Walking in Hollywood

Continuing our description of the trip to Los Angeles during Anime Expo 2012. We decided to dedicate one day to Hollywood and some part of LA in general.

Marriott Downtown LA room
Our room in Marriott Downtown LA.

In fact the hotel was much worse than what we expected, and certainly significantly worse than the other nearby Marriott where we stayed in 2011.

Marriott Downtown LA bathroom

Marriott Downtown LA bathroom
Bathroom was laid out in a strange way and very inconvenient wrt e.g. shower location.

Quiznos sub

Quiznos sub
Morning, we are getting some subs in Quiznos before walking around.

Walt Disney Concert Hall
Wall Disney Concert Hall is the first thing to see, it was within walking distance from the hotel.

Walt Disney Concert Hall

Walt Disney Concert Hall
The shape is quite strange, no straight lines. Rumor has it, the architect just crumbled some pieces of paper and used that as a model.

Walt Disney Concert Hall

Walt Disney Concert Hall

Front desk in the Concert Hall
Front desk made of sheets of glass.

There's a free audio tour in the hall where you can learn a lot about the building and its history.

Walt Disney Concert Hall inside

Walt Disney Concert Hall inside

Walt Disney Concert Hall inside
Small BP hall on the second floor, finished with vertical-grained wood.

Walt Disney Concert Hall inside

Walt Disney Concert Hall

Walt Disney Concert Hall inside
Main auditorium, normally not a part of the tour due to busy rehearsal schedule, but we got lucky.

Garden on the roof

On the roof there is a garden.

Garden on the roof

Children Amphitheatre
Also open-air children amphitheater.

From the roof we can see surrounding Los Angeles areas:

LA view

LA view

LA view

Garden on the roof

Garden on the roof

Garden on the roof
The garden is actually quite large, and with lots of quite big trees too. The trees were relocated there after the building was finished, not grown there from scratch.

Garden on the roof

Hollywood sign
Hollywood sign seen from the roof.

anti-bird spikes
Anti-bird sticks are everywhere.

roof view

LA view

washing system - water gun
Water cannon is the part of the exterior washing system.

LA view

LA view

LA view

Then we went into LA subway to get to Hollywood area and the Hollywood walk of fame.

Subway tickets

Subway entrance

Subway train

Subway train
LA subway train.

Subway station

Subway station
Strange suspended figures at the ceiling at the subway station. Very life-like when you see them at first.

Inside of subway car
Inside of a subway car.

cospleyers on LA streets
First thing we see on arrival are costumed people portraying various popular movie heroes.

big eraser

Hemp tea

Hollywood Boulevard
Hollywood boulevard.

TCL Chinese theater
Chinese theater.

Hollywood walk of fame

Johnny Depp star
Visiting the star of Johnny Depp was on our short list ;)

Baltika beer van in Hollywood
Surprising sighting, Baltika beer van ;)

Start of Hollywood walk of fame
And this is the start of the Hollywood walk of fame.

Start of Hollywood walk of fame
The very first star.

Russian restaurant
A Russian restaurant in the area.

Shrek

Michael Jackson star
Michael Jackson star is very busy all the time, it seems.

Chinese theater
We are returning back to the Chinese theater on the other side of the boulevard.

Footprints in Chinese theater forecourt

Footprints in Chinese theater forecourt
Footprints and signatures of celebrities in the forecourt of the Chinese theater.

Non-Disney Mickie and Minnie

Bumblebee cosplay
More movie heroes, this Bumblebee was really impressive.

The road to Hollywood
Road to Hollywood, some sort of a shopping center in the heard of the Hollywood Boulevard.

One of elephans in The road to Hollywood

One of elephans in The road to Hollywood

Suspended grand piano in a mall
A suspended grand piano in the shopping mall.

Historic restoration of Disney Cafe
Some sort of a Disney cafe is undergoing renovation, so we only see a tiny bit of it's sign.

restaurants

streets of LA

streets of LA

Capitol Records HQ
Capitol records headquarters.

Hollywood sign
We got to this street and decided to walk to the Hollywood sign as much as we could.

Hollywood sign

Patio
A grill on a patio, this was illegal in out apartment complex back in TN.

Blooming bush

Oriental-styled house
This house is definitely influenced by oriental themes.

N Gower street and Hollywood sign
This is about as far as we went. The street looked to be a dead end, and also it seemed that the sign would be covered by foliage very soon, so we turned around and drove to Griffith Observatory next.

Los Angeles' Griffith Park
Griffith Observatory is located in Los Angeles' Griffith park on Mt. Hollywood.

Los Angeles' Griffith Park

Griffith Observatory

Los Angeles' Griffith Park

Griffith Observatory

Los Angeles view from Griffith Observatory
You can overlook Los Angeles from there and it's a popular tourist destination.

Los Angeles view from Griffith Observatory

Los Angeles view from Griffith Observatory

Mt. Hollywood
This is probably the closest we've got to the sign.

And then... dinner-time ;) We decided to go to sushi in little Tokyo again (different place).

Salmon Sushi

Toro sushi
Toro was pretty good.

Teryaki chicken
Chicken teriyaki.

And this concludes the day.

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