Griffith Observatory, Scientology, Hollywood and other assorted Los Angeles sights

A round up of places I visited during my three days in Los Angeles not covered in my other posts, starting with the iconic Griffith Observatory, a beautiful building, with sweeping views across the city, if extremely busy.

Another interesting, if somewhat scarier, building in East Hollywood is the home of Scientology. If nothing else they have been good for some fascinating films including Going Clear, The Master and Louis Theroux’s My Scientology Movie.

Hollywood was pretty much as expected. Heaving with tourists and with little to occupy me for more than an hour. The main entertainment was seeing the Trump Walk of Fame star that has been defaced the previous week, easy to find right outside Hollywood / Highland Metro Station.

The adjacent shopping mall offered good view of the Hollywood sign, and some elephants on pedestals.

Close by was the iconic and incredibly busy TCL (Grauman’s) Chinese Theatre.

It was thankfully calmer and relatively interesting inside the Hollywood Museum, home to over 10,000 pieces of film and TV memorabilia.

Complete change of scene at the La Brea Tar Pit which contained the largest collection of Ice Age fossils ever found.

Finally few photos from the popular Santa Monica pier and beaches by it, heaving by the water, quiet behind, and of of skateboarders doing their thing further down the coast in Venice.

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