Dan and I got to enjoy a (very) mini vaca this July 8-12th, when his work flew us out to Los Angeles! In 4 days we tried to cram in as much exploring as we could, though a very sad part of me is really regretting not making it out to Malibu or Laguna Beach. Maybe next time? I convinced Dan to book our hotel in Hollywood a few blocks from the walk of fame as opposed to downtown LA where there isn’t as much to do according to reviews.
The hotel was a decent size and clean, which is really all we needed. The first night we spent there, we had an amazing sushi dinner and I got an email informing me that we had received some tickets to see Jay Leno that Thursday night!
He spent the day driving around to meet with clients while I stuck pretty close to Hollywood Blvd and did some shopping. By far one of the best things we did on our trip was take a bus tour of the Hollywood Hills & Beverly Hills where our tour guide pointed out all of the celebrities’ mansions and where they do their shopping, or familiar spots where movies and TV shows have been filmed. It was about 2 hours and fascinating to learn more about the history of Hollywood.
The next day I spent the afternoon walking from the hotel all the way down Melrose Ave. to check out the shopping. It was certainly eclectic! It was fun to see the young locals and I was amazed at how helpful and friendly every was. I scored some serious one-of-a-kind finds there, including a neon pink blazer that I totally love.
The next day we woke up bright and early and started work. By 2:45pm we were in Burbank lining up for the Tonight Show, and crossing our fingers that we’d get in. It was about an hour wait, and we JUST managed to squeeze in the last group of people allowed in the studio.
Helen Mirrin was the special guest which was pretty cool – and we even managed to get ourselves on camera by screaming really loudly when Jay mentioned a “Canadian businessman” in his opening monologue! After the show we drove out to Santa Monica where we checked out the pier, took some photos of the incredible sunset and watched a street performer named Clare Means – bought her CD – she’s fantastic!
I could totally see myself living in LA, what amazing weather, scenery and culture out there. For a tiny bit of time it felt as though we were in a movie.