Sunday, July 06, 2008

Walking L.A. #19 - Whitley Heights and Hollywood Boulevard

This walk was just on the other side of Highland Ave from the last walk. You can tell that Whitley Heights was once a very prestigious neighborhood by the many fancy Mediterranean style homes. Unfortunately the 101 Freeway was built right through it and now the residents have to put up with the noise.

It was really hot today and the many steep roads on this walk contributed to a lot of sweating. After walking through Whitley Heights we descended down Whitley Ave to Hollywood Blvd where we walked west to the Hollywood and Highland complex. The boulevard was full of the usual tourists. We had been here many times before so instead of sightseeing, we headed into a Build-a-Bear store to cool off. Yes, there is actually a store that is like a Subway Restaurant for teddy bears. You start with a naked bear and then pick its name, clothes, and accessories.

After the bear store, we stopped to watch some dancers rehearsing their moves at the Hollywood Pop Academy while we fed our baby. Finally, we grabbed some coffee at Starbucks and then headed back to Whitley Heights to end our walk.

The next walk is Lower Beachwood Canyon.

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