Sam and I got up well-rested on Saturday morning and plotted out our day.
We went to Hollywood Boulevard, parked and just started walking. We stumbled upon the Walk of Fame, the Chinese Theatre, the cement handprints, and other classic LA tourist spots.
Harry Potter handprints! Yesterday you learned that I love Disney, today you learn that I am enamored with the anything Harry Potter.
Frank Sinatra and Julie Andrews’ hand/foot prints.
Sam and I went on the tour of the Chinese theatre, which was pretty cool. We learned about some of the neat history and got to view one of the biggest movie theatre screens.
Marilyn Monroe’s hand/foot prints. Note the 53!
The Walk of Fame went all up and down Hollywood Boulevard. Sam and I walked and walked and we still didn’t get to the end.
Some of my favorites: Rugrats (!!), Mister Rogers & Walt Disney. Of course.
We even spotted some Space Invader street art! So cool, especially after seeing the movie Exit Through The Gift Shop.
We found an adorable little secondhand bookstore, all movie/cinema/TV/film/entertainment related. I didn’t end up getting anything, but we spent quite some time reading about behind the scenes of popular films.
OBSESSED. I loooooooved the Wizard of Oz as a kid! Okay, I still love the Wizard of Oz. These were life-sized wax figures loitering outside of one of the museums.
We went to a smoothie/ice cream place where Sam and I got smoothies to sip on as we walked around. I got a really delicious banana honey oat smoothie. Strange combo, but good.
If you’ve ever been to Hollywood Boulevard, you know that it is a) always super crowded/touristy and b) crawling with tour guides trying to get you to go on celebrity house tours. They tours aren’t super cheap and Sam and I had little desire to see the fence at a celebrity’s house. Literally every ten feet, someone would come up to us and ask us about going on a tour. Sam and I decided to make it a game and
harass talk to as many tour guides as we could. It was crazy what these guys would do to try and get you on the tour. We asked all sorts of stupid questions like “Is that open-top tour bus even safe? How many people have died on the tour?” to “How many celebrities can we meet on the tour? I only want to go if we can meet them.” to “Who is Elvis Presley? Can we meet him?” We got one guy down to ten bucks before he figured out our little game, told us we were full of shit and to go home. It.was.hilarious.
We drove up to the Hollywood sign after messing with the tour guides. It was so beautiful up there.
WANT. This garage was painted to mimic a bookshelf. So neat.
We drove by Rodeo Drive and gawked at the fancy stores.
And ended up at the Santa Monica Pier to watch the sunset.
We didn’t go on any rides because they were overpriced, and it was SO WINDY on that pier. Since the sun was setting, it was getting cold too! We were feeling a bit hungry so we walked around and found a place to eat.
Surprise, surprise, we ended up at another Italian place. I had butternut squash ravioli in a butter sage sauce. SO creamy and comforting. The sage was crispy and complimented the soft ravioli well.
Sam got a classic, spaghetti and red sauce.
Sunday was a chill day. We decided to hang out near the hotel in Marina Del Rey, walk up the boardwalk to Venice Beach and just relax with no real plans.
We found a cute little breakfast cafe just a short walk away from the hotel. Sam got coffee and I got a carrot/orange/yogurt blend that tasted just like a creamsicle.
The egg salad and avocado sandwich looked good, so I went with that. It was basically a vegan nightmare, but it was so tasty. I’ve been craving a good egg salad like that ever since.
Sam got some turkey/ham combo on french toast bread and fruit.
These things were kind of creepy. They were all over the sky! We actually watched one plane make one. Still haven’t figured out why they were there or what they meant.
After breakfast and a quick stop at Starbucks (duh), we walked up and down the boardwalk at Venice Beach. There were street performers and trashy beach shops all up and down the coastline. Neat to look at, but not really my cup of tea anymore.
After walking along the super chilly boardwalk for a bit, we decided to take a nap and then go see a movie. We weren’t dying to see anything else in LA, but we were dying to see Bridesmaids!
We ate before the movie at a rustic little panini cafe. I had a portobello mushroom/vegetable panini with gazpacho. The gazpacho was a little bit too garlicky for my taste (I didn’t think that was possible either) but the sandwich was delicious.
We had to have a little something sweet, so we got chocolate chip cookies.
They were fresh out of the oven and so yummy!
After dinner we saw Bridesmaids (which was sooo funny, highly recommended!), went to Barnes and Noble and crashed early. We had to get up super early the next morning for my flight home! Wahhh!
The views out of the plane were stunning. We went over the Rocky Mountains and possibly part of the Grand Canyon? Whatever it was, it was gorgeous.
I had a connection in Chicago and snapped a quick shot of the city as we we were landing. Next time I’ll have to give Chicago a proper visit.
All in all my vacation was absolutely wonderful and exactly what I needed. I’m a firm believer in taking some sort of vacation/trip at least once a year (money and time permitting), just to get out, relax and experience a new place. I loved everything about this trip, from the food, the culture and the good friend I had by my side.
While the end of a vacation is sad, it only means the plans for another one can begin!