Monday, October 13, 2008

The last day of the L.A. tour ends at Rodeo Drive, Beverly Hills...

So my parents stay in L.A. is nearly at an end and it's been a bit of a whirlwind tour.  Since Charlie and I spent most of our time settling in for the last six or seven months and looking after our young pup, we've also tried to use this opportunity to explore L.A. and see some of its famous sights.

The last ten days has taken us to see dinosaurs in Santa Monica, The Getty Center, Venice Beach, fossils at the La Brea Tar Pits, the wonderful Getty Villa in Malibu, the Arclight Hollywood cinema, the Ahmanson Theatre in Downtown L.A. to see the new 9 to 5 musical and the views from the Griffith Observatory.

After all that sight-seeing we thought we'd have a calmer Sunday with a leisurely stroll around the infamous Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills. 
The Farm of Beverly HiIls restaurant
We started with a spot of lunch at The Farm of Beverly Hills and I had one of their yummy omelettes, where you can choose four fillings of your choice, then we ventured out to enjoy the early afternoon sunshine.  

By now I think my folks are fit to bursting after over a week of the generous (wasteful?) over-sized food portions here in America, so we all needed a good walk.
The infamous Rodeo Drive in Beverly HIlls
We wandered down Rodeo Drive past the likes of Cartier, Gucci, Prada, Tiffany and the rest, pondering how much money you really had to have to be able to buy things from those shops on a regular basis without going totally bankrupt.

After the shops we strolled by the sculptures in Beverly Gardens Park and posed for the obligatory photos in front of the Beverly Hills sign (as lots of other tourists were doing).
Beverly Hills sign in Beverly Gardens Park
Then to my surprise we came across something that regular Jason in Hollywood visitors will be familiar with, as the Entourage season five cast poster story continues.  
Entourage season 5 cast painting
Check out this painting of the season five promotional shot of the Entourage cast on display in the window at the Lurie Gallery on South Santa Monica Blvd.
Entourage season 5 cast painting
This is the story that just won't quit.  

After that sighting, my own entourage popped in Crate & Barrel to buy some new mugs (what can I say, I'm a bit clumsy in the kitchen!), then headed home to West Hollywood.  After walking Cooper at Runyon Canyon, along with the rest of L.A. it seemed, we ended the evening by watching Steve Martin in L.A. Story on DVD.

A friend had recommended the movie and I thought the comedy was a perfect end to my parents stay as it has some brilliantly funny observations of L.A. and as we've all been here a while now, we could appreciate it even more.

Now it's time for a nice hot cup of tea before I start the clean up to make Hotel Jason in Hollywood ready for business again...

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