When you think about Los Angeles, the first thing that comes to mind is Hollywood. But Los Angeles has so much more to offer. Which part of Los Angeles has inspired me and which part has disappointed me, you can find out now.
On our West Coast round trip we had of course also planned the megacity Los Angeles. Since I have already heard so many positive things about LA, I had huge expectations of this city. Whether they were fulfilled or disappointed, you’ll find out right away. Those who know me know that I am more of a city person, this is probably the reason why I always have very high expectations of cities. But I have to admit that I liked the nature, the beaches and the many national parks best on this trip.
Los Angeles is the largest city in the state of California. With approximately 3,929,000 inhabitants, it is the second largest city in the United States. LA is mainly known for its Hollywood film industry. The population of Los Angeles is mixed. People from a total of 140 countries live in this city. I was also particularly interested in the fact that 60% of the inhabitants do not speak English in their own household, most of them speak Spanish. However, the national language English is spoken by a large part of the population. A big problem in LA is gang crime, which is why you have to avoid some areas at night. The police are always present, but in some areas you don’t feel safe and always a little uncomfortable. My first impression of Los Angeles was unfortunately frightening, as the number of homeless people is gigantic. The first sight on our arrival was homeless people living on the roadside. Many actors who don’t make the breakthrough in Hollywood lose everything and are completely destitute. There is no social system like ours and they have no choice but to live under a bridge or in a canal system.
Los Angeles City Hall
The City Hall, a 138 m high building with 32 floors is located in downtown Los Angeles. The building has been featured in some well-known movies and also in some video games the scenery appears.
Walt Disney Concert Hall
The Walt Disney Concert Hall is an architectural masterpiece and definitely an eye-catcher. It has the shape of a large sailing ship. This building is also located in downtown Los Angeles. Because of its unique acoustics, this concert hall is one of the most important in the world. On the roof of the building there is a garden, which can be visited and admired free of charge like the whole building. This building is also known from numerous films.
The center of the U.S. film industry and world famous is Hollywood. Hollywood is also known as a dream factory, but only very few make a breakthrough here. Above the city, in the Hollywood Hills, there is the famous Hollywood Sign, which is unfortunately not visible from the city in bad weather. But until the afternoon we were lucky and could catch a glimpse of the landmark. One of the biggest sightseeings in Hollywood is the Walk of Fame. A sidewalk on which over 2500 plates with stars were let in. With each star, a prominent person is honoured. Universal Studios and Warner Bros Studios are among the largest film studios in Hollywood.
Beverly Hills is a separate city in the western part of Los Angeles and not as often mistakenly assumed a district of Los Angeles. The city is home to numerous actors and directors. At the end of the day, we visited the Farmers Market in Beverly Hills, where the Kardashian family also bought. 😉
One of the most expensive shopping streets in the world is Rodeo Drive. Rodeo Drive is located in Beverly Hills and is known from the movie Pretty Woman. A four-lane road leads through the approx. 3.2 km long shopping street, which is lined with palm trees. All international fashion brands are represented here. At the northern end of Rodeo Drive stands the world-famous The Beverly Hills Hotel.
Los Angeles and Hollywood have been on my list of places I want to see for years. Unfortunately, I personally found Hollywood very disappointing. Probably because I had imagined the Walk of Fame to be completely different. Much more glamorous, but it’s a simple sidewalk that doesn’t even look very well maintained. Also the showmen you meet every few meters were very annoying and intrusive. You had to be really careful not to photograph them unintentionally, because they wanted to collect money for every single photo. It may sound strange, but I was happy when we left Hollywood again. Again I was absolutely thrilled by Beverly Hills and the Rodeo Drive. The whole area is beautifully maintained and you immediately feel at home. I think everyone should get their own picture of LA!