Hollywood

Hollywood is a place that needs no introduction, it’s a brand that sells itself to the world without even needing to try. Hollywood Boulevard is probably one of the best-known streets in the world and attracts millions of visitors every year. I won’t bother going into detail regarding what and where Hollywood is, aside from saying that it is a suburb of central Los Angeles and the central hub for most of the worlds media. I would suggest spending at least a full day, maybe two exploring Hollywood Boulevard and the surrounding suburbs. On the Boulevard itself you can find famous theatres such as the TCL Chinese Theatre, Dolby Theatre and Disney’s El Capitan Theatre amongst others. As well as these you will find the world-famous Walk of Fame, the strip in Hollywood featuring the stars of celebrities throughout Hollywoods history deemed worthy of recognition. In addition to these, you will find high-end wax museums, Ripleys Believe it or Not, Hard Rock Cafe and other great ways to spend a day. If you are looking to do some shopping, the Hollywood and Highland Center is the place to go, the mall features a three tory replica of the Babylon scene from DW Griffiths 1916 masterpiece Intolerance. Make sure to soak in the atmosphere of the  Boulevard and the people that you see and meet on this street. You will find everything from low budget spidermen and Elmos, to high-end Star Wars characters, from street artists who are selling their wares to struggling rappers trying to get their mixtape out there; not to mention doomsday protestors and Scientologists amongst others. If you leave the central area of Hollywood you will find the famous palm-lined roads throughout the surrounding suburbs. I suggest visiting the La Brea Tar Pits for a taste of something different. The tar pits have naturally existed in this location for centuries, the oldest material found in the pits dates back 38,000 years. If you enjoy archaeology, paleontology or just like mammoths and other animals from the glacial period then this is something you will enjoy. Additionally, if you are still interested in shopping then The Grove near La Brea, is the mall that you should visit. This is an extremely high-end shopping experience and features a fantastic outdoor food market. A key attraction of the area is Universal Studios which will be discussed further in another article. Overall, I think that at least once in a person’s lifetime, they should visit Hollywood and see where movie, film and music’s magic happens.

 

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Brisbane

Brisbane is the capital city of Queensland Australia. The city itself  the third largest in Australia with a population of roughly two and a half million. The city is one of my favourites on a personal level due to its pleasant climate, beautiful city center, cleanliness, safety and large variety of things to do. The city has a fantastic music and art scene and an excellent selection of different cuisines. The city has a  river running through its center, which is used as an additional form of transportation with the use of small water taxis. The riverfront area is one of the central social hubs of the city with cafes, bars, museums, markets, music venues and a man made beach and a ferris wheel built along its banks. The Queen Street area is another central hub, being the primary shopping, nightclub, restaurant area in the city and housing the Brisbane Casino and Queen St Mall.

http://www.mustdobrisbane.com/features/waterfront-dining-brisbane-bay

 

Street Art/Statues

Brisbane is full of street art and statues, depending which area of the city you are in will determine what theme the street art will have.

 

Live Music

Brisbane has an excellent live music scene, featuring countless local acts, as well as being visited by constant international acts. Ma Watt’s House of Music (formerly known as the Hifi) and the Tivoli are two of the cities most popular music venues and normally put on a fantastic show.

http://www.maxwatts.com.au/brisbane/

http://thetivoli.com.au/

 

Queensland Museum

Queensland Museum houses fantastic travelling exhibits, such as Dinosaur Discovery, as well as a fantastic local collection, featuring a large amount of native wildlife.

http://www.qm.qld.gov.au/