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This year February, i was in #LasAngles and got one day free for some sightseeing. I decided to go to Universal Studio. Being a non working day, It was a lot of crowd there. I started with the Simpson ride first and quite enjoy it. Then i was waiting in the queue for the tour bus of Universal Studio, where they take everyone to show around the sets of Hollywood and a lot more.There was one Korean girl standing next to me in the line and she requested if her friends can join in the line. I was ok with it so i said sure not a problem. She called her other Korean friend who joined her. After few minutes they asked if other friends join too, so i just smiled. I have been to Korea many times so i knew some basic Korean words. I just greeted them saying "anyohaseyo"(which means hello in Korean). They were more excited than surprised and then we started interacting throughout the ride. I came to know that two of them(Jeni and Kate) were settled in NYC since birth and visited other friend(Mini) who was settled in LA.As i was alone so they invited me to join them for the rest of the day. Mini was living in LA from a long time and had been to the theme park many times, so was the best local person who could help me :)
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Universal Studios Hollywood
As my little sister was around, we thought that visiting a theme park in L.A was a MUST and that it would be entertaining both for her and for us, the old ones :p The West Coast is known worldwide as a capital of entertainment and fame. Therefore, there is no wonder why there are so many theme parks in the area: Disneyland, the Pacific Aquarium, the Zoo, Magic Mountain and more… However, all the theme parks I have had the chance to visit and enjoy do not reach the level of the Universal Studios in Hollywood. This theme park combines both fun and entertainments, and cinema culture which suits any age’s expectations. We had an amazing opportunity to visit the Universal Studios with the VIP tour, which gives you so many advantages. If you have a chance to be part of this star experience, LYA definitely recommends it. This special tour will take you “behind the scenes” and will give you a large range of benefits and a highly personalised service as well. The day was divided in 2 with a “fun” part in the theme park and a more cultural part in the studios. The presence of a guide definitely makes a difference and the fact that we were a small group adds so much more fun to the experience. You get to know people who came from all over the world and enjoy a unique day with them. I will remember this tour forever and would die to go back there! I really want to go again for the Halloween special event in the park which includes zombies
TCL Chinese Theatre
Graumann's Theatre, now known as TCL Chinese Theatre is a profound name in the Film Industry all over the world. Best known for the footprints and palm impressions of legendary celebrities of Hollywood, TCL Chinese Theater holds 30 minutes documentary which now houses world's largest IMAX theater.
After the studio, we hired a Lyft to take us around town. We hit the jackpot and had a hilarious Armenian driver who sang Raj Kapoor songs and cursed the Americans while he drove us through Mulholland drive where all the stars live, down to Beverly Hills and finally dropped us off at the very fancy Rodeo drive. We ate lunch at 208 Rodeo - posh but not snooty. Good food.
Gordon Ramsay at the London
Fabulous meal. We ordered several small plates and two desserts and split everything. It was one of the best meals I've ever had. Service was great and the ambiance was really lovely too. While I would never pass up Gordon's sticky toffee pudding, his pistachio creme brulee demanded a lot of attention too.
After a long day visiting the Aquarium in Long Beach and checking out the Endeavor space shuttle at the California Science Centre, we decided to head to Bottega Louie in Downtown L.A for an early dinner. This Italian restaurant describes itself as a “gourmet market & patisserie” and is located in a magnificent old typical building. The atmosphere is very welcoming and the room is extremely wide. Far away from a discrete and small outlet, Bottega Louie will be a very suitable place for family reunions, lunch/dinner with friends or tea time with your besties. As for the interior, the ceiling is very high, hence making room for loud conversations. The waiters as well as the inside adopted an all-white uniform and the tables/chairs could be defined as “brasserie style”. The fact that the kitchen is opened and you can see the big pizza oven makes it more reliable and entertaining. Before getting the fresh oven-cooked pizzas they have on the menu, LYA suggests you get a Louie salad: artichokes, tomatoes, avocado and lettuce The pizzas are served on elevated trays which makes it easier to share and also, more friendly! Further to these amazing Italian dishes, what better than a few “La Duree-wannabe-macaroons” for a sweet final touch? The cakes (tiramisu and fruit tart) were a bit too big and too creamy and not tasty enough, but the small French delicacies are definitely a must try and the restaurant’s signature.
