Back in January of 2017, we took a magical trip to the Hollywood Hills.
I say magical because we went to Harry Potter world at Universal Studios. There will be a blog post about that at a later date. For now, we are looking at the Hollywood Hills. Everyone knows the famous Hollywood sign. It was originally read Hollywoodland and was for a housing development in the 1920s. It also used to light up in sections, holly, wood, and land. I bet that was a site to see!
In 1932 a young actress climbed up the letter H and jumped to her death.
We stayed at Hollywood Historic Hotel, which was built in the 1920s. It still has a lot of the details of the 20s, which I always appreciate. The room we had was a little small, but that wasn’t really an issue for us. The bathroom was a little small, which was the bigger drawback than the room size. The walls were decorated with photos of old Hollywood and stars of days gone by. They added a nice touch. I am pretty sure the elevator is the original one so we only used that when we checked in and out. The stairs were much faster. We chose this one for the location and the uniqueness. I like to find hotels with a little bit of history and charm over the cookie cutter Hiltons and Holiday Inn types.
We drove up to Griffith Observatory on a Sunday, not realizing it was closed. Not a big deal, we walked around the observatory and enjoyed the views. I took a few photos and appreciated the architecture of the Observatory. I have plans to go back someday when it’s open because I enjoy astronomy.
I have been enamored with stars ever since I can remember.
In 1896, Griffith Griffith (what a name!) donated the land now known as Griffith park to the city as well as money with the stipulation that a planetarium, observatory, and hall be built to bring astronomy to the general public. Construction began in 1933 and was completed in 1935. The observatory closed for four years, starting in 2002, for renovations and expansion.