H&H

One of the most ridiculous and fascinating places in Hollywood has to be at the cross-section of Hollywood Boulevard and Highland Avenue.  Once you make your way through the obligatory traffic, you see the Rolling Stone Restaurant and a parking garage – $2.00 for a few hours, with validation (which is actually pretty decent; much better than street parking).  The main shopping area has a variety of stores and restaurants.  This is also where you can find the Kodak Theatre.  When you get to the street you are bombarded with people: in a hurry, in a costume (eg: Capt. Jack Sparrow, Catwoman, Superman, Hello Kitty, etc), on a tour, looking for a tour, looking for a directory, looking at merchandise, listening to rappers on the street, watching B-Boys, taking pictures (and possibly being charged for them).  If you can, look down for a second and notice that you are directly on the Walk of Fame!  Pink stars with gold lettering note the artist and their medium (acting, directing, television, radio, music, etc).  If you walk down the street to the right you’ll find yourself at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre (opened in 1922) complete with footprints, handprints, and even face-prints of celebrities including Marilyn Monroe, Cary Grant, Robert Downey Jr., and even the cast of Star Trek.  Across the street is the Roosevelt Hotel complete with a dark and eerie foyer and alleged ghost sightings.  The area has a variety of places to go and things to see – it’s definitely worth a visit.

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