Founded by the first president of America in 1797, George Washington's distillery caters to a very small and niche audience. The spirits are on sale just twice a year with only a few hundred bottles. But it still uses historical techniques such as hand chopping logs and real fire heating stills, to create a unique flavour through their distillation.
Day 11 was all about food . Starting with breakfast at the highly recommended Gjelina in Venice beach. Highly disappointing - snobby service, tiny pretentious servings of too sweet food. 2/5! From the restaurant, we took an easy stroll down to the lovely canals (ala Venice!), walked to the beach and bought some candy before it was time for lunch!
Sixth Street Tavern
I ended my day with a quick bite from this lovely place right opposite the Standard Hotel. Essentially a bar, this is a nice and friendly place to hangout for a while. The bartender recommended their signature cheese fries that I paired with a summer wheat ale on the patio. The fries were good, but admittedly, smoked Gouda is not my favorite, so I would skip that next time and go straight for a beer. Their range of cocktails didn't look too bad either!
Grand Central Market
Situated in the heart of Downtown LA, this market opened in 1917 and has been operating since. The Grand Central Market has changed with the passing years. It has around 90-plus vendors selling a wide variety of products such as baked goods, coffee, cheese, etc. This historic landmark serves as a display of the cultural mix of cuisines in LA. It's 30,000 sq. ft. marketplace comprises of a food emporium and a retail marketplace. Sometimes public events are also held here. I walked through the market to feel the energy of the place and over zealously purchased a saccharine cup of iced coffee that I immediately swapped for a single origin brew from G&B Coffee.
The Wizarding World of Harry Potter
Reproducing the world of Harry Potter for its fans across the world, The Wizarding World of Harry Potter themed motion rides are present in Orlando, Florida; Universal Studios, California and Universal Studio Japan. This immersive experience of a motion-based dark ride starts at Hogsmede where the wizards reside and take you through the classrooms and corridors of Hogwarts. For Potterheads across the world, this experience is life altering.Check out the website.
Walk of Fame
While you walk from the Graumann's Theater towards the Sunset Boulevard, on the both sides of the streets, the pedestrian is carved and inscribed with the name of famous celebrities from the film industry along with a little cartoon depicting their profession. People often cover the walk of fame to get pictures with their celeb's embeddings.
Kodak Theatre or the Dolby Theatre is another attraction for movie lovers. The theatre is an architectural marvel in its own good way. Attractive super luxury outlets on both the side of the atrium, capitals displaying all the movies having won Academy Awards every since its very beginning. Be sure to run into atleast one or two celebrities while you are at the hollywood boulevard. In my case, I came across the rapper, 2 Chainz, a hip hp artist riding his monster Harley Davidson. Also, while you are at it, you may be given free passes to various shows like The Late Late Shows With Craig Ferguson etc. Its Hollywood, and anything can happen.
Museum of Contemporary Art
Address: People's Park, 231 West Nanjing Road, Shanghai Metro Station: Line 1,2 & 8, People's Square Timings: 10:00-18:00 Admission: 30 CNY/person A 10 minute walk from the Shanghai Museum, bang in the center of People's Park, the Museum of Contemporary Art (MoCA) is the first non-profit, independently operated contemporary art institution in Shanghai. Housed in the park's former greenhouse and spread over 4000 square meters MoCA is the brainchild of founder Samuel Kung. The museum has showcased exhibits by Antoni Gaudi and Salvatore Ferragamo among others. It's glassy façade is easily spotted within the park's lush green. MoCA also has one of my favorite rooftop bars in Shanghai. Visit in early evening and walk around until it closes.