Hollywood Forever Cementary
A full journal entry should really be posted here on my impressions from visiting Hollywood Forever Cementary, but here's a brief commentary:
What an absolutely fascinating stop in perhaps the most unflattering, mundane part of Hollywood. Along Santa Monica Blvd by shabby Little Armenia is a beautifully restored and artistic landscape of land dedicated to memorialize those who were both ordinary and Hollywood famous.
Some notables entombed and remembered otherwised include movie mogul Cecil B. De Mille, actress Jayne Mansfield, actor Rudolph Valentino and Loony Tunes' famed creator Mel Blanc, whose tombstone reads "That's All Folks", a rather appropriate or at least befitting last words.
If the idea of hanging out at a cementary creeps you out, still come for the mere artistry of the obelisk, mausoleum and other momentual structures. This is one fine place to have a stroll and take in the gorgeous views of flowers and the Clark Island pond (but look out for the pugnacious geese)! Pictures to come here soon!
If the grime of Hollywood starts getting to you and you need to refuel, this is a nice place to stop for lunch or dinner. It's in the heart of Hancock Park where visitors like to check out the impressive mansionettes along Rossmore and neighboring streets. Larchmont is an oasis of sorts- charmingly out of sorts w/its surroundings, more relaxed, subdued yet charming. It's right across from Paramount Studios so you'll often spot a celebrity lunching there. You've got you're pick of the usual dependable fare (Louise's Trattoria, Noah's Bagels,Koo Koo Roo etc) but you'll also find Cafe du Village w/really great french food, a swell little patio out back and best of all- no corkage fee when you bring your own wine (so far they've got no liquor license). Village Pizza is also dependable, Chan Darae rocks for Thai . Another plus: a great view of the Hollywood Sign.
Definitely off the beaten path. Silverlake is the up and coming neighborhood. A lot of young people in the film industry like to live here and the town reflects a funky, young culture. Be forewarned: this is not the kind of place for the traditional tourist , but if you're interested, have the time it's worth checking out. Loads of stuff to do, shopping, great eats- but you've got to have a car as it's sort of spread out (like all of LA right?), be ready to get a little confused too as the streets are in a crazy pattern. Lots of very hip bars/clubs like the Luck Bar, Spaceland and Tiki Ti . For great French food- don't miss Cafe Stella or Figaro Brasserie (w/very cool fin de siecle atmosphere). Catch a movie at the Vista Theatre- a wonderfully revamped palace- you've never had so much leg room!