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Hollywood and Beverly Hills
Posted by: HoboSylvain | 2013-09-09 22:54:12 | Los Angeles, California, United States
Keywords: attraction, stars
I had already re-watched 'Beverly Hills Cop' (One and Two) to put me in the mood for Detroit... so I had to go to Beverly Hills... and do Hollywood at the same time. It was more kind of an obligation than real pleasure. Yes, I enjoyed the sites for their beauty and architecture... but I don't like what they represent in general.

I had already re-watched 'Beverly Hills Cop' (One and Two) to put me in the mood for Detroit... so I had to go to Beverly Hills... and do Hollywood at the same time. It was more kind of an obligation than real pleasure. Yes, I enjoyed the sites for their beauty and architecture... but I don't like what they represent in general.

For Beverly Hills, it was just to be able to say I walked on Santa Monica boulevard and Rodeo Drive. I took a few pictures. I didn't enter in any store of course, just breathing the AC air from those locations is out of my budget. But I did enjoy the walk on those large avenues. At every woman I was crossing on those streets, I was wondering how much was the tab for her surgeries, and how long I could travel with that money.

Just North-East from Beverly Hills, you find Hollywood. Yes, I like the stars of the entertainment, even if I find it's sometimes over the top, but I'm not a groupie or an avid reader of tabloids. I'm not much into that artificial world, at least not anymore. I have a TV in my room here in L.A., and I haven't turned it on yet after 2 days. But, I do like the homage done to those giants of the entertainment... even if to walk along those stars, you have to accept to be harassed very 10 steps by someone offering you the best tour there is, at the lowest possible price!

I went there yesterday (Sunday) afternoon, and I was surprised not to be overwhelmed by tourists. It was crowded, yes... but not nearly as much as I expected. I had to go in the afternoon, because that was the right light to picture the famous sign with the large letters on the hill.

On the Boulevard and the adjacent streets, there are now over 2,500 stars honouring people for their contributions. I passed by most of them, and I had orders from friends to take a picture of their favourite ones. Of course, in my case, my selection was easy... and you see it above :-) Nearby CÚline's, there's another Quebecer... Guy LalibertÚ, founder of Cirque du Soleil.  I had to fight my way around to be able to take these pictures, between manifestants and people watching street performers (which were close Guy's star... which was a funny coincidence).  I also found funny they put the accent on LalibertÚ, but not on CÚline.


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