|The Hollywood Walk of Fame|
To be honest, Los Angeles is not my favorite city. I have always felt that it is more of an over sized suburb rather than a city. You know, the kind of place where no one ever walks, and the car is king. However, about 5 years ago one of my daughters moved out here, and in my time visiting her, I have discovered some parts of the city where walking can be fun and interesting.
HollywoodHollywood stretches East from La Brea and north from Santa Monica., but its most famous and tourist heavy section is along Hollywood Blvd. from La Brea to Highland. La Brea and Hollywood is the start of the famous Walk of Fame. At this intersection there is a little pavilion to commemorate the start of the Walk.
|Delores Del Rio|
|Anna May Wong|
As you continue east you get to the TCL Chinese Theater.
|Noon on Christmas Day|
Walking back to La Brea and then south there are some interesting things to see, especially this time of year. I encountered a pop-up Christmas tree stand called The Lopez Ranch. Now Christmas Trees in LA can seem incongruous under the best of circumstances, but then I was reintroduced to idea of "flocking." Flocking is the spraying of a snow-like substance onto the branches of the tree. I had first seen it in Paris 18 years ago, where snow was added to make trees in public spaces to make it look more 'Christmas-y". In LA they have added their own take to it - color:
Yes that is Kermit the Frog in Charlie Chaplin's Little Tramp outfit. The reason? This is the home of Jim Henson Studios.
But the history of the studio goes back to the 1920's. It was the home of Charlie Chaplin's studio. So in tribute, Kermie wears his costume
But don't worry, Charlie is still hanging around:
There are some other classic things to see:
|Micky D's doesn't use this logo anymore|
I will add my two cents to the "best burger" debate later in this series.
One thing that I like about LA is that there is a lot of street art, both formal and informal:
|seen on Santa Monica Blvd|
More to come: