California: Los Angeles Day 4

Time certainly flies when you’re having fun.

This was our last day in LA and there were still things to see so we had to prioritize.

First stop: Griffith Observatory

I picked the observatory since it was the closest to where we were staying. Plus the place is quite popular, have an awesome view of the city and the Hollywood sign.

Getting there is a breeze, but parking not so much. Good advice is if you go before 10AM, even if you pay for 1 hour parking you can stay until 11AM. So I’d suggest going at 9, look around and spend the rest of the time inside the observatory. There’s a lot to see inside. If you go at night you can even see the stars.

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Second Stop: Little Tokyo

That’s where we had to part with our vehicle and continue on foot. Little Tokyo as you can imagine is the place to get japanese food and sweets. It’s a tiny gem in the heart of downtown.

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Third stop: Hollywood

You can’t say you’ve been to LA if you don’t visit Hollywood. The place isn’t anything spectacular but it’s just something you have to see. We saw plenty of names on the walk of fame including this:20170325_163956.jpg

Also visited Madame Tussauds museum. You can skip it if you’re not dying to take selfis with celeb statues. I wasn’t too disappointed considering we paid $15 for going after 4PM.

The ticket also includes Marvel Heroes 4D which is the cheesiest thing I’ve ever seen. It has water splashing in your face which is rather annoying and your chair moves from time to time. You can really skip that.

Hollywood blvd itself is crowded and here and there you can see Spiderman, Superman, Batman, and even Zorro. There were also 2 Michael Jacksons waiting to take a picture.

While everything was fun it’s nothing spectacular.

The next day we had to leave really early in the morning to San Francisco so that was all for LA.

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John Carter

I don’t really write much, if anything at all, about movies. I love cinema and enjoy the art of movie-making, but for some reason I’m not so good at sharing my impressions about a movie.

The reason why I’m writing about this one is because I won tickets for a pre-screening and that was a very nice surprise considering the last movie I saw in the theatre was “KungFu Panda 2” almost 8 months ago.

Another interesting fact was that Taylor Kitsch(at that time I really had no idea who that was) was there in person, at least till the beginning.

Like I mentioned earlier, 2012 was a year of interesting surprises and turns, so watching a pre-screening of something for the first time was certainly a good addition to  the category of new experiences.

Oh, the movie itself was good. Like many people will see later, it’s nothing new under the sun. What made it different for me is how they made something like Mars(imagine a yellow/brown desert planet) interesting to watch. From a visual perspective this movie was certainly an amazing travel. There were some things in the story that I didn’t get but I liked the mystery behind those men(Mark Stong as their leader).

Should you watch it? It’s decent and I don’t think many people will be disappointed with it. It’s a little better than what I originally expected. I’d classify it as a mix between Star Wars+Conan+other adventure movies.