I forgot to mention that in July, I took a trip to Los Angeles to visit my mom who was there for work. I took a Greyhound bus there and we stayed at the Holiday Inn in Santa Monica. I loved the location of the hotel, it was in the middle of everything. We stayed for a whole week. I arrived in LA on a Sunday. I heard that pimps try to pick up young girls at the los angeles greyhound station, so I told my mom to stay away from the pimps. LOL
The hotel had free breakfast everyday, so we would get up around 8am every morning and go have pancakes, eggs, turkey sausage, cinnamon rolls, yogurt, any kind of juice. Not all at once, lol, but different stuff each day. Mom ate oatmeal every morning.
My mom was busy most of the days doing work at UCLA so I had the rental car while she was there. Tuesday night me and mom went to the famous Roscoes Chicken and Waffle. Not the original location but the closest one to Santa Monica.
The first couple of days (Monday and Tuesday) I would drop her off at UCLA then go back to the hotel and sleep till it was time to pick her up. After awhile I got tired of that though so I decided to venture out.
Wednesday I asked my friend Hailey of Discourse of a Divine Diva where I could find the NKOTB star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. We are both New Kids on the Block super fans (Did I ever mention that I saw NKOTB in concert for my birthday this past May? It was great) She gave me the address (The star is located at 7072 Hollywood Boulevard.) and I decided to drive into Los Angeles to see it in person. Let me tell you, it was a long drive and on my way in I saw Lisa Vanderpumps PUMP bar and I was so hyped. It took me about a half hour to get there from Santa Monica cause I had no idea where i was going but I had my trusty GPS. I got close tot he address and I parked in a tow-away zone. I made my way across Hollywood Blvd and walked until THERE IT WAS.
Right above it was
I was super excited to whip out my iPhone and get these pictures. I love both bands and have seen them both in concert atleast a dozen times. After I got the picture it was anti climactic and I was like “well what else can I do since I drove all this way.” Right then this guy walked up to me and handed me a flyer for a hollywood tour. I didn’t have much money and he old me that normally the tour was $40 but he would let me on for $20. I jumped at that and called my boyfriend and asked him to send me via PayPal some money for the tour and parking which he did right away. Parking cost $17.
The tour van was this lil rink dink operation but it was cool. The van was filled with people, mostly foreigners from Asia and France plus lil ole me. Our tour guide was great, he had a thick Italian accent but he was really funny pointing out all the stars homes. We drove ALL the way up in the Hollywood Hills and stopped at the Hollywood sign to get out and take pictures. When I got out I realized that my shoe strap had broken and I could not walk in these shoes so I asked to get back on the van, so I didn’t get to see the Hollywood sign. We were only there for a few minutes and then we were back on the road driving down the hill, it was a lil scary these really narrow roads and these high hills. I couldn’t live in those Hills , the height scared me. Then he drove us around Beverly Hills and showed us more stars homes, like Eddie Murphy and the old Frank Sinatra house stuff like that. We went by the Kardashian’s Dash store. The guide was really excited about showing us these ritzy expensive cars that I don’t really . care about. We went down Rodeo drive and Sunset Blvd. All in all it was a nice 2 hour tour for $20 bucks. not really worth $40
Every night me and mom would eat somewhere nice, we had a great thai meal at this one restaurant that we walked to in Santa Monica.
Thursday after dropping mom off I drove down santa monica blvd till I reached the Santa Monica pier, I parked, again parking was expensive at $17 but I really wanted to see everything. I walked to the overhang that overlooks the beach I wasn’t dressed appropriately to go on the beach but it was nice to sit out there and watch. I walked around the Third Street promenade where there was loads of shopping. I ate lunch at this cute little restaurant called Simply Salads. It was the best salad ever. BBQ chicken salad with loads of green stuff. It was a really nice outing even though I was alone. Would have been better with someone.
That’s really all I did while in L.A. Next time I would like to take a movie studio tour and go watch some game show productions.
It was a great week spent with my mom, we had fun.