From a studio to a zoo
Of course, no touristy trip to LAX is complete without a studio tour and sucker that I am to strike out tourist attractions from my list, I went head and got my ticket last night for a Warner Brothers studio tour that I could get onto in the morning. I highly recommend getting there a good 45 minutes before your scheduled tour. I made it in just about enough time despite giving myself an hour to drive from the hotel by the airport to the parking location, which, as luck would have it, only when I am running out of time, was full and I had to head into the deck and then get into the building all of which took some time. And then there were long queues at the registration desk but luckily they gave priority to the upcoming tour and I managed to get on to my tour as arranged. They take you around in large golf carts with a guide to a group of about ten visitors. We got to see a few sets and learn a few terms before heading to some of the sound stages and also checking out the Batman exhibit they have which really was the highlight for me. The tour is a good two hours+ and they do stop for a refresh break in between but when you get back there is a Starbucks and a gelato place at the welcome area where the gift shop is located so that's a pit stop if you care for one. I really had no plan for what to do next but pulled out Google maps and saw the zoo was pretty close. And so that's where I scooted off to next - the LA Zoo. It was, yes, I know, hot as a broiler over out in the open that afternoon but seeing how much I love to make poor life choices, I went ahead and walked round the gargantuan zoo and tanned myself even more in the process. Nothing extraordinary if you've been to a few other zoos, and it really was too hot for some of these animals to even be out at that time. Thoroughly drained of what was left of my energy for the day, I drove back on to the hotel for dinner and a much deserved sleepy time.
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