Wednesday, June 30, 2010

{Remembering} The "Other" Disney Part 4-Exploring LA LA LAND

After spending four days in Disneyland we were ready to do a little more exploring. We were getting ready for the next part of our Southern California adventure so we rented a car in Anaheim and took a day trip to Los Angeles. First stop was The La Brea Tar Pits.  It's right in the middle of the city!  It is the one of the world's most famous fossil locations.  You can learn about Los Angleles during the Ice Age when saber toothed tigers and mammoths  roamed the LA basin.
A little educational side trip never hurt anyone (insert groaning teenager).

These two were excited about it!
You can walk around and look at (and smell) the tar pits.
We also took a tour of the Page Museum .
There were some interesting exhibits.
Comparing the heights of living species and simulating what it feels like to pull something out of the tar pits.

The Fishbowl where they work on the artifacts. You can see them cleaning and repairing the bones.
Then we headed to Hollywood Boulevard for a little walk around town.
First Stop:
Mann's Chinese Theater
Some of the Harry Potter cast (this was a highlight for us!)
El Capitan Theater
Hollywood Boulevard is CRAZY, you are accosted by dozens of celebrity impersonators hawking photographs with themselves,selling cds and just talking AT you.  It is wall to wall people and just nuts!  We were exploring the Walk of Fame and came to a  sudden stop where people were just milling about and not moving, we realized it was Michael Jackson's handprints and everyone was stopping to get a picture)
I could not wait to get out of there.  We headed over to the LA Farmers Market and The Grove.

You can just barely make out the Hollywood sign. We were in a parking garage!
Had lunch (the BEST Mexican food ever!) at the  Farmer's Market followed by our first Pinkberry yogurt. YUM!
Hung out in the super swanky LA shopping mecca..The Grove! (no, we didn't see Katie and Suri)

Then headed back to The Grand Californian for our last night in Anaheim.
to be continued...
Part 5

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Life in Rehab said...

Wow, we've never been that far from home for vacation, but does that sound like a blast!

Sheila said...

WOW!!!! Those pics look fantastic! I need to look at them all again :) Looks like you all had a great time!!!

Heather said...

I so want to visit! That may have to go on our "list" of places to go in the next few years. :) I've never had Pinkberry & I'm dying to go to Sprinkles! Can you tell I've got a mad sweet tooth?! ha!
Heather @

Yellow House said...

I've been to Disneyland, but have never really explored Los Angeles. Looks like you guys picked some fun placed to visit!

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