Tuesday, June 29, 2010

playing tourist

Last weekend, my brother and his family visited me! This is the first time anyone other than my parents have come out to Los Angeles so it was very exciting! C and I played tour guide and were lucky to have a few celebrity spottings while out and about in Hollywood and Beverly Hills.

On Friday, we headed to Hollywood Blvd. Anyone who lives in Los Angeles knows to avoid this area like the plague, but it's a must visit for all tourists. The place seemed overly crowded though and we soon discovered why. The Jimmy Kimmel show was filming a skit outside of the Grauman's Chinese Theatre and we were just in time to find a place to stand! The talent, as they call it, was none other than TOM CRUISE promoting his newest film, Knight and Day. Kimmel and Cruise came down on a zip line from a building across the street and landed right outside the theatre.

My brother was standing in a different spot than us and was able to get a great video, but I can't seem to upload it to this post. I will try to figure it out later. In the meantime, here are some pictures:

the crowd, waiting to see Kimmel and Cruise

evan, me, amy and c waiting in the crowd

zip-lining in from across the street

Kimmel and Cruise doing their skit before being whisked back up the zip-line

On Saturday, we were up early to star stalk and sightsee! After a homemade breakfast of strawberry topped waffles and bacon, we smushed together in my car and headed for Hollywood. Some of our stops included the Hollywood sign, Lake Hollywood, and the LA Farmer's Market for lunch.

breakfast [l to r - taylor, john, and evan]

four of us smushed together in the backseat

my brother and I posing by Lake Hollywood

Eating lunch at the Farmer's Market

After lunch, we pulled out our "Where the Stars Live" map and went on the hunt to find more celebrities and their homes. At our first stop on Hillcrest in Beverly Hills, we spotted Larry King outside of his house! He was kind enough to wave and say hi as we drove by! It was our lucky day because at our stop by Playboy Mansion, we saw Hugh Hefner pulling into the gates in his limousine. He rolled down the window a bit and waved...needless to say, my nephews were quite excited about this and were posting their status to facebook and texting all of their friends! Haha!

I was so happy to see my family! We had a great time together, but as usual, time went by waaaaay too fast!

18 comments:

Dree said...

Aw, loving all of the celebrity sightings! It sounds like a great time!

A Classic Pearl said...

Sounds like you were the hostess with the mostess with the homemade waffles for breakfast.

Holly said...

Sound like y'all had a great time! So glad your brother got to come and visit you!

Jules said...

Talk about being in the right place at the right time. That must have been very cool! You got some great photos of Cruise and Kimmel. I also love the cute photo of you guys in the crowd.

How fun that you went to all of those stops and spotted Larry Kind and Hef. I’ve always wanted to go to the LA Farmer’s Market. XOXO

Brandi said...

Sounds like a great time.

Sweet Southern Prep said...

What a fun weekend! Love that photo of Jimmy and Tom Cruise! Glad y'all take advantage of everything LA has to offer. :)

Julie (brown eyed belle) said...

What a fun weekend! So glad you got to spend it with your family! And how cool is it that y'all had so many celebrity sightings!! I mean, does it get any cooler than Hef?? Lol Have a great Tuesday, pretty lady! xoxo

Girl with the Curlz said...

So glad you brother got to come out. Looks like a fun celebrity filled weekend.

BroncoMom said...

Nothing like family to warm your heart!!!

Sassy In The South said...

So fun! I am a celebrity stalker, I will admit it! So, this trip would have been perfect for me! haha.

Pink Martini said...

Confession - I have never done the Map of The Stars Home but would love to. Sorry state for a native SoCal girl born in LA. Don't you think it's time this summer? So glad you had fun being tour guide. :) xoxo

Marcie said...

How fun! Seeing celebrities is such a rush. Your blog is so fun! Glad I found it.

xo Marcie

Danielle said...

Glad you had fun and saw some celebs! Larry King held a door open for me at a deli. He seems nice. :)

Jill said...

I'm glad you got to see your family and y'all had a nice visit. Girl, next time I'm in L.A. we have to hang out... I love spotting celebs! I remember last time you said you were bad luck when it came to seeing celebs. Looks like you're good luck now!

Mrs. Jansson said...

What a fun time! I'm so glad that your family was able to come out and visit - it's always exciting to play tour guide. I think it's awesome that you got to see so many celebrities! What other stars have you run into while living in LA??

Christa said...

I love L.A! We went a few years back and went to a taping of the Jimmy Kimmel Live show. We also ran into Larry King on Rodeo Drive and got a pic with him!

Shoshanah said...

I've never done a star tour! I guess its the type of touristy thing you never do when you actually live that. But if I'm honest, I'd love to do one sometime

Miss Janice said...

When I lived in Palm Springs, I would drive over to Beverly Hills and spend the night and shop and order room service like I was a celebrity:) After the OJ Simpson trial, I mapped out the distance between OJ's house on Rockingham and Nicole's condo. I drove back and forth to see how much time it would have taken him to go there and get back home. Of course, I completely stalked his home on Rockingham, taking in every single detail...even got out and looked down the side for Cato Kaitlen's apartment. Seriously love celebrity watching in Beverly Hills!

 
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