With an early wake-up call, we boarded the bus for our trip into
with the bright sun illuminating
the skyline of the city as we entered. Los Angeles
With a population of 4 million in a metropolitan area of 18 million, it is a beehive of activity. Our guide took us through the exclusive areas of
Drive . The Chateau Marmont Hotel, where John Belushi died, caters to actors and others that value privacy. Flash photography is not permitted inside. Beverly
We soon arrived in
The famous sign was erected in 1924 and began as a way to promote a real estate
development. Originally it was wood, but is now stainless steel. Hollywood
We took a look at the Dolby Theater where the Academy Awards are held each year. You must be invited, but can attend as a volunteer checking credentials and filling empty seats as needed.
Marilyn descended the piano stairs on her way to street level where the Walk of Fame is located.
Our guide helped Susanne understand that for her to get a star on the Walk of Fame she would have to be approved by the committee and find the funds for the $17,000 cost.
Dave thinks passing the hat might be an option. We then examined the area in front of Grauman’s Chinese Theater where stars place their hand and foot prints in wet concrete if their film premieres there.
Traveling on to the downtown area, we saw many interesting buildings, but the most striking was the Walt Disney Concert Hall which cost $300 million, looks similar to floating sails, and is constructed of 12,500 stainless steel panels.
The original high reflectivity required buffing after the reflection created excessive heat and glare.
We made a brief stop at Olvera Street, a Mexican marketplace, and a lengthier stop at the Farmer’s Market for some shopping and lunch. A banjo band provided dining entertainment.
The afternoon was spent at the LaBrea Tar Pits.
Tar from an oil field 1500 feet below seeps to the surface through cracks formed as result of earthquakes.