Jennifer goes to Los Angeles

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Me with an Academy Award

A couple of weeks ago, I told you about my visit to Disneyland. After a couple of days at Disneyland, my husband and I hit the road again. Our next stop was Los Angeles.

Los Angeles was fun. In planning our trip, we scheduled a couple of studio tours. We went to Sony Pictures and Warner Bros. Sony is smaller than Warner Bros., but I would recommend doing both tours if you have the time. If you are fans of Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy, they are taped at Sony. Wheel of Fortune wasn’t filming at the time, so they took us onto the set. Jeopardy was filming and my husband and I were lucky enough to get into the audience at the last minute.

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Sony Pictures

At Warner Bros., we were able to walk on the set of The Goldbergs and sit on the couch used in the scenes filmed at the Central Perk on Friends. Those were the highlights for me at Warner Bros. I love both of those shows. We had lots of fans of Pretty Little Liars on our tour and, after seeing where it’s filmed and hearing the rave reviews, I’ve decided I’m going to have to watch it. dsc03643

We also toured Dolby Theater, which is where the Academy Awards take place, and we went to the El Capitan Theater, which is Disney’s theater. Disney premieres their movies at that theater.

Of course, we saw the Hollywood sign, walked the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and TCL Chinese Theatre (formerly Grauman’s Chinese Theater). I had fun comparing my hands and feet to those of some of my favorite actresses. We also went to the La Brea Tar Pits where many fossils from the Ice Age have been excavated.dsc03190

Because we are amusement park people, we went to Universal Studios. It is much smaller than Universal Orlando, but I enjoyed it more. The rides were great, but the best part was the studio tour, which is included with the admission to the park. It is a huge tour because its part of the amusement park, but it’s still worth doing. They film a lot of current TV shows there, such as The Good Place.

One evening, we drove to Santa Monica Pier to watch the sunset. The pier is a popular place to watch the sunset and gets quite crowded. But if you’re looking to add a little romance to your trip, it’s worth the drive.

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Sunset at Santa Monica Pier

 

Have you been to Los Angeles? What was your favorite thing to do?

 

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Jennifer goes to Warner Bros. Studios and Chester

The Great Hall at Hogwarts

The Great Hall at Hogwarts

One of the highlights of my trip to the British Isles was my stop at Warner Bros. Studios where I did the studio tour and walked through two soundstages full of Harry Potter sets and props. As a Harry Potter fan, I enjoyed seeing the Great Hall and Diagon Alley. I also saw how they filmed the flying broom scenes, but I won’t give away any of the magic, and tried Butterbeer, which surprisingly is gluten-free. If you like a lot of sugar, then you’ll love Butterbeer. For me, it was cool to try, but not something I’d drink again.

Harry Potter's room at Hogwarts

Harry Potter’s room at Hogwarts

Dumbledore's Office

Dumbledore’s Office

Hogwarts

Hogwarts

The Harry Potter Tour was my last day in London. I took the British Rail to Chester the following day. Like Bath, Chester is a wonderful walking city. I only spent one day in Chester and it just happened to be on the day that they were having horse races, which, of course, I had to see.

St. John the Baptist

St. John the Baptist

Chester also is full of history. St. John the Baptist, which was Chester’s first cathedral, was destroyed by Henry VIII during the Reformation. Parts of it were later rebuilt by Queen Elizabeth I. Additionally, Chester has the oldest Roman Amphitheater in Great Britain and the city walls built by the Romans still remain. I saw a lot of the city just by walking the walls.

The Roman Amphitheater

The Roman Amphitheater

The River Dee

The River Dee

City Wall in Chester

City Wall in Chester

If you’ve done the Harry Potter Studio tour, what was your favorite part? If you haven’t done it, what would you like to see?

Next week, I head to Dublin.

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