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North America » United States » California » Los Angeles » Hollywood August 10th 2022

C’est parti pour la découverte de Los Angeles et bien sur, le lieu le plus emblématique: Hollywood. On part de notre cottage vers dix heures. La circulation est correct en ce milieu de matinée et après vingt minutes de route, on arrive sur le boulevard et on va se garer au parking du centre commercial Highland, juste à côté du Chinese Theatre, et du Dolby Theatre, qui chaque année voit se dérouler la cérémonie des oscars. Hollywood boulevard n’est pas encore très animé à cette heure. Les boutiques de souvenirs ouvrent à peine. On commence à jouer à chercher les étoiles et à prendre en photo celle des célébrités qui nous tiennent à cœur. On file complètement à l’Ouest du "Walk of Fame". Le début est indiqué par les « Four Ladies of Hollywood », quatre ... read more
Hollywood Sign
Rodeo Drive
Griffith Observatory

Considering how poorly Asian men are portrayed in Hollywood, I was genuinely surprised to learn about Sessue Hayakawa, a Japanese actor who became one of the biggest stars during the American silent era of the 1910s.He became one of Hollywood’s first sex symbols after starring in the film, The Cheat (1915) in which he plays a cruel villain (there’s a scene in which he literally brands a woman). Despite his portrayal, Hayakawa became extremely popular with American women for his “broodingly handsome” good looks. At one point, he was the highest paid actor in Hollywood (making over $3,500 a week), and his fame was on par with that of Charlie Chaplin.Although, Hayakawa was highly sought after during the 1910s and early 1920s, he became disillusioned by constantly being typecast for the same roles. He decided to ... read more

North America » United States » California » Los Angeles » Hollywood February 13th 2021 12th February - The Walk of Fame Hollywood The man credited with the idea for creating a Walk of Fame, was E. M. Stuart, who served in 1953 as the volunteer president of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, he proposed the Walk as a means to “maintain the glory of a community whose name means glamour and excitement in the four corners of the world”. On February 9, 1960, The first star to be dedicated on the historic walkway belonged to the actress Joanne Woodward, an Academy Award winner for The Three Faces of Eve (1957). There are currently 2,691 stars - The five categories are Film, TV, Radio, Recording and Theatre/Live performance. Every application has to include a statement from the celebrity that confirms they actually want to have a star, they also have ... read more

One of the longest running TV shows of all time, is a day time "soap" opera, Guiding Light. Binge-watching the longtime-favorite soap opera Guiding Light would take quite a while: Between 1952 and 2009, the show aired 15,762 television episodes. Before that, Guiding Light began as a radio show in 1937 — between the airwaves and the small screen, 18,262 “stories” were broadcast overall. Not only does that make for a lot of long-lost relatives, murder, and clone plot lines, that makes ... read more
The Cast of Guiding Light
All good things must end

North America » United States » California » Los Angeles » Hollywood February 12th 2020

We went to Denny’s for breakfast this morning, as apparently it’s a classic American diner that everyone has to have breakfast at, at least once. I’m sure everyone is aware of this, but far out the portion sizes are huge here! Definitely couldn’t finish everything. We got metro cards at the subway station and loaded them with juuust enough for the time we’re in LA (each time you tap it takes $1.75, no matter how far you’re travelling, so as long as we don’t take more trips than expected we’ll be fine), and hopped on the subway to Hollywood! It was so surreal. We walked the walk of fame and got probably as close as we could to the Hollywood sign (so, miles away) and decided to go check out the Dolby theatre and see if ... read more

To our dismay we looked out of the window in the morning and it appeared that the cloud has been following us from San Francisco. The sky was drab and grey and not what we were expecting from August in the city that brought the world Bay Watch. Not that it could make the early morning view from our hotel any more depressing. We watched a bit of the Olympics coverage whist we were getting ready for the day. Needless to say it was focused around the American athletes (but then I suppose any Americans on holiday in the UK will be making a similar complaint) although the plucky Brits did get a mention or two. For our first full day in LA we planned on going to Hollywood, starting with the sign. My daughter had ... read more
Matt Damon
Marilyn Monroe
Hotel View

Bags fueled...itinerary handy... excitement over-ruling... Yayyyy! My friend and I are on a road trip to LA, the world famous Hollywood hub. While I already pacified my wanderlust soul of not being able to completely cover a place as vibrant and happening as LA in just two days, my friend, who was a frequent visitor, reassured that things would be fine. Waking up at 4 am to a quiet, stand-still morning, we headed to the US 101 South Highway to witness the most scenic route alongside the Pacific coast. It was such a bliss to watch the Sun dawn upon the lush green mountains, with its golden rays sparkling on the deep blue waters of the mighty Pacific Ocean. Grabbing a hot cup of coffee and sandwich for breakfast, we drove through the phenomenal Pacific ... read more
That was the closest I could get to him - Hollywood Walk of Fame
 HOLLYWOOD Sign - View from the Beverly Hills
The Disney Experience @ LA - One of it's kind

We have tickets to Universal Studios! Hello everyone and hope you are enjoying reading the blogs as much as I am experiencing them! We were told by Hugh's friend that Universal was packed out because they had only just opened The Harry Potter World 2 weeks ago, so when we got back we ordered tickets online. Has a few problems getting it to work and had to go back on myself a few times, but as I pressed buy, I realised that I had bought tickets for the Monday and not the Tuesday and it was now 11.30pm Monday night! Stupid system! So, I woke up at the crack of dawn and called them in the morning. Luckily they changed it over and so one excited little girl yesterday was secretly like Tigger, bouncing around trying ... read more

Geo: 34.0983, -118.326All good things must come to an end and so it was with our journey along Route 66. A road warrior purist might argue that we spent more time off of the legendary route than on it and don't qualify for the T-Shirt, but we did use it as beacon as we worked our way across America.Our last stretch along the Mother Road in California allowed us to spend a night in one of the iconic Wigwam Motels. We had seen one of these earlier in Arizona but it was closed for the season. I'm not sure they pass the definition of Politically Correct anymore but how often do you get to stay in a motel that was built in the 1930s/1940s which mistakenly refers to the rooms as wigwams- they are actually in ... read more
Tonto Peeks Out Of Our Tent
Route 66 Wagon
Wigwam Village

North America » United States » California » Los Angeles » Hollywood January 5th 2016

After two and a half years in L.A., I'm taking my show on the road again. I've done a lot while here... I've joined a fire conclave, spun fire poi at Burning Man in 2014 1n 2015, face painted at El Pueblo on Olvera Street and at the Griffith Park Merry-Go-Round, taken painting classes with Julio P. at Art Works, taken a Cyr Wheel class, done some Capoeira, saw Evita, Wicked and Matilda... and walked a lot. I saw my daughter play a million princesses, Mary Poppins, and Ursula the Sea Witch at Creating Arts, perform in Burlesque and Freak Show formats and fire dance. I helped a friend to live with joy and not die alone. I conquered my fear of choreography and savored the joy of face painting. The time is ripe for leaving. ... read more
Kevin and Amelia

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