Santa Barbara | California 2018 Trip!

Hello everybody! Something that was really different for me was going to the Santa Barbara wharf! I didn’t expect to like it or have fun, but I didn’t want to leave at the end of the day!

We went on this pier that had a bunch of good smelling restaurants and tempting ice cream. It was a really pretty view no matter where you where on the pier.

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After we spent some time on the pier we walked around and checked out different artists tents. There were some really good photographers there, as well as artists and more. There were some odd ones though, like this one woman who tried to paint chickens as people. It was interesting to see everyone’s different styles of art.

We then went to an area called the funk zone, which was nice but we didn’t spend much time in. I enjoyed the pier the most, it was less hot there and I found it more interesting. I felt like it was something different that what I normally do and I enjoyed it, you should check it out!

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The Getty Villa |California 2018 Trip!

We were able to go to the Getty Villa in Malibu which is similar to the Getty Museum. They had mostly Roman and Greek artifacts there. This location was also free to go to, but it did require a parking fee.

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The Getty Villa had many gorgeous areas and nice picture locations.

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Again I did not take too many pictures because I was not sure what I could photograph and what I couldn’t.

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There was also a really nice view from the getty that was beautiful to look out at.

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Personally I would recommend the Getty Villa more than the Getty Museum. I am more into Greek and Roman history and mythology so I enjoyed it more there. (I do love Egyptian a lot too.) I did go up to a tour guide to talk to her about some Greek mythology but it seemed she knew nothing other than what she talked about. I was a bit disappointed in that but it was alright.

 

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The Hollywood Sign! | California 2018 Trip!

If you go to Los Angeles you have to see the iconic Hollywood Sign!

We went to the Griffith Observatory to be able to see the sign. I would recommend going after noon. We went before noon and it was hard to find somewhere to park. We had to walk a little ways up to get to the observatory. There was one area where you could see where a fire had been recently.

The sign was small but you could see it. I definitely recommend coming later if you don’t want to have a short hike up hill.

We were able to go to the top of the observatory which had a nice view of the whole city. It was very windy up top, but very hot on the walk up the observatory.

You could also see a telescope which was really large and interesting.

It was really interesting to see the whole city and the Hollywood sign. This is another spot I highly recommend if you go to LA. I know I’m definitely coming here again!

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Rodeo Drive and the Getty Museum | California 2018 Trip!

On our second day of the trip we were able to go to Rodeo drive and the Getty Museum.

Rodeo drive was nice, but it was very different from what I expected. The stores are expected were all very expensive. I really didn’t take any pictures that day, but I do have my story of the day.

The first place we went to was the Gucci store, which you had to wait in a line to get in to. I don’t know what I expected it to be, but it was not that. It was nice to see everything in there but I saw no clothing that I personally would wear. Some of the shoes were very nice.

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Eventually we went into a bunch of other stores that were some how even more expensive. I did go to Guess though and I really liked that store and the clothes in it. My parents went in different stores like Ralph Lauren and more.

We went to have dinner at a restaurant called 208 Rodeo.

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It was a little crowded but the view was nice. The people who sat next to you, they felt like they were at your table. I also wanted to order off this kids menu but they wouldn’t let me. I normally eat off the kids menu because the potions are just right for me. I did end up getting some fish and chips that were good, but it was too much for me as I said.

After that we went over to the Getty Museum. It was free to get in there, and we had a nice tram ride up to the top.

We went to the museum mainly for the new Egyptian area that they had. I was not able to take many pictures. It was hard to tell what you could take a picture and what you couldn’t. I took a picture (with no flash) of something and an employee yelled at me so I didn’t take any more after that.

The view from the Getty was beautiful.

We didn’t see much of it but I can definitely say I would go again just for the view! Since it was free it was also a very nice area to see.

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TMZ Tour and Hollywood Walk of Fame | California 2018 Trip!

After we went to the Warner Brothers Studio Tour we went on a TMZ celebrity tour and we walked on the Hollywood Walk of Fame!

The TMZ tour was incredibly hilarious. It does have some inapropriate moments though so I would not recomend bringing young children. We got to learn different celebrity stories, and see different areas where they like to hang out. We did not see any celebrities, and I honestly did not expect to see any.

