California, California, You’re such a wonder that I think I’ll sleep instead

Has a friend that is staying here in California for a short bit. I told her I take her to LA, and she particularly requested to go to Hollywood. Very understandle. When you’re from a different state and doesn’t have much time, hitting the popular travel destination is just about the right place to go to.


I was anticipating heat, traffic, and lotsa people. So I decided to just sit back, relax, and not worry about driving to various places and dealing with traffic. We hopped onย a Hollywood tour bus. It wasn’t hot as expected. There was a considerable traffic. But there is lotsa people!

If you happen to come here and decide to do a Hollywood tour, I suggest negotiating the price down to $20-$25. The tour we had also tour us to Hollywood sign, Rodeo Dr, Playboy Mansion (can’t see anything), and the street stretch of Sunset Blvd. Every tour bus has a tour guideย giving passengers tidbits of information.

sister act

Sister Act Church

The tour took us to some celebrity house. A lot of it are covered with high fences that you can’t even see the house itself. It’s very rare that you see a celebrity out the house galavanting around. A lot of it I don’t remember whose house is which. ๐Ÿ˜€

These houses in Beverly Hills cost 1-50 million dollars.

Back to the main street, weย saw some familiar figures like The Minions, Mickey Mouse, Jack Sparrow, Wolverine, Spiderman, Michael Jackson, etc. Some of them do not like the real one at all. The best one is Wolverine.

There’s also the handprints, footprints, noseprints, faceprints, and other bodypartprints in front of The Chinese Theater….


My friend had fun here…

10376059_10152471251453578_2456416641524417125_nย Then there is the Walk of Fame…

I happened to only take pictures of film and musicย directors – James Cameron, Hans Zimmer, Steven Spielberg, and

Mark Burnett, creator of the TV show Survivor, which I’m a big fan of – Survivor’s Famous Last Words.


We also saw these awesome graffiti near where we parked.




The whole tour for me was average to my liking. My friend however thanked me so muchย exclaiming thatย she loved it.

The title of the thread is from the lyrics of Rufus Wainwright from his song “California”. The song basically speaks and uses sarcasms of the glamour and glitters of Hollywood.


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  1. We did the Hollywood tour thing last Christmas when our daughter came to visit. We didn’t do the bus but drove and hiked up to and behind the Hollywood sign…great fun. But, boy were the touristy streets ever crowded! We didn’t see the graffiti:( It looks so neat!

    BTW…met up with Terry and LuAnn today and guess what…no rain, only sun!! The sky didn’t begin to darken until we parted to head home…finally!!!

    • Griffith Park! I will be visitting it again when they’ll an outdoor viewing theater. Me is excited.

      Glad to hear the sky was clear during your meet. Will look forward reading both posts about it. Me is excited. ๐Ÿ˜€

    • OMG! That was shocking. I thought Tony is done. This season was very unpredictable. I stood up, and was celebrating when Jeff read that vote. I was pro-Tony. ๐Ÿ˜€

  2. Sounds like a nice low-stress way to see the city. I’m glad your friend had fun and as always, I’m glad you took photos. (I can never remember who lived in which house on famous-people tours either…)

    • The only thing about the pink is that he looks he’s trying to poop. ๐Ÿ˜† My friend was overwhlemed by the crowd. She’s from North Carolina.

  3. I did visit there once – en-route to Baja Mexico. I remember thinking Hollwood seemed a bit grungy, and not what I expected, but maybe I didn’t see the best bits!

  4. Great pictures. The house with the green shudders looks like the house they may have used for the movies Father of Bride 1 and 2 with Steve Martin. It is so quaint compared to the other homes, I wonder who it belongs to.

  5. I haven’t been to LA in many years. With what your interests seem to be, I can see why this trip was not the most exciting for you. Sometimes you just have to take one for the team! ๐Ÿ˜‰ Who’s that good-looking guy featured on the Walk of Fame? Haven’t seen him in many posts lately. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • You can’t take Dr. Phil’s house. But we can sure raid it. I’ll do some sort of act to divert them, then you’ll be the driver, and we need to find someone who can carry things for us. ๐Ÿ˜€

  6. We did a little bit of the Hollywood thing about 26 years or so ago. It was interesting. We went to the cemetery where all the old Hollywood stars are buried. And of course Grauman’s Chinese Theatre. I love the old movies from the 30s and 40s so was looking for more of their stuff. It would be fun to do again, I think, and see more and different things.

  7. I think you just had a very fun time! I love the photos, and although I’ve lived here my whole life and wandered around all these spots since a child, I still think that I’d enjoy a bus tour sometime. I’ve never done that, and I think it would be quite fun! Maybe sometime when we have guests that would be the perfect thing to do! ๐Ÿ™‚

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