How spread out is LA???

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Comedy bar

Having done some research prior to our arrival we knew that the sights in LA are spread out, so in true tourist style we hoped on a open tour bur tour! It actually turned out to be great value, the early morning clearly didn't agree with our first driver who kindly gave us (by mistake) a 48hr ticket for the bargain price of 24hrs.

The second stop on the route was handily just outside our Motel at the Guitar Centre, this is where we hopped on board. The Guitar Centre has their own version of hand prints in cement, but if like us you don't know your rock gods you won't know who half of them are. Worth a look though while waiting for the bus.

The bus takes you through Hollywood travel guide">West Hollywood where you can see a few sights that aren't really worth getting off for but interesting all the same, such as Chateau Marmont and the comedy store.

As featured in Superman

It then continues into Beverly hills, which is a strong contrast from Hollywood. I could happily live here among the rich and pretty! You drive down Rodeo Drive in the middle of the Golden Triangle, and from your seat up high you’re in a good spot for star spotting, alas we did not see one famous person! We also decided that this shopping area was way out of our league and decided to stay on the bus so as not to depress ourselves too much.

We decide to explore West Hollywood on foot so as the bus looped round we disembarked at Beverly Shopping Center. It's a nice area to wonder round in, laid back and chilled with plenty of cafes and deli's to sit and watch the world go by.

Back on the bus, you pass La Brea Tar pits and then arrive at the Farmers Market.

This is definitely worth visiting, the market is a maze of food shops and deli's from Chinese to hotdogs and everything in between and a great place to people watch. There is also a old trolley which connects the market to the grove and you can ride the 100m distance but we chose to walk. The Grove is a new shopping centre with fountain in the middle, makes it a nice place to shop.

We then hopped back on board to complete the tour and get home. Again there are a few sights to see, the silent movie theatre, Melrose Avenue and Paramount Studios but we decided not to explore them further as we had a big night out planned in the entertainment capital.

We managed to get ready and out early in order to use the bus tour as our transport down to West Hollywood (buses run till about 6.30pm). We strolled down Santa Monica Blvd and found the Normandy rooms for a quiet drink and a couple of games of pool, nice bar. Then on for dinner at The Abbey which we heard was a must to visit and finished the evening next door in Here Lounge.

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Comedy bar
Comedy bar
As featured in Superman
As featured in Superman
More random art
More random art
Sums up LA
Sums up LA
Trolley at Farmers Market
Trolley at Farmers Market
farmers Market clock tower
farmers Market clock tower
Nice surrondings at The Grove
Nice surrondings at The Grove
Waiting for the bus
Waiting for the bus