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Hollywood in Less Than Three Days

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by Beth McGowan (subscribe)
I am a British traveller with a love for writing, photography, and fun! Hoping to share some of my experiences with the world. :)
Published June 5th 2013
A brief account of Awesomeness
After two wonderful years in New Zealand and another in Australia, it was that time to start booking flights home. For my boyfriend, America is home, whereas England is home to me. The cheapest flight we could find took us through New Zealand and then on to LA, with a connecting flight to Chicago.

The idea of landing in LA and going straight onto Chicago didn't fit quite right with me. After a couple of wobbly lip faces and puppy dog eyes, I was allowed three days in LA before the weekend, when his parents could pick us from Chicago.

I did my research straight away and even got my boyfriend excited on how much there was to do. Only problem was... we only had three days.

We decided to stay in Hollywood and had booked our hostel at Banana Bungalow, which had come recommended to us. They also offered a refund on your shuttle bus from the airport which we thought was fab. However, after landing at 2pm, it took us a good hour if not more to get to our hostel because of all the dropping off the driver had to do. This was time we couldn't afford to lose! But it was free and the driver was hilarious, giving us a back story and a taste of quite scary LA driving.

When we got to the hostel, there was no time for jet lag. We were checked in quickly, showered quickly, and were out and about quickly too.

We decided to try our luck at finding Hollywood Boulevard even though my sense of direction had been quite turned around by this driver who drove us all over the place. On our walk we stumbled across Kat Von D's 'High Voltage' Tattoo shop, featured in the TV show LA Ink. We were definitely in Hollywood! We also ran into the Jim Henderson Museum and studios that we'd recently seen in the new Muppets film. We were in Hollywood and everything was like the movies.

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Andy outside LA ink

After eating at In and Out burger (as mentioned in The Big Lebowski), we headed for the Boulevard. I had read previously that tonight was the premier of Iron Man 3 but wasn't really sure what that meant to us, whether or not we could get close, and to be honest I had kind of forgotten about it.

We turned a corner onto Hollywood Boulevard and there was the red carpet, screaming fans and people dressed in all kinds of super hero costumes. And just as I thought this couldn't get any better, Chris Hemsworth (or Thor as I know him) walked straight past us! Now I am not normally the type of girl to be a screaming fan but getting caught up with the atmosphere and excitement I have to admit I was very close!


After finding a better view, we saw from a distance the whole cast including Mr Robert Downey Junior (whit whoo) and Gwenyth Paltrow. There were a couple of fireworks and off they went. It was like a dream.

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Looking down on all the excitement!

Another thing I shall mention is the 'rappers' on the Boulevard. We were politely offered a CD from 'an up and coming' artist who then signed the CD for a charge. We did this once, as I thought it was a nice gesture but after being asked numerous times it kind of got boring. I worked out a polite no thanks and smile without making eye contact worked best.

The following day we were up early to walk down the Boulevard and take a proper look at the Walk of Fame on our way to the Hollywood Museum. After that we decided to take a Movie Stars Home Tour as we had limited time and needed to get back to be part of Russell Brand's TV audience. The timing was perfect and I honestly don't think we could have fit any more in.


The next day I was up super early, eagerly awaiting our final and most exciting day - Universal Studios. And I can honestly say this was one of the best days of my life. All in all our time in Hollywood was very rushed but I felt we made the most of it and avoided jet lag at the same time. There were thousands of other attractions and even more smaller quirky things to see. I cannot wait to get back there.


So there you have it, Hollywood in less than three days. Definitely check out Universal Studios and the Hollywood museum. Make sure you check out what is happening on the dates you'll be there, for example movie premieres and TV shows. Make the most of your stay!
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