Thursday, September 25, 2008

Los Angeles - Day 3

Today was a fun day. We started the morning by going to breakfast at PCH Grill and unbeknownst to us, it was a character breakfast featuring Lilo and Stitch and other characters. . We didn't even have our camera with us! But we got to get our picture taken with Minnie Mouse when we first walked in. Then during the breakfast, they start playing Elvis music. I hadn't even thought about it at first but they often play Elvis music on the show Lilo and Stitch. What a great way to start the morning!

After breakfast, we rented a car and then went sightseeing! I was so excited to see the Hollywood sign but was never able to get a good picture of it. On to Beverly Hills......I had recently found out some information regarding all of the houses where Elvis lived in Los Angeles and one supposedly looks just like it did when he lived there. I got the address and against Dave's better judgment we went "house hunting" and found it. The address is 1174 Hillcrest Avenue, Beverly Hills, CA. Dave wouldn't stop and let me get out but he did slow to a near stop so that I could snap a couple of pictures. You couldn't get a great shot of it because it has a wall around around it but luckily the gates were open so I could see in pretty well. Here is a picture of the house.

Next we drove around Beverly Hills and down Rodeo Drive. I really wanted to see some celebrities but no such luck. It was still fun though. We saw The Regent Beverly Wilshire Hotel, which was featured in the movie, Pretty Woman, and I didn't know this at the time but according to a website that I just looked up, I found the following "Back in the late 1950's,Elvis Presley lived at the hotel for several years while making movies at the nearby Paramount Studios. A decade later, John Lennon stayed here for several months while he was estranged from Yoko. He chose the hotel because he knew Elvis had lived here."

At 2:30 we had a tour of Sony Pictures Studio where we were able to step back into a legendary time. Located on one of the world's most famous studio lots, we were offered a rare glimpse of old Hollywood's glory days and an insider's view of a state-of-the-art motion picture studio. Not only is this the studio where the Yellow Brick Road once wound through Munchkin Land, it is also the place where the agents from "Men In Black" battled aliens from outer space and Spider-Man catapulted from skyscraper to skyscraper. We were able to see various soundstages and by visit the set of the hit game show "Jeopardy!"

We were able to take pictures of the main buildings and "main street" but once we turned the corner where the soundstages were located, we were not able to. Our tour guide showed us a building that is now offices but at one time, it was a bungalow where the stars stayed while they were filming. Then our tour guide said "Elvis Presley was one of the last stars to have stayed here". Dave and I just looked at each other and I grinned. It was just another little thing to add to "my Elvis day". One of the last buildings we were able to see was one of six sound rooms that they have there. Each one is done in a different theme; the one we were in was like a Japanese garden. Our tour guide said they tried to make it as relaxing as they could because so many hours were spent in these rooms. In the lobby area of this building, there were different movie posters hanging and our guide said a little something about each film. One of the posters was of Elvis and Ann Margaret in "Viva Las Vegas". It seemed Elvis was everywhere!

We were hoping to see or run into "someone" while on the tour but even though Tom Hanks and Ewan McGregor were there filming Angels and Demons and Adam Sandler walked right by the tour group in front of us, we didn't see any stars. But it was still a fun day!

That night we had the most delicious meal at Napa Rose in Disney's Grand Californian Hotel. Dave wanted to try it because Samantha Brown from the Travel Channel recommends it and it is her favorite place to eat at Disneyland. And it was fabulous! We could have bought a Wii for what we paid for our meal but it was so worth it and not something that we do often.

1 comment:

Rob said...

I love LA!!! How fun. Monica and I have been twice now and we love it!