Los Angeles – Hollywood Glamour?

food, North America

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For a city praised in so many movies and songs, LA slightly disappointed me. Maybe I had unrealistic expectations, but Los Angeles turned out to be a city you hear so many things about and then, when you finally experience it for yourself, you think: Oh and that’s all? So that’s what it is actually like?

Maybe it was just the wrong city for me, I am not that interested in movies and stars, so Hollywood and the Walk of Fame held little of interest for me.

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What I enjoyed was Griffith Observatory, it had interesting exhibitions and the guides were really helpful and friendly. The Hollywood Sign, on the other hand, is a PR gag.

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Muscle Beach is a hotspot for people looking for all kinds of activities. Boxing right at the beach, surfing, dancing, skating and what not. I saw a tiny white-haired lady posing with two bulky dark-skinned bodybuilders. All three of them were having the time of their life.

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San Gabriel just outside LA is a mostly Chinese community, it truly feels like being in Shanghai with all its Chinese shopping malls and restaurants. Decor and service are exactly like in China, as is the food.

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In East Hollywood, Thaitown awaits you with authentic Thai cuisine. The seafood soup was a must, almost every table had one of those, and it indeed was delicious.Other dishes were also decent.

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Walt Disney Concert Hall in downtown LA

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Probably my favorite spot in LA – Getty Museum. It is free (I like) and is housed in a cool modern complex complete with a beautiful garden. Everything was drenched in light and the view of the city added a big plus to the location.

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March 15th-17th 2016

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