Hey there Hollywood! Monday morning came way too fast and it would soon be time to leave. However, we headed to Hollywood and determined to make it the best last vacation day! So after having breakfast on the oceanside terrace in Malibu, we set off towards the famous city of stars.
I know I haven’t mentioned it before, but I am obsessed with American Horror Story and Charmed. I’ve never missed an episode of either, even if they weren’t a part of the best season! LOL (I’m looking at you Freak Show & Roanoke!)
However, these are still two of my favorite shows. I had found out that both of the houses that Charmed and AHS: Murder House were in LA! I told Tyson I needed to see them and take pictures. Just to say that I was standing in front of them.
I have to say, Murder House was eerie. Maybe it was the giant fence surrounding it, or maybe it was the palm frond that fell off the tree, landed in front of me and scared the bejeezus out of me. I don’t know what it was, but it was even more beautiful in person than it was on the show.
Charmed has always been one of my favorite shows. I cannot say whether it was the magic, the sisterhood or the storyline. I love it so much, my sisters and I have a variation of the Triquetra tattooed on us.
The street was quiet with practically no traffic. I could definitely see it being a nice neighborhood.
Literally down the street from the Charmed house was another famous house. The one from the Thriller music video. I’m not sure if anyone lives there like the other two houses, but it sure doesn’t look like anyone does. Just a quick stop on our way to the Walk of Fame, arguably the most famous icon in Hollywood.
Hello beautiful Hollywood!
Walking along Hollywood Blvd wasn’t what we expected to be honest. We knew that it would be busy, but we didn’t expect to be hustled (twice and almost 3 times) or feel like we were being followed sometimes. It was a very different vibe than we had in Santa Monica and Malibu.
Despite feeling seriously out of place, we got some killer discounts on souvenirs, ate some delicious food and got some great pictures!
Of course we snapped some pictures of the famous stars that line the sidewalks for countless blocks. We walked over so many, we started to notice that some celebrities had multiple stars!
The Chinese Theatre had so many people and made it hard to walk around. (The one in Hollywood Studios, Walt Disney World was way better imo.) We did manage to get some good pictures of some iconic stars in the cement.
Lunch was at Te’Kila’s, right on Hollywood Blvd. We ate outside again and people watched for a while. That was highly interesting. The margarita and beer was great and I swear the burrito was as big as my face! I had to eat all of it of course because we couldn’t take any with us. I think I surprised the waitress by eating everything! This is definitely a recommended place for some awesome Mexican drinks and food!
The end of our Hollywood trip took us through a few museums that were incredibly cool! We paid for the 3 museum tour for the Hollywood Wax Museum, Guinness Book of World Record Museum and Ripley’s Believe it Or Not Museum. The three museums were well worth the price! Lots of super interesting and cool information in all of them! We even got to try and break a world record! The attempt totally failed, but it was a lot of fun trying!
We really wanted to go back to the beach after leaving Hollywood, but with the wind whipping and the temp dropping quickly for Cali, it really wasn’t in the cards. We drove to downtown LA for another quick picture stop.
The Cecil Hotel
This hotel is in the heart of Downtown LA and it is super eerie. It has a history that is longer than some criminals rap sheets. It is rumored to have hallways that lead to nowhere and secret tunnels. Some say the previous owner was a murderer and used the hotel to cover up the murders. The history has stories even as recent as the 2010’s! No wonder it served as inspiration for American Horror Story: Hotel!
Dinner & Leaving Cali 🙁
Our only meal inside ended up happening and it was still super delicious! We found an Italian place in Marina Del Rey because it was super close to the airport.
Sapori was incredible! I had baked gnocchi with sauce and cheese and Tyson had penne pasta with a veal, beef and sausage sauce. Both were to die for. We had quite a bit of time to kill before our 11:58pm flight, so we ate dessert as well. I had tirimisu because…duh, it’s delicious. Tyson had a cream, strawberry and a puff pastry dish in a martini glass that I couldn’t pronounce to save my life. Both were amazingly delish!
That concludes our California trip series! Miss the beginning? Click here to start from the beginning!
I’d love to hear from ya’ll! Have you been to Cali? What was your favorite part? We need to start planning for the next time we head out there!