A glimpse of Los Angeles, Beverly Hills and Hollywood

I recently had the opportunity to travel to Los Angeles for business. One afternoon, I had a quick tour of LA, Beverly Hills and Hollywood to enjoy the stereotypes of a legendary city.

My personal tour only lasted a few hours but it gave me enough time to enjoy the highlights of a place that nobody can ignore. I recommend stopping for a few days if you have the chance.

The first thing that struck me upon arrival was the relaxed vibe, especially in Santa Monica. Piers, sand, sunshine, promenades and people from mixed backgrounds are all over the place.

Santa Monica
A quick view from Santa Monica

Beautiful Beverly Hills

That is nothing, though. The most beautiful part of this the region is Beverly Hills. It is as posh as what you have seen in a countless number of TV series and films. Palm trees, bright blue skies, flair, luxury and beautiful people mesh well.

Beverly Hills
Beverly Hills
Beverly Hills
Not unpleasant for a walk in the sun.

An amusing factor, when you visit California, is finding yourself in a nanny state. In addition to being very progressive, Californians also believe that you should see warnings about everything. Imagine my face when I saw that coffee could kill me.

coffee warning California
Um, sure.

Famous Hollywood

From Beverly Hills, I walked along Hollywood Boulevard to check out a city that is the beating heart of American cinema. Hollywood may not be the prettiest place on Earth, but it sure has glamour.

Visually, Sunset Strip is nothing special. The crowd is, however, everything you can expect from Hollywood. As I sat down at a café, two people were gossiping about their work in the music industry. The folks who walked around were diverse and unusually attractive. Do you have stereotypes in mind about Hollywood? Based on my afternoon there, they are all true.

Sunset Strip
Refreshments at Sunset Strip

A key visit en route to the Hollywood sign is, naturally, the Walk of Fame.

Walk of Fame
Please enter.

It would be bothersome to take pictures of all the stars, but here are a few of my favourites!

Woody Woodpecker
Woody Woodpecker, probably the most important.
Sylvester Stallone
Michael J. Fox
That guy entertained me greatly when I was a kid.
Donald Duck
That’s what I call a legend.

Of course, I stopped by the Hollywood sign. I had ask a policeman for accurate directions and hike to get the best view. If you like the following shot, thank the LAPD for its kindness.

Hollywood sign
Good thing that nobody was naked on that house’s balcony.

Just to prove that I was there…

selfie Hollywood



Michel Munger

I am an experienced communicator who worked in journalism for 15 years at La Presse, the TVA Group and Le Journal de Montréal. I spent a year at the United Nations in Germany and now am an internal communications editor at Deutsche Post DHL. I founded the Bayern Central blog in 2011 and ran it for seven years. Cyclist, beer and coffee snob.