Day 2 in California commenced with the most cliche excursion of our trip, a ‘Tour of the Stars Homes’. The decision to go was simply one of following the groups. It seemed to be something every stereotypical tourist does when visiting LA. So, being classic Brits, we were sure to jump straight on the bandwagon and booked onto the next available tour.
Come 10am we were boarding the open sided mini-bus, and before long were up in the famous Hollywood hills. I have to same the views were stunning, even with the lingering morning fog.
Despite the views, I quickly became embarrassed about driving through very affluent areas with a tour guide cracking corny jokes over a mega phone whilst for example, pointing out the room in which Micheal Jackson sadly died in.
To me the celebrity house spotting side of the trip was rather immoral. There’s something not quite right about pulling up in the driveways of well known celebrities, who quite clearly just want some privacy.
As a point of principle I therefore didn’t take photos of anyone’s homes… okay maybe one, Donald Trumps… but since he’s moving into the White House – Good luck America. Why not? Here you go:
Moving swiftly on from politics… Despite the house hunt, the trip was actually a great way to see wider Los Angeles, without having to hire a car! It toured many of the city’s famous districts including Bel Air and Beverly Hills – knowing you’d entered a new postcode by a change in the trees lining the streets. Likewise, we also visited many of the famous roads, such as the Sunset strip and Rodeo Drive… (which I have to admit did spur a shopping expedition later in the day – apologies to my bank balance).
Overall was it worth it? At $50 per person for a 2 and a half hour tour, I’d say it was good value for money. And if, like us, you don’t have access to a car it is a great way of exploring the area. With hindsight though I would have booked a tour that avoided stalking celebrities homes…
DISCLAIMER – This post means no offence to those who run celebrity spotting tours or those who enjoy them. Purely my own honest and personal opinion. I like many was still as excited as the next person at the possibility of bumping into Justin Bieber at Starbucks within the City of Angles.
For those interested here is the link to the tour company –
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