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Mulholland Drive
Mulholland Drive
#About the Street Famous from Movies

There are not many ways in the world that appear in movies and series and songs are written about. The excellent film by director and creator David Lynch, called "Mulholland Drive," perpetuates one of these - "Mulholland Drive" is one of the famous ways of Hollywood.

Indeed, the length of the famous road, "Mulholland Drive," is about 30 kilometers. This road extends from the mountainous eastern side of Santa Monica, through the Hollywood Hills where the famous Hollywood Sign is also located. It is one of the most beautiful roads of Los Angeles and offers spectacular views of the illuminated city, especially at night.

On the way there are a few stopping points where you can get an impression of the scenery, both day and night.

Mulholland Drive was paved in 1942 and after being filmed in countless movies and TV series, it is considered one of the most popular tourist destinations in Los Angeles.

Road Trip:


A Typical Mulholland Drive House:


Movie Trailer from Mulholland Drive:

Getty Villa
Getty Villa
#About the Getty Villa

Getty Villa is part of the Getty Museum, one of Los Angeles' most impressive museums, consisting of two parts: the main museum on a hill in Los Angeles and the Getty Villa in Malibu right here.

The villa was the original seat of the museum. It was built in 1970, on the top of a cliff overlooking the Pacific Ocean.

The villa, which is completely free, bears the name of the philanthropist and oil tycoon Paul Getty, who hoped to make everyone enjoy and experience art. He used to collect many items that included antiques and paintings, photographs, sculptures and prints. In fact, Getty was one of the richest Americans and established quite a few important institutions like the Research Institute and the Conservation Center and Foundation.

In his youth he visited Italy, where he met the Papirios Villa - a villa full of pools and fountains of various sizes and shapes. He fell in love with the idea and decided to make a copy of the place in California - where the pools and fountains would also occupy a central role. And so he did. Getty was able to allow visitors here to experience the same experience hehad in Italy.

The villa was invested with $275 million and the museum became very popular and highly illustrated. It was renovated and reopened in early 2006 after an 8-year renovation. Today you will find a research campus dedicated to the preservation of Roman, Greek and Etruscan antiquities. In addition, treasures from an antiquities collection containing some 44,000 works owned by Getty are displayed. Thousands of visitors come to it each year.

Today there is an educational center and a museum dedicated to the culture and art of Greece, Rome and ancient Arturia. Pay particular attention to two interesting statues in the museum: one is "Lansdowne Herakles", a larger than life statue of the god from 125 AD and the other is "Victorious Youth", a Greek bronze sculpture (from the surviving life-size stories) of an Olympic victory.


Entrance to the museum is free but tickets are required in advance - visit the site provided below.

A Closer Look at the Villa:

Hammer Museum
Hammer Museum
#About the Museum

The Hammer Museum is a museum that displays classical and modern art and much useful art. It was founded by industrialist Armand Hammer as his personal art collection. Since then, the museum has expanded its scope and became a leading institution in Los Angeles culturally. In the art scene it is also known as an institution with exhibitions and some critical works.

The museum hosts over 300 programs a year, including seminars, lectures, film screenings and concerts.

The founder, Armand Hammer, was an oil tycoon and a Jewish-American philanthropist. In 1987, he donated the works to the National Gallery of Art in Washington DC. About two weeks before his death in 1990, he inaugurated the Hammer Museum, which is currently run by the University of California at Los Angeles.


All museum collections, exhibitions and programs are free.

A Closer Look at the Museum:

Mann's Chinese Theater
Mann's Chinese Theater
#About the Location of the Handprints of Stars

How exciting to know that where you stand stood many of the stars you are used to seeing on television and film. In this very place, the Mann's Chinese Theater, more than 150 stars with their handprints in cement, from Shirley Temple to Nicholas Cage.

This site is one of the most prominent symbols of Hollywood Boulevard.

The entire architectural structure is impressive, but pay special attention to the front of the building, which is decorated in the style of an ancient Chinese temple. Every year new stars are invited to accept the status and leave their heritage at the entrance to the theater.