The tour was still absolutely hilarious and you learned a lot about LA and different celebrities. Like did you know the Kardashians were given the key to the City of Los Angeles?

After the tour we walked along the Walk of Fame to the Chinese Theater. There were many stars that I saw but there was only one I wanted to take a picture of. (Yes!! Mickey Mouse!!)

We were also able to see different peoples signatures in front of the theater.

I liked how Rupert, Daniel, and Emma all put their wands when they signed also.

Anyways this was a short one today I know, but I have a whole load of more blog posts coming soon!

I think you should do the TMZ tour if you can, I know I’d do it again.

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Warner Brothers Studio Tour! | California 2018 Trip!

On the first day of our California trip we went to Warner Brothers for a tour! We were able to see different sets, sound stages and more!

We started off our tour in your average Small Town. This town has been used for a small town for many movies and tv shows. This small town included the church, courthouse, and school from Pretty Little Liars. And the gazebo and the small town from Gilmore Girls.

The Gazebo from Gilmore Girls.
The church from Pretty Little Liars.
The city hall, and same building as the school from Pretty Little Liars.
Me posing in front of the Gazebo.

We also got to see the parking lot where Frank Sinatra would come in in his helicopter everyday and the iconic water tower!

While driving along the sets we got to see different areas in different tv shows and movies. We also got to learn about how they set up each set and take each set down. They had fake brick covers to place on the front of buildings, and they had places for doorknobs so it would match the time period.

We also got to see the alley where the iconic upside down Spider-Man kiss was. We also learned why his mask was barley pulled down during that scene. (They had it raining but the water was going up his nose and drowning him so they had to stuff his nose with cotton.)

Next we got to go in a building where they had different props and costumes from DC and Harry Potter.

The fireplace with all the letter for Harry Potter.
The street sign for Privet Drive.
The letter that Harry got to go to Hogwarts.
The letter and Harry Potter’s wand.
Harry Potter’s glasses.
A bunch of candies and tricks from Weasleys Wizard Wheezes that Fred and George Weasley opened up.
Fred and Molly Weasley’s outfits.
The marauders map.
Dobby the house elf.
Me posing with the sorting hat! 
The house cup from Harry Potter and the Goblet of fire. The snitch from quidditch and the sword of Gryffindor. 
Cedric Diggory’s outfit from the tri-wizard tournament. 
Ron Weasley, Harry Potter and Hermione Granger’s school uniforms. 
Outfits from Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.
Newt Scamander’s outfit from Fantastic Beast and Where to Find Them.
Sirius Black’s prison outfit from Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. 
Aragog the spider.

Downstairs we were able to see the costumes from DC’s movie Justice League.

 

 

Superman.
Wonder Woman.
An amazon.
The Flash.
Batman.
Queen of the Amazon’s Hippolyta. 
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Next we got to drive through some sound stages and go in a couple. We were able to go in the soundstage for Lucifer but we were not able to take any pictures. I don’t watch the show but the apartment that Lucifer lives in in the show was incredible! We were able to go in there and it felt so extra and all out, it was incredible.

We also got to drive through an area where they made the props and we got to drive by the Friends soundstage and the Big Bang theory’s sounds stage. (Fun fact, Ellen owns three sound stages on the property for her show.)

Next we got to go to another building which had a super cool building which had a bunch of different Bat Mobiles.

The Jokers car.
Bat signal.
Batman’s weapons.
Batman’s weapons.

 

 

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Finally we our final and my favorite destination!!

We were able to go to Central Perk from friends are we got coffee and lunch!

You also got to take a picture on the Central Perk Set!

In the Gift Shop they sold a whole lot of different items. What I really liked was how they had statues of my favorite superheroes!

Stephen Amell as the, Oliver Queen aka the Green Arrow
Melissa Benoist as Kara Zor-El aka Supergirl.
Grant Gustin as Barry Allen aka The Flash.

The Warner Brothers studio tour was absolutely incredible. Being someone who hopes to get a degree in film studies I loved being there! I would definitely go back and if you’re ever in LA you have to go there!!

 

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The Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel | California 2018 Trip!

Hi everybody! I am back from vacation, and I can’t wait to write all about it. We were on vacation for a total of 10 ten days. We spent our first two nights in the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel which was absolutely incredible.

