It is always a thrill to be able to see how fast one can get around town on the freeways in Los Angeles. I love freeway hopping especially when the traffic is light.
The mission of this latest trip to town was to find my great great grandfather’s grave in Forest Lawn. In that regard, I failed miserably. Ran out of time to search the hundreds of graves in the section that I had previously pinpointed. Will be back. For those who have never been here before (located in Glendale) – this is the cemetery of all cemetery’s. Its one massive sprawling lawn over hills with thousands of graves and impressive mausoleums – it is like its own oasis within Los Angeles. Many famous celebrities are buried or entombed here – Walt Disney, Michael Jackson – the list goes on. But at least I did discover my great grandfather’s home nearby.
Always fun to hit up “new” museums in town – somewhat touristy but I had never been to the fairly new Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum in Hollywood. Star struck tourists apparently see this as an affordable alternative to meeting the real celebs. Step out of the glittering elevator on the 3rd floor and you take a second glance at the person seated in front of you. It’s “George Clooney” – after a few passes by you notice that one person holding a camera here does not move like the rest of the camera toting young tourists. Its a wax statue like all the others.
I parked nearby and became frightened when I saw 3 cops out of the corner of my eye and heard an exchange of really nasty language and aggressive tones near where I was parking. But its Hollywood, and as I stepped out of my vehicle I saw the cameras. Or maybe LAPD has started filming incidents with their personal camera person, but I doubt it.
LACOT was holding a meet-up in the evening at the gorgeous Xbar at the Hyatt in Century on the Avenue of Stars off of Santa Monica Blvd.
It was great to meetup with the following:
Lisa of www.wesaidgotravel.com – @wesaidgotravel (send off for their next RTW trip!)
Jennifer of www.jendeavor.com – @JenniferMiner
Melanie of www.travelswithtwo.com – @melaniewaldman
Vy of www.contiki.com – @thatsvy
and new acquaintances:
Allison of – @allytravels
Michael of www.bargaintraveleurope.com – @BTEMichael
Caitlin of www.ogilvypr.com – @caitlinlmartin
Kay of www.facebook.com/kay.raetong
Elyse of www.elyseglickman.com – @liquidiva4