For our second and last full day in LA we had pre-booked a tour of Paramount Studios, it was really close to where we were staying but instead of walking we had to drive because of the street cleaning that was taking place that morning. On our side of the street we weren’t able to leave the car out between 8-10am that morning. Yes the streets looked clean, yes it was very annoying! We had to drive one block and pay to park in the car park!
The day was super hot, and I wore the summery top I had bought in San Francisco that I have not had cause to wear since because I live in England! Actually this was the only day in America that I got sun burnt because the forecast said it was be in the 60’s and it was at least in the 90’s but I had taken the sunblock out of my bag. The tour was really good, it was a mixture of walking and riding in the little car which was fun and it was really cool to see the behind the scenes of a studio lot. Our guide was really chirpy and informative but I feel a lot was lost on me because I am not familiar with any of the Paramount TV programmes.
After the tour we headed into Hollywood to see the walk of fame (the stars carry on for a long time), Mann’s Chinese Theatre and the celebrity hand prints (very few women, and very few people I had heard of), and catch a glimpse of the Hollywood sign.
Afterwards we raced over to the La Brea Tar Pits to see the models of animals caught in the tar pits, and check out the museum. I was really excited before hand and had been on their website lots before getting there and it was very disappointing. For one thing it is a really small museum, so the $12 entry fee was not the bargain I thought it was. All the stuff in the shop was too expensive (which is an issue I had at all the places we visited pretty much), and the park it was set in was pretty but very small and there really wasn’t much there.
We left LA that evening after a fun two days and headed up the coast for the final stretch of the trip.