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LA

*wipes dust off* *sneeze sneeze*

AHEM let's see if I remember how this thing works. Apologies to Lori for taking 6 months to post my LA pics.


OK, so I visited LA last October with Rina & Anj. Basically, most things you hear about LA is true -- (a) it is a huge sprawling city; (b) the traffic is really bad and (c) their transit is awful. I always thought that LA transit was buses only, I dunno why, blame Speed? So, while during my research, I discovered they have a subway system so I think, how can it be so bad? they've got subways! But yeah, as a tourist, it sucks. Other than a couple of stops, in the area we were staying anyway, the subway does not go to any touristy areas. We ended up using the Hop On/Hop Off buses as our main mode of transportation which worked out okay.

We stayed in the Hollywood & Highland area which where all the big touristy things area - TCL Chinese Theatre, the Walk of Fame, Dolby Theatre, El Capitan Theatre, Jimmy Kimmel, etc etc.

Hollywood & Highland Centre



The musical stairs at the H/H Centre


Grauman's Egyptian Theatre




Dolby Theatre (where the Oscars are held; it amuses me to no end that this huge event is basically held in a shopping centre)



The Hollywood Sign from the H/H Centre


TCL Chinese Theatre


The Interstellar premiere



El Capitan (we were on our way to Santa Monica when we saw the Marvel marquee, found out later that it was the announcement of the next slate of Marvel movies and RDJ and Chris Evans were there ahhhhhhhhh)


Walk of Fame (took a gazillion pics of the stars but I'm just gonna post this one with Rina's foot (which was a recurring theme cause it seemed every time I took a pic of a star, Rina's foot would get in the frame somehow lol))


We took 2 studio tours. First up, Warner Bros



Harry Potter exhibit






Celebrating 75 years of Batman







The set of Central Perk, Friends




Props warehouse at WB Studios



The Ellen Show




We were brought into the stage where they shoot The Big Bang Theory but no pictures allowed.

Paramount Studios. Paramount rents out its studio space so, unlike WB, they don't really have any preserved sets.





Let's be real, I just really cared about the Glee stuff ;) The set of the Starlight Diner, where Santana, Rachel & Kurt worked



They were filming the Invitationals at the time so while I didn't see any of the main cast (altho, I did spot Darren's car in the parking lot, I'm such a creeper lol), we did catch a glimpse of some Warblers and Vocal Adrenaline members



The Forrest Gump bench


Recognize this? Probably in used in every single NCIS


Can't visit LA without going to the beach! Santa Monica Pier






Random house but it reminded me of Tony Stark's house


The Grove shopping centre, also the location of The Gap where Blaine serenaded Jeremiah ;)




Beverly Hills. Where streets are lined specific trees and fire hydrants are painted gold.




The Bradbury Building, downtown LA





Walt Disney Concert Hall


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faninohio
Apr. 5th, 2015 10:08 pm (UTC)
FINALLY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Love all of them!! I'm jealous of seeing the prop house, I bet that was really cool.

I'm cracking up at getting Rina's foot in all your star photos. Reminds me of getting her bent arm in TIFF pictures. Kiefer's star!!!
shing_
Apr. 11th, 2015 11:23 pm (UTC)
"Rina! Move your foot!" was said many times LOL
ellel
Apr. 6th, 2015 03:12 pm (UTC)
Awesome pics! LA looks like a lot of fun and I intend to get there one day-the reasons I still haven't is because it is a damn huge city and you really do need to be in a right area to enjoy it.Also,I too heard horror stories about the nightmare of public transport. I never knew LA has subway,though.

shing_
Apr. 11th, 2015 11:25 pm (UTC)
It's such a big city, I don't know why their public transport isn't better! As a tourist, that subway was USELESS. I was so disappointed.
phetch
Apr. 9th, 2015 05:28 am (UTC)
Cool! It's been ages since I went to L.A. It was the Kodak, not Dolby, Oscar theatre then ;)

Awesome you got to see Glee stuff. I was total fangirl over the Gilmore Girls and ER sets back when I went. It still blows my mind all the "movie magic" stuff that seems realistic onscreen.

Color me super-impressed you navigated L.A. Without a rental car!!
shing_
Apr. 12th, 2015 12:01 am (UTC)
Shortly after we left LA, I read that they rebuilt Stars Hollow at WB Studios. I would've loved to see that!

Yeah, everyone was telling me to rent a car but I know I would've been the one doing the driving and I hate driving in unknown cities. We did pretty well using the hop on/hop off bus tho.
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