywood was in 1914 titled ‘The Squaw Man’ directed by Cecil B. DeMille and Oscar Apfel. By 1920, Hollywood had become world-famous as the center of the United States film industry. The Hollywood Walk of Fame was created in 1958 as a tribute to artists and contributors within the entertainment industry and now there’s more than 2,400 stars. We loved spotting our personal favourites as we walked up and down the street from Al Jolson, Dolly Parton to Eartha Kitt all the greats are there shining bright, keep your eyes peeled for the only two fictional characters to be awarded a star. Can you guess who they are? Kermit The Frog and Big Bird, that’s who.
Sprawling City: L.A is vast, let me tell you, it’s a driving city. The benefits of having such a sprawling city is that every neighbourhood has it’s own very individual identity and you can experience anything you like from a day at the bohemian Venice beach to a hike in the Hollywood Hills or a pastrami sandwich in some Downtown deli. There really is something to do no matter what your mood. The negatives are that the roads are often congested, everything is spread, you have to allow time to drive from place to place and the public transport is not great. We sat in the glorious sunshine and looked out over the sprawling expanse of buildings, swimming pools and palm trees, which is a truly magical sight!