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West Hollywood Walk – Santa Monica Boulevard

October 1st, 2012 · No Comments

After a long walk on the Sunset Strip, I turned onto Holloway Drive, which lead me to Santa Monica Boulevard. At Harper Avenue I trucked it up the biggest hill I’ve hiked for a long while to go back up to Sunset Boulevard and back the The Standard.

Holloway Drive was a quiet residential area that contrasted a ton with the hustle and bustle of the Sunset Strip.

Lots of cool trees and tropical flowers. I loved this hibiscus. This plant was huge. I have a smaller shrub at home that grows the same red hibiscus. I’m sure it could be huge in the right climate and if I could plant it in the ground and not in a pot. Fun fact: Hibiscus is the state flower of Hawaii, although technically, only the yellow hibiscus.

This is the intersection of Holloway Drive and Santa Monica Boulevard. I wasn’t sure at first what these flags were or why they were there. This is the United States flag, California state flag, West Hollywood city flag and a POW flag.

Then I realized the flags were part of a vetrans’ memorial. The Sal Guarriello Vetrans’ Memorial.

The memorial has been around since 2003, but the fountain was just added last year.

West Hollywood City Hall.

I never realized that Santa Monica Boulevard is a part of the historic Route 66. I always just think about it going through states like Oklahoma and Texas.

To be honest, this stretch of Santa Monica Boulevard was not very exciting… which stinks because, you know, all I wanna do is have some fun until the sun comes up over Santa Monica Boulevard.

Turning onto Harper Avenue, I spot more bird of paradise flowers.

Not a cloud in the sky in Southern California.

Do you think that these stencils guilt people into picking up after their dogs? The stencils weren’t on Sunset, but were everywhere on the residential streets.

Maybe if the stencils don’t do the trick these free poop bags from Dogipot do!

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West Hollywood Walk – Sunset Strip

September 30th, 2012 · 2 Comments

On Sunday I had several hours to kill between brunch and my flight home, so I decided to walk around a bit and take in the neighborhood. I believe that Luca on Sunset, where I had brunch is technically in Hollywood, not West Hollywood. I started there and walked west, entering into West Hollywood and the section of Sunset Boulevard known as the Sunset Strip. This is a mile and a half stretch that is the best known portion of Sunset. There are many fancy stores and restaurants and clubs. There are a million billboards and is supposedly a hangout for celebrities, although I did not see any. One of my fellow Nintendo brand ambassadors did see Jason Bateman at her brunch spot, though! I walked for a total of about 3.5 miles. So, long, but not too long. It was sunny and more than 90 degrees out and I hiked straight up a hill at the end, so it was challenging enough.

This is where I first set off from, right by Luca on Sunset, where I had brunch. I like the brick work.

The famous Laugh Factory. Every big-time comedian has been through here, right?

I recognized the Chateau Marmont as “that famous place where all the celebrities hang out.” .. and sometimes die, it seems.

Rocky and Bullwinkle outside a fancy dog boutique, Hollywood Hounds.

Now leaving Hollywood and entering into West Hollywood. I see the National Lampoon World Headquarters. Apparently they were formed to “develop, produce, provide creative services and distribute National Lampoon branded comedic content through a broad range of media platforms.” Who knew?

Oh, Jasmine. I’ve missed you, but I’ll see you soon in Hawaii!

The Family by David Green.

Anyone know what kind of car this is?

WhHo = West Hollywood.

Looking west on the Sunset Strip.

Uh, yeh… these hills? We are not in Chicago. This is looking south on Sweetzer Avenue.

Why’d you have to go and make things to complicated?

The Standard. This is where I stayed on my trip. This is the original location of this small hotel chain.

North of the Sunset Strip it’s super hilly with winding roads and houses built on top of each other. According to Hollywood Tours, “Countless celebrities live in the exclusive neighborhoods that extend north of the Sunset Strip into the Hollywood Hills.”

This was some cool graffiti. You had to view the fence at an angle to see it.

Saddle Ranch. Looked super cheesy.

Very Perry Ellis.

The Comedy Store, another very famous club where all the comedians perform.

Interesting exterior on the House of Blues.

Bird of Paradise. When I lived in San Diego these were planted right outside my apartment door in our building’s courtyard. Love them!

La Cienega Boulevard. Just a little hilly. At the end of my walk I hiked it up one of these. Did I mention it was 95 and humid that day? It wasn’t a pretty sight!

77 Sunset Strip is a show that aired in the late 50s and early 60s. I guess it was filmed right here. Apparently there’s some controversy about the redevelopment of this area and an actor from the old show is involved.

Sunset Plaza had many stores and restaurants. I did some shopping at H&M.

Mel’s Drive-In.

Ay Papi!

The Sunset Strip Market looks pretty awesome.

I had no idea what this odd round green building was until I looked it up online. It’s the home of a production company called Mutato Muzika, which was founded by Mark Mothersbaugh. I don’t recognize the name of his company, but I definitely know who he is from the Rushmore soundtrack. Mutato Muzika has produced music for many films, television shows and commercials (Apple’s PC vs. Mac!).

LOOK!

Sunset Boulevard.

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Luca on Sunset

September 29th, 2012 · No Comments

My flight out of Los Angeles wasn’t scheduled until 4:30 p.m. on Sunday so I had all day to do whatever I wanted. First things first, I found a cool brunch spot, Luca on Sunset (Sunset Boulevard, that is). I sat outside in the perfect morning weather, reading, and drinking endless cups of coffee. For breakfast I had the carmelized onion omelette (with mushrooms, carmelized onions, fontina cheese and parsley). So good! I love carmelized onions. The side of watermelon was nice. And when I was finished the waitress brought me a free gingersnap cookie. Great way to spend the morning relaxing.

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