As somebody who can’t sit through anything filmed in London without having to tell anyone who will listen exactly which street it is, what’s nearby, what’s been replaced by what now, etc, etc, then LA clearly could keep me busy for years. Everywhere you go there is a reminder of a scene from a film or TV series.
My first day in Los Angeles I went to Griffith park.
Griffith Park came out top for filming locations (meaning more filming permits were issued for Griffith park than any other place in LA over the past year). This is probably due to the variety of different terrain that you can find here; they say that at least one mountain lion roams the vast plains.
On the day I visited it was far too hot for the hiking trails, so no mountain lion sightings to report.
Instead I went to the observatory. Famously featured in James Dean’s Rebel without a cause, there is a statue of him there.
Another thing about the Griffith Observatory: there are good views of the Hollywood sign.
You can hike up the hill and get a little closer, but it was too hot for me and anyway they still don’t allow you too near to it. I really didn’t fancy climbing the hill just to do battle with a hundred selfie sticks.
On the way home I stopped off at the Las Palmas hotel in Las Palmas avenue to look at another film location.
Well right at the end of the movie Pretty woman, when Richard Gere turns up with a bunch of flowers to ‘rescue’ Julia Roberts from her life of debauchery, this was where she was living. Ahhh, sweet. Because all us girls just want to be rescued, right?