If you arrive in the morning you will be able to see the handprints clearly and take pictures with them properly. By the way, quite a few premieres are held here, so do not be surprised if you come here on one of the evenings and suddenly you will find yourself as part of the fans who came to cheer up the actors. In fact, almost no Hollywood actor has not stepped on the red carpet permanently placed at the entrance to this theater.

The Chinese theater has been a movie theater for years, beginning in 1927, and many premieres were screened there. You will also be able to see the latest and most recent movies. Here, the area's cleaning workers also brush the concrete plates and iron hoops.

In the past it was said, that "not seeing Chinese theater while visiting Los Angeles is like visiting China without seeing the Great Wall."

#Detective mission

Can you find out who has a particularly large shoe size?

Jennifer Aniston Makes her Mark:


Marilyn Monroe Makes her Mark:


Free in Los Angeles

Hollywood Walk of Fame
Hollywood Walk of Fame
#About the Place Where you Can See all the Stars

The Hollywood Walk of Fame is one of the places to visit in Los Angeles. It is located between Hollywood Avenue and Wayne Street in California. The boulevard was created by the artist Oliver Weismuller, whose goal was to upgrade Hollywood a little.

The names of over 2,500 entertainment artists are here, and all have been honored for the significant contribution they have made to the entertainment industry. Each star has a pink mosaic with a bronze frame. Inside is the name of the winner and underneath it one of the five symbols symbolizing in what way they contributed to the entertainment industry: film, television, music, radio or theater.

Each year, potential stars are announced on May 31. The Star Avenue Council holds the annual meeting in June to select the people that will receive a star the following year. These council members, by the way, are not known to the public, and this is also the reason why the electoral system is so secretive.

Each name listed here has undergone a complex application approval process. This is why it is also interesting to read on the Hollywood Walk of Fame website stories about the various celebrities who came here for the awards ceremony. The ceremonies are open to the general public. Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, the twin television stars were the youngest to receive a star - at the age of 17.

One of the most common phenomena here is to see tourists clinging to the name of a star of someone they really admire and taking a picture with their star. Louis Armstrong, David Bowie, Alfred Hitchcock, Marilyn Monroe, and Harrison Ford and even cartoon characters like Mickey Mouse and Pooh the Bear. You can find them all here.

#Stars and Criminals on the Avenue of Stars

The boulevard is being strengthened by the Historic Foundation of Hollywood. Every star who wants to see their name on the boulevard undertakes to attend the ceremony for up to five years from the date of the declaration and pay $15,000 to the fund for expenses (such as securing the ceremony). This amount is usually paid by movie studios and record companies as part of advertising costs. Sometimes the fan clubs pay the price - or the stars themselves.

Despite the meticulous care and maintenance, eight cases of theft of stars from the boulevard have occurred. In October 2016, it was vandalized with a hammer, the Donald Trump's star was stolen in the midst of the US presidential election campaign, which was destroyed by Jamie Otis, an ordinary man who pretended to be the mayor of Los Angeles.

In 1978 Los Angeles declared the boulevard as having cultural and historical significance.

A Closer Look at the Boulevard:

The Broad
The Broad
#About the Museum of Modern Art in Los Angeles

The Broad Museum in central Los Angeles is right next to the modern Walt Disney Hall. It was founded by billionaire Eli Broad, founder of AIG insurance company and the world's leading contemporary art collectors.

The museum, located on Grand Avenue in the center of the city, was built at a cost of $140 million. Here is the vast collection of Broad and his wife, Edith, with spectacular works, including those of the famous banal objects artist, Jeff Koons, Lichtenstein and Basquiat. Here you can see pop art icons and famous modern works, including the balloon dog and the colorful tulips of Koons, the huge dining table and the four impressive chairs of Robert Therrien, over 100 photographs of Cindy Sherman, Warhol's prints, paintings by Jasper Jones and the intriguing infinity room, with the "Mirror Room" by the Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama.

No less fascinating here is the magnificent and modernist structure, with the natural light that enters it and illuminates the many works.


Admission to the museum is free.

