Friday, December 30, 2011

Hollywood + Holidays

all pictures taken from my cousin's phone.
For the holidays, a few of my relatives came to LA for the first time in several years, and I was nervous about what to show them since they were from San Francisco, Chicago, and Boston; all amazing cities in their own right. But it turned out great, and we ended up bonding at some of LA's most touristy and surprisingly beautiful areas.
First, we hit up San Gabriel Valley for some of its best dim sum. Then, we swung by Hollywood Blvd to visit Grauman's theater and buy matching t-shirts so we could look like tourists together. Once we saw the Hollywood sign, we decided it had to be hiked. I thought it was a creative activity to do on Christmas day, but there was definitely more people than I expected. Still, we were all grateful for the 70°F weather and found the view gorgeous from all sides.
Since the hike was more easier than expected, we still had the energy to head over to Santa Monica beach and managed to catch the sunset, as well as several talented street performers. There was also a crowd at Santa Monica, and all the attractions were open, much to our delight.
Our last stop was at the trendy Class 302 since we wanted to see some snow on Christmas. It was cold by then, and we might have been shivering a bit, but it was oh so delicious.

I wish I had remembered to take pictures of our pretty tree with all the presents...guess it'll have to wait until next year ☺.

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