4. SEARCH FOR STARS ON THE 'WALK OF FAME'
Laced in Hollywood history and having been graced by hundreds of A-Listers, I say Hollywood Boulevard is a "must-do" on your first visit to LA only. Enjoy the game of finding the star of your favourite celebrity! The Chinese Theatre is also worth a visit. The courtyard is made up of multicoloured concrete tiles with written quotes and hand / shoe prints of some great Hollywood icons, including The Rock, Dick Van Dyke, Johnny Depp and Cher to name a few. Take time to wander the shops of the Dolby Theatre Complex, mooch around Madame Tussauds or just soak up the energy of the Boulevard in the afternoon.
Learnt fact: There are over 2,500 stars, which are present on either side of the road. The stars of the 'A-List' celebrities tend to be nearer the main Boulevard (near Madame Tussauds and the Chinese Theatre). The stars do not just include real celebrities, but fictional and cartoon characters as well!
Reality check: Here it goes. Remove all visions of the Walk of Fame as a pristine runway of sparkling, black gloss tiles. This is not the case. The Walk of Fame is actually very grubby.
Some of the stars had scuffs, unidentifiable liquids and even gum all over them. In reality, it is a pretty underwhelming, everyday pathway. Just with stars on.
Tip: If you go early in the morning, you will have the majority of the Walk of Fame to yourself, proving so much easier to take your star photographs. As probably the only few visitors there, you will be outnumbered by the sheer amount of homeless people on the main street. Venture in the afternoon, the Boulevard buzz comes alive with energy. However, forget your photograph with a star at this point - you will be trampled by tourists like Mufasa was in the buffalo stampede!
Tip: Look out for pick pockets, anyone waving a CD at you and anyone in a costume. The last two are friendly enough, but they just want your money. Just politely tell them 'No thank you' from the start and don't entertain them.
Trying not to think about what I must be touching on that floor! (+ my favourite actresses)
The Chinese Theatre courtyard (how cool is Cher's stone slab?!)