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A short family trip to Los Angeles


ROBERT ARTEST
Posted 08/19/2010

I finally got to see Los Angeles. My sisters bought a small rest house there so it became the summer adventure of the family. You can just bet how giddy we were when we found out we're going to Hollywood!

The first day of the sightseeing was the best. We arrived the afternoon before and just settled down. We spent the whole day at Los Angeles' famous Universal Studios. This theme park really rocks. We were given this studio tour via a tram ride. My mom and sisters spotted the dressing rooms of the stars of their eras. The whole setups for ‘Back to the Future' and ‘Jurassic Park' are both unforgettable. The seemingly-never ending fun avenues there makes you think that a day is not enough. We even forgot to eat. Good thing the theme park has lots of restaurant choices.

The next day, we went to the Hollywood Boulevard. I got see the imprints of famous celebrities in Walk of Fame which I only see in TV. My sister won't believe me but I think I really saw Britney Spears in the parking lot of one of the shops. We also had a souvenir family picture at the Kodak Theatre. It was also a museum day since we went to the Ripley's Believe It or Not Museum and Guinness World Records Museum. We capped the day by visiting the Hollywood Wax Museum which has the most phenomenal wax figurines. Each one looks very, very real.

The next day was filled more of loving nature. My mom and dad are outdoor-loving people. We went to the La Brea tar Pits. We went to the Page Museum and we got to see fossils of different life forms that have lived before us. There are also models of animals that I've never seen, except in sci-fi movies, like saber-toothed cats and mammoths. Good thing we went there early because we found a really huge throng of people when we went out. After having lunch, we went to the Los Angeles Zoo. It is located in the equally beautiful Griffith Park. The guide told us that there were over 1,000 animals in the zoo. My sisters went to the botanical garden while I and my brothers run around trying to find exotic animals.

We went to visit our Uncle Tom living in Los Angeles the next day. My sister Lisa convinced dad to drop by at the Walt Disney Concert Hall. The guide says that Frank Gehry designed it. The silver decorations in the building was said to be inspired by surrealism. I think it really is a unique building. The guide was kind enough to really give us the details of the hall's history. It seems a lot of great concerts were hosted there. We drove straight to Uncle Tom's after the hall and stayed there for dinner.

I think Los Angeles is really a place to be. I hope to come back there and enjoy some of the attractions we weren't able to see.


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