Book tickets online as soon as possible. The waiting list is of months and this will prevent aggravation and save time at the entrance.

A Closer Look:


Under Tharian's table:

Venice Beach
Venice Beach
#About Venice and the Los Angeles Beaches

One of the most famous and charming beaches in California is Venice Beach. This is a must-see site for every tourist, and a place frequented by locals.

Venice Beach is a strip of beach about 5 kilometers longs, with a lively and fun walkway - a place that mostly comes alive on weekends. If you like beach activities, you can find almost everything here. Basketball courts, skating rink, restaurants and cafes, boutique shops, bike lanes, a nice walkway filled with artists, magicians, and street performances.

Actually, this is one of the most interesting places in Los Angeles. You can see it all - people dancing, people skating or rollerblading, professional skateboarders, jugglers, bodybuilders, mass dancing on the beach, and people riding bikes.

If you walk towards the Abbot Kinney area, located nearby, you can see art galleries, and great restaurants. Those who like to walk can continue walking north, to the Santa Monica Wharf, with the Ferris wheel and the great theme park.

Venice Beach did not accident received its name. This beach is located near the Venice neighborhood, that took its name from Venice, Italy. In this neighborhood, there are canals that were dug at the beginning of the 20th century in a swamp area, in order to make the area an amusement park. Until today there are 6 canals parallel to one another and connected by bridges.

On summer weekends the beach is crowded with tourists. You might not want to come here during the evening hours, there are many homeless people and questionable characters that might not be as nice to be around in the dark.


If you decided to go into the water, just know they are probably chilly.

On weekends there is an exciting drum circle on the beach.

A Closer Look at Venice Beach and its Walkway:

Hollywood Sign
Hollywood Sign
#About the Famous Sign that Was an Advertisement and Became a Symbol of Hollywood

The Hollywood sign is one of the most important cultural icons for any tourist coming here. It is located at an altitude of 478 meters above sea level, on Mount Lee, within Griffith Park.

The sign itself is protected, so do not be surprised if you can not touch it or approach it. In September 1932, actress Peg Entwistle committed suicide by jumping from the letter "H."

This sign is currently registered as a trademark and can not be used without the approval of the Hollywood Board of Commerce.

#History of the Hollywood Sign

The funny story behind it is that it was designed here as a real estate advertisement in 1923. Its purpose was to promote a new construction project in the Hollywood Hills of the Santa Monica Mountains, with the name "Hollywoodland." In fact, the intention was not to let the sign stay up, the developers intended that the sign would remain in place for only a year, in order to promote the project.

The contract with the maintenance company of the sign ended in 1939, and after a few years the sign deteriorated. In 1949, the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce purchased the sign, removed the word "Land" and corrected the rest of the sign.

The new sign was inaugurated on the 75th anniversary of the founding of the city of Hollywood on November 14, 1978. The ceremony was broadcast live on television, where 60 million viewers watched. It also became a star in its own right when it appeared in various scenes in films and series, especially to indicate the location of the plot.


For a good photo location: to take pictures of the sign without disturbing the residents, and without getting a parking ticket or being too far away, reached Lake Hollywood Park. Parke a little further down. Walking to Mulholland Drive with Deronda drive will take you to the open entrance to the White Wall and from there to an observation point and an excellent shot to the sign.

A Closer Look at the Sign:


Getty Museum
Getty Museum
#About the Getty Museum

The Getty Museum is one of the city's most impressive museums. The museum opened in 1997 and bears the name of philanthropist Paul Getty, who loved art and wanted to allow the public to enjoy and experience the pleasure of it. It is located on a mountain peak, which can only be reached by trains carrying visitors from the bottom of the hill.

The Getty Museum opened in 1974 in a house known today as "Getty Villa" and is still a museum in its own right.

Getty was one of the richest Americans and established quite a few important institutions, including the Research Institute and the Conservation Center and the Foundation in his honor. In his lifetime he collected many diverse items, including antiques and paintings, photographs, sculptures and prints that are still exhibited in the museum. In 1982, after receiving $1.2 billion from the Getty Heritage, the place became the richest museum in the world. About 1.3 million people visit the museum every year and it is one of the most popular museums in the United States.

