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Two Places In Two Days

on August 25, 2014

In my dreams, I envision a place. Staying 380 miles away from Los Angeles, we could not have missed it by any chance. Then any travel freak will tell you to add San Diego to the itinerary, if you are so close to it ! Yeah ! That’s what we also did – A Road Trip : Phoenix – Los Angeles- San Diego. We had two days to cover two places – Los Angeles and San Diego. 

Trip Advisor was surely a great help for us in shortlisting the places we must visit and places which can be skipped as of now. All of us have been recently to Orlando, Florida so we decide to skip on the most famous Universal Studio and Disneyland Adventure Park (If you have time, please make it there as well). 

Day 1 – Los Angeles 

We started early in the morning to cover all our attractions we had listed out. Almost all these attractions were in walking distance only.The first point was The Hollywood Walk of Fame which consists of five-pointed terrazzo and brass stars embedded in the sidewalks of a street with numerous restaurants, cafes, souvenir shops and other attractions on sides. 

The Hollywood Walk of Fame

The Hollywood Walk of Fame

The Hollywood Walk of Fame

The Hollywood Walk of Fame

After walking around the street, clicking few pictures and sipping Starbucks we entered the famous Dolby Theater. This is the grand place which hosts the Oscars ! The feel of just getting into this grandeur was amazing. They provide a guided tour inside the theater to acquaint you with this lavish temple of Hollywood and narrate the history of Oscars. Unfortunately, no photography is allowed inside the theater, however they provide you with a postcard as a token of remembrance.   

Dolby Theater - Entrance

Dolby Theater – Entrance

From The Postcard - The Main Hall of Dolby Theater

From The Postcard – The Main Hall of Dolby Theater

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After this we decided to have our lunch in an Indian restaurant –Urban Masala and proceed further.

Now to Madame Tussauds ! Do I even need to tell anything..?? Just don’t try to forget your camera here. 

ENTRY

CLICK -I

CLICK -I

 After this we went to Ripley’s Believe It or Not! which deals in bizarre events and items so strange and unusual. There are many other such spots on the street which you can visit depending upon your time. After this, we drove to Beverly Hills where you can see California’s most opulent homes, hotels and personalities. Visitors flock to the Hills to experience the allure of Hollywood, world-class shopping, fine dining and of course star-gazing. The end point of the day was at Santa Monica Pier with the cool breeze of the sea and setting sun. You will find many restaurants, souvenir shops, street shows by local people.

Santa Monica Pier- I

Santa Monica Pier

DAY 2 – San Diego 

Next day also we started as early as possible from Los Angeles to San Diego. It was around 2 hours drive and we reached La Jolla Beach directly. One of the most pristine beach in San Diego. You can go for any water sports you wish to, we did Kayaking or just lay on the sparkling silver sand. Keep your eyes open, sea lions will also be resting on the silver sand. We found one following us while Kayaking. For those who want some shopping time can go to Prospect Road (adjacent to La Jolla) which is a paradise for shopaholics. You find awesome restaurants, cafes, ice parlours, shops on the street. We went to Taste of Himalayas.

La Jolla - I

La Jolla – I

 

La Jolla -II

La Jolla -II

 

 Then came the last and most exciting part of our trip – The Whale Watching. We had reserved our boat with Adventure RIB Rides and went for watching blue whales and dolphins. We were damn lucky and the captain was great. We saw 2 blue whales, 100’s of dolphins and sea lions ! This was the first time I was watching a real Blue Whale diving into the blue sea just 10-20 feet away from my boat! And the dolphins which I could have touched with my hands. It was magnificent. 

Blue Whale - Fin

Blue Whale – Fin

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