L.A. / Hollywood
Monday, we got up early for our planned tour of Hollywood, however the road was closed, the smoke prevented us from seeing the ocean, and stepping outside made it hard to breath. So we started looking at alternatives.
We considered moving our vacation to Las Vegas, Palm Desert, or even Lake Tahoe. But, after considering all of the options (and costs for each) most of the family decided to stay put and continue with indoor activities (like shopping). Emilie and Ethan were planning to fly home Tuesday for school anyway, and I decided to fly home too. I would rather be inside at home rather than a shopping mall or the room here, so I’m home now.
However, while we were debating and deciding all of that, they did open the road to L.A., so, we took the tour and saw:
- Several celebrity homes
- Hollywood sign
- Rodeo Drive
- Sunset Strip
- Sony Pictures Studio (formerly MGM)
- CBS studios
- Hollywood Walk of Fame
- Grauman’s Chinese Theatre
- Kodak Theatre
It was sort of a whirlwind tour, but that was enough for us. The highlight was actually lunch. That wasn’t unique, we had family style at Maggiano’s because the tour stop for lunch was a mall-like area with a bunch of familiar chains.