#What Do You See Here?

Today you can see a variety of artworks in the museum. Among them are ancient Roman and Greek works, classical and modern art, medieval and Renaissance paintings and sculptures, 18th-century European furniture and paintings by well-known European painters.

In 1983, the museum purchased 144 illustrated medieval manuscripts from the Ludwig collection in Aachen, which was in financial trouble. The collection is said to be "one of the finest collections and certainly the most important of those that were privately owned." You can still see it in the museum.

#The Structure of the Museum and its Surroundings

The whole place is also an architectural masterpiece, at the head of a hill overlooking the spectacular views of Los Angeles. It was designed by architect Richard Mayer, commissioned by the foundation that received Getty's estate.

More from the museum is the educational center located in Malibu, dedicated to the culture and art of Greece, Rome and ancient Arturia. In addition to conventional art in museums such as paintings, sculptures and architecture, the museum also offers musical performances and concerts. Many do picnics in the surrounding lawns and gardens. The museum building is very impressive and it is recommended to stroll through the sculpture garden next to it. Also note the landscaped gardens surrounding the museum.


Entrance to the museum is free.

A Closer Look at the Museum:


Activity at the Getty Center:

California Science Center
#About the Popular Scientific Center of the State of California

The California Science Center is a free museum that displays hundreds of exhibits that engage visitors to get to know technological innovations and scientific inventions as well as life, space, aviation, and ecology. This is done through a variety of interactive and innovative displays, fascinating both young and old.

Here you can explore the wonders of science with simulations and experiences such as the Hurricane simulator, a 10-minute "flood", biking in the air, exploration of the depths of the sea, the circle of life, lightening and thunder or babies emerging from eggs.

There are also live demos, interactive exhibits and fascinating inspiring 3D movies. In some of the exhibits you will be asked to act and try things, such as exhibitions dealing with different processes that drive the earth, or study scientific principles and inventions that affect our lives dramatically.

At the California Science Center you can explore the forms of survival of the various forms of life in nature, understand the scientific principles of aviation or experiment with the scientific side of spaceflight. All these and many other things make your stay here a perfect refuge and excellent balance for children and parents, from all the Hollywood abundance and theme parks that this city offers in abundance.


Admission to the Museum is free throughout the week.

A Closer Look:


Kids Having Fun at the Museum:

Griffith Observatory
#About Los Angeles' Observatory and Planetarium

On a green hill, overlooking Hollywood from high up, and the stars from below, is Griffith Observatory, located on the top part of Griffith Park. With over one million visitors each year, this is the most visited observatory in the world.

Griffith Observatory will take you on an exciting adventure to the solar system and around the whole world. The round, white building can be seen from different points in Los Angeles, and on the weekends gets really crowded.

The observatory was built in Griffith Park by Colonel and astronomy enthusiast, Griffith Jenkins Griffith. His dream was to make the stars reachable for everyone, and not only scientists. This is the reason the entrance to the observatory is free, and has been this way since its establishment in 1935. Griffith's donation money ensure that the entire park around the observation would be named after him. About 10 years ago, the building was renovated at a cost of about $35 million.

In 2006, after renovations that cost about $93 million that lasted 4 years, the observatory was re-opened, with a sophisticated planetarium and small theater, a Foucault pendulum, and fantastic telescope, theater, and more. In the galleries there are scientific exhibits that help understand the sky, solar system, and earth.

In the great musical "La La Land," the famous observatory was one of the most prominent and beautiful locations for the shootings, where the romantic couple spent time. It has been commemorated in many movies, and it even has a monument for the actor James Dean, who filmed here a famous knife fight scene in his famous movie, "Rebel Without a Cause." Besides looking at the sky and stars, the observatory is a great place to look over the Hollywood Sign, as well as a viewpoint for all of Los Angeles.


Entrance to the observatory is free, and on weekends can get crowded - try coming here on the weekdays.

The view from here over Los Angeles is great, especially in the evening houses with the lights spread across the city.

A Closer Look at Griffith Observatory:


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