Ready for some celebrity crush? Well I was certainly outrageously ready. Despite to having a stand of not visiting any MADAME TUSSAUDS at every countries I've visited as I still prefer to rub shoulders with the real deal, but since it was FOC with 48 hours/2 days hop-on hop-off bus tour so why not? By the way, it cost $59 dollar per person which was also given complimentary if you book online from this website HERE. Print it out and bring along the voucher. Weather was about 19-22 which was perfect!
Had a good sleep the night before with comfy bed and pillows. After I had my balance of Johnny Rocket’s tuna meltz last night as breakfast this morning, I am ready to explore HOLLYWOOD. Off we were out from DoubleTree with nice weather. We searched for the nearest hop on hop off bus stops which was located at the American Japanese Museum, Little Tokyo. While waiting we met with 2 friendly Australians Christina and Maya which was also having the same direction with us. It was 920am, and suddenly we saw the red huge double Decker bus opposite of the road. I guessed we had got it wrong and we quickly hit the traffic button hoping it will turn red soon so that we could catch the bus. We managed to catch the 1st stop and hop on after showing our receipt. He handover an earplug and a map for us before explaining some safety measure and the last bus timing.
|Downtown LA on a sunny bright day|
Never could i believe that I was actually in Los Angeles! Always wanted to be here and now that it has come true, it was certainly overwhelming. I really missed LA as I'm typing this. wish I could go there again.
|Broadway any one?|
The street are pretty quiet as people are still sleeping i guess..ahha.. Some of the places remind me of the familiar Hollywood movie scene like Spiderman, King Kong , Transformer etc. Probably some of the location were shot here.
|Los Angeles Theater building is still very classic like how we watch in Hollywood movie|
|The fashion district|
|No idea what building was this but it certainly look cool|
|As we are approaching Hollywood, there a glimpse of Downtown LA at the highway|
|the Hollywood signage|
We decided to visit Madame Tussauds first and check out the street of Walk of Fame, Chinese Theather, Hollywood sign, Beverly Hills, and just chill around that order. While we are battling with the strong wind on top of the double decker bus, we also managed to listen through the bus narration on how Hollywood name came about. So if you are first time here, i suggest for you to take this tour as it is not only 'educational' but also hassle free to move about. Who know you might also spot some real celebrity.
|Madame Tussauds --|
|Tom Cruise -walk of fame..my childhood crush|
|Oh Johnny Depp..!|
|Brad Pitt close up|
|Much detailed and it takes almost 3-6 months to finish up one wax celebrity|
|haha..it was certainly fun mimicking their poses|
|One of my all time favorite classic inspiring movie|
|till we meet again..|
|Rest in peace yo|
|even Bollywood artiste were here haha Kuch Kuch hotai hai|
So after rubbing shoulders with some of the celebrities at the wax museum, we had our nice lunch at California Pizza. well..if you are in California, you gotta try their special pizza.Upon checking in, I noticed that by installing the California Pizza application in your mobile, 1 free CHicken Tinga Quesadilla will be given for free with at least 2 main course dish were ordered. So after installing the apps, I just need to flash the apps and show it to the waiter. easy peasy.
|Total was $16.50|
Then we just wandering around Walk of Fame street, get some souveniers and suddenly was approached by this local tour guide for Celebrity Mansion tour. It costs us US20 per person which a little disappointing as we only get to sit on the ride and take picture from afar. But anyway, at least it was cool to witness the mansion of Katy Perry+Russel Brand (before they broke off), Britney Spears, George Clooney etc at Beverly Hills.
|the stairs at HOllywood Boulevard..remember GLEE?? some of the scenes were shot here..|
|presenting the famous HOllywood signage|
|Katy Pary + Russel Brand ex-mansion|
|some of the huge houses at the hillside|
|like an english house|
|House of Blues at Sunset Boulevard|
|Halloween decorated houses...must be quite spooky at night|
|the famous signage|
|Rodeo Drive..famous shopping street|
By the time, we are done, we head back to Hollywood Boulevard to check the night view and for the last hop on hop off bus before heading back to Downtown LA. Grab Subway sandwich for dinner and then it was wifi all the way...Heck..cant live without the internet..
Okay, next post will be another familiar place where you normally watch on HOllywood movie or teleseries. So wait for it..Bye for now!
1. Ultimate Dream Trip
2. Beverly Hills and Santa Monica