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History:

The Hollywood Roosevelt opened up in 1927. It is 12 stories and has 300 rooms and suites. The Roosevelt is the oldest continually operating hotel in Los Angeles. Many famous stars stayed there. Those stars included, Clark Gable, Montgomery Clift, and Marilyn Monroe, who spent two years of her life there. Her room is now a special suite that has the same mirror that she used to use. Some claim the ghosts of Clift and Monroe still haunt the hotel.

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The Roosevelt was absolutely stunning. We had breakfast there which was very tasty, and right after when he walked out of the hotel we were on the Walk of Fame! The restaurant there is 25 Degrees, they also have a Public Kitchen and Bar, and a Pool Cafe. They also had a club where some stars can be spotted today.

It was interesting to walk around the hotel and feel all the history. They had pictures of celebrities on different floors, and while it was remodeled you still felt like you had gone back in time.

The pool was really nice to relax in. I did take some videos of the hotel that I will be uploading later.

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In the room they had snacks and drinks. They had Coke, and Sprite. For those who can drink they also had alcoholic beverages like beer, vodka and more. They also had these cute mini alcohol bottles, which were quite fun to look at.

Although many people claim the hotel was haunted, I personally did not encounter any paranormal experiences. The ghost hunter in me did go to the floors where Monroe and Clift stayed and I got to see the outside of their rooms. It was nice to be able to feel and see the history.

The room was nice and spacious. I had to sleep on a roll in bed which felt pretty alright. They had cute themed shampoos and conditioners, and very comfortable bath robes.

It was really nice to be so close to so much. Madame Tussauds the wax museum was right across the street. The Chinese theater and the walk of fame were also right next to the hotel.

Overall, I loved the Hollywood Roosevelt hotel and would totally stay there again.

 

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Going On Vacation!!

Hi everyone! This is my last blog post until July 30th. On Wednesday the 18th I am leaving and getting on a plane to go to California! I’m so excited but I will be too busy to make any blog posts while traveling. I should have had some blog posts lined up to automatically post when I’m gone but I’ve been super busy with school and work.

During my trip we will be going to Los Angeles, Big Sur, Palm Springs, Anaheim and we will have so much fun. I will be taking lots of pictures and vlogging the whole experience. So if you don’t follow me and you want to hear more about my trip make sure to follow. Also follow my youtube channel since I’ll be posting all my vlogs there. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCwZiTFE46-8es29wmL8cUSQ? That’s my youtube channel if you want to subscribe!

Anyways thank you everyone for your patience. I hope you have a wonderful July. Comment below if you have anything from California I should see or write about!

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Generation isn’t an excuse

Okay so I’m here in the middle of a restaurant writing this post because I’m a little mad. Some people my age have great manners and others don’t. I know age is often used as an excuse for when a child is rude. “Oh they’re only 16 what do they know.” But age shouldn’t be an excuse.

I was sitting down on a bench and a family sat down next to me. But two girls in the family couldn’t sit because I was sitting there, so I got up. I told them I could sit there. They sat down and didn’t look at me, didn’t say thank you or anything.

“Well they’re only 16 you shouldn’t expect them to have manners like that.”

Well I’m 16 and I had manners like that. Their parents hopefully raised them to say please and thank you, they just figured not to use it I guess.

I’m making this post not to be like “Oh look at me I have manners.” It is to say to not use age as an excuse. When a teenagers is rude I’ve noticed people will use their age as an excuse. No don’t do that. Some of us have jobs, we are going out to college soon, we should know how to treat someone like a human being.

I do think being nice has gone out of style. A lot of teenagers think it’s cool to be rude, but it’s not. To other teenagers out there I promise you, you will be remembered better and longer if you’re nice to a stranger instead of rude.

Let’s spread a little kindness today.

 

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Writing Advice

Hi everyone! Happy Friday! Today I’m making this post actually to not give some writing advice but ask for some. If you read my other blog post you know that lately I’ve been struggling with focusing on one writing project.

I have the opposite of a writers block, I have too many ideas going through my head to focus on one story. Right now I’m working on two mysteries, a YA novel, a poetry book, and a children’s picture book.

I love writing but once I am working on one story for a while I then have an idea for another and I go work on that so it’s not forgotten forever!

To other writers, bloggers, and aspiring writers, what do you do when you can’t focus on one project?

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