During our recent vacation to the Los Angeles area of California, we succumbed to one very typical tourist attraction – a tour of Hollywood.
We strolled along the Walk of Fame to see how many famous stars we could find and were rewarded with such notables as Elvis Presley, Godzilla, James Garner, Vince Gill, Amy Grant, Bing Crosby, Red Skelton and Greta Garbo.
In front of the TCL Chinese Theatre, originally Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, is also an area where concrete squares contain handprints and footprints and signatures of stars. We found it interesting to see if our hands or feet could fit the imprints left by these stars.
After lunch at Tin Horn Flats, a block off Hollywood Boulevard, we boarded an open-air bus and began our tour of the Hollywood Hills. From Hollywood and Vine to Sunset Boulevard and up through the hills of Laurel Canyon and Mulholland Drive, we saw many stars’ homes, though no stars.
Taking pictures was fairly fruitless, however, as most of the “views” were of hedges and fences: “Behind this fence is the home of Justin Timberlake” or “Just past this hedge lived Elvis Presley.” The elaborate homes are architecturally diverse and most are quite large. Included in the tour was a drive down Rodeo Drive, where the elite shopper can “break the bank” with her purchases. The tour ended with a view of the famous HOLLYWOOD sign in the hills.
During our California visit we enjoyed a number of meals, though most were West Coast fast food establishments. One day we enjoyed lunch at El Pollo Loco, where the chicken is grilled and seasoned just right. In-N-Out Burgers, known for its locally-grown beef, provided several meals for our group and beats out the usual fast-food burgers anywhere. Rubio’s Fresh Mexican Grill is known for its fish tacos and variety of fresh salsas. Never let it be said that all fast food is unhealthy, because these definitely offered some healthy choices.
After visiting the Santa Monica Pier, we stopped at Tony P’s Dockside Grill in Marina del Rey. This establishment has a sports bar and a lovely dockside dining room with great views of the marina. While advertised as having American cuisine, it primarily featured fish and seafood choices, and all the food was excellent, very flavorful and prepared just right.
On our way back to Huntington Beach from Hollywood we stopped at the Pink Taco – Sunset Strip. There is also a location in Century City. The cuisine is Mexican food, of course, but the flavors of several dishes were definitely different, like the carne asada Pink Taco Nachos and the brisket enchiladas. While we were the only ones seated in an area several steps down from the rest of the restaurant, the service was friendly and efficient. This was the perfect ending to our Hollywood adventure.
Marcy Williams is a NewsOK contributor and a retired public school educator/administrator and Web editor.
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