By Emma Leboullanger (France) and Ellen Maes (Belgium)
1. Venice Beach
Venice is a residential, commercial and recreational beachfront neighborhood on the Westside of the city of Los Angeles. Venice was founded
in 1905 as a seaside resort town. It was an independent city until 1926, when it merged with Los Angeles.
Today, Venice is known for its canals, beaches, and the circus-like Ocean Front Walk, a two-and-a-half-mile pedestrian-only promenade that features performers, mystics, artists and vendors.
“I went to Venice Beach. There are a lot of little shops with nice souvenirs and it’s cheaper than in the cities! And the beach is so beautiful!”
2. Santa Monica
Santa Monica is a beachfront city in western Los Angeles County, California, United States. The city is named after the Christian saint, Monica. Situated on Santa Monica Bay, it is bordered on three sides by the city of Los Angeles – Pacific Palisade to the north, Brentwood on the northeast, Sawtelle on the east, Mar Vista on the southeast, and Venice on the south. Partly because of its agreeable climate, Santa Monica had become a famed resort town by the early 20th century. The Santa Monica Pier remains a popular and iconic destination
“When you stand on the Santa Monica Pier, you feel like you’re standing on the set of Hannah Montana. It is amazing!
3. The Hollywood Sign
It’s more than just nine white letters spelling out a city’s name; it’s one of the world’s
most evocative symbols, a universal metaphor for ambition, success, glamour…for this
dazzling place, industry and dream we call
H-O-L-L-Y-W-O-O-D. In this place, you’ll get c
loser to Hollywood’s “biggest star” than you ever dreamed possible, from a photo journey through Hollywood history and tips on where to see the Sign, to live Sign Webcams and the latest Sign news. You’ll also learn about the people who work to keep the Sign preserved and protected, and how you can get involved.
“Seeing the Hollywood Sign makes you feel like you are really in America, close to the most famous people. It is very wonderful!”
4. Walk Of Fame
The Hollywood Walk of Fame comprises more than 2,500 five-pointed terrazzo and brass stars embedded in the sidewalks along 15 blocks of Hollywood Boulevard and three blocks of Vine Street in Hollywood, California. The stars are permanent public monuments to achievement in the entertainment industry, bearing the names of a mix of actors, musicians, directors, producers, musical and theatrical groups, fictional characters, and others. The Walk of Fame is administered by the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce and maintained by the self-financing Hollywood Historic Trust. It is a popular tourist destination, with a reported 10 million visitors in 2003.
“Walking where your favourite people have walked is so amazing! You really feel closer to them and seeing their stars on the sidewalk is so impressive…”
5. Universal Studios
Universal Studios is an American film studio, owned by Comcast through its wholly owned subsidiary NBCUniversal, and is one of Hollywood’s “Big Six” Films Studios. Its production studios are at 100 Universal City Plaza Drive in Universal City, California. Universal Studios is a member of the Motion Association Picture of America. Universal was founded in 1912 by the German Carl Laemmle, Mark Dintenfass, Charles O.Baumann, Adam Kessel, Pat Powers, William Swanson, David Horsley, Robert H. Cochrane, and Jules Brulatour. Universal is the world’s fourth oldest major film studio.
“It’s incredible to see the places where movies have been set, and the attractions are so amazing, especially The Simpsons!”
6. Beverly Hills
Beverly Hills is a city in Los Angeles County, California, United States, surrounded by the cities of Los Angeles and West Hollywood. Originally a Spanish ranch where lima beans were grown, Beverly Hills was incorporated in 1914 by a group of investors who had failed to find oil, but found water instead and eventually decided to develop it into a town. By 2013, its population had grown to 34,658. Sometimes referred to as “90210”, one of its primary ZIP codes, it is home to many actors and celebrities. The city includes the Rodeo Drive shopping district and the Beverly Hills Oil Field.
“If you are lucky, you could see a celebrity in Beverly Hills! All these luxurious shops are very impressive. Moreover there are all these beautiful cars on the street…”
7. Griffith Observatory
Griffith Observatory is a facility in Los Angeles, California sitting on the south-facing
slope of Mount Hollywood in Los Angeles’ Griffith Park. It commands a view of the Los Angeles Basin, including Downtown Los Angeles to the southeast, Hollywood to the south, and the Pacific ocean to the southwest. The observatory is a popular tourist attraction with an excellent view of the Hollywood sign, and an extensive array of space and science-related displays. Since the observatory opened in 1935, admission has been free, in accordance with Griffith’s will.
“This is an extraordinary building where you can have an amazing view of the city of Los Angeles, and also of the famous Hollywood sign. I think you have to see it once”