The Dream of Sitting on the Friends Couch and Eating at the Cheesecake Factory – Warner Bros Studio!

I have been a fan of the Big Bang Theory since it started out. I know there are a few haters who think it is a silly program, but I have always loved it! Which is why on our penultimate day in California, we started the day with a trip to Pasadena and the Cheesecake Factory! IMG_3833 IMG_3838I definitely did not finish that whole piece, but luckily Albert was more than happy to help! Our next stop was to somewhere we hadn’t initially thought of going to, but knew we couldn’t miss out on – Warner Brothers Studio! Home of Ellen De Generes, Friends, The Big Bang Theory and How I met you Mother, this was the tour to see! IMG_3857We saw various stages for different shows, as well as some movies such as My Fair Lady. There was also an exhibition devoted to Batman with all the costumes from the movies including Poison Ivy (flashback to Halloween!!) IMG_3887 IMG_3894 Unfortunately there were some stages we couldn’t take pictures on such as Pretty Little Liars and the Big Bang Theory, but we saw them! Believe me!
There was also a Harry Potter exhibition, similar to the studio in London, but there was also a Sorting Hat that would tell you your house. Albert got Griffindor but I got Hufflepuff 😦 IMG_3911 IMG_3912 However the biggest part of the tour, and most exciting part for me was seeing the Friends coffee shop. Having watched this show for years, and still being able to recite many episodes (much to Dads annoyance!) I was so excited to be able to sit on the Friend’s sofa! IMG_3943 IMG_3940 IMG_3951 This was probably the highlight of the trip for me, although Disneyland was also pretty amazing!! We saw so many different shows and also heard a lot about how sets are designed and props are chosen. We even got to see Hart of Dixie filming (another american TV show). Warner Bros Studio was very cool, and I think I enjoyed it more than Universal. IMG_4003 IMG_3989

Venice Beach:
Our next stop after Warner Brothers was down to Venice Beach. There are a lot of different beaches in Southern California, but Venice is probably the quirkiest. It reminded me  a little of Brighton with its various market stalls and shops, except Brighton would never be this hot! IMG_4036 IMG_4037 As well as seeing various street performers we also saw the basketball courts that is used in many TV shows like NCIS LA and the body building beach where Arnie started! IMG_4028 IMG_4092 This was our last day in California, and a perfect finish to our 8 day trip. We saw some amazing sights and managed to visit 3 states! Although we were exhausted by the time we got back to DC, and nearly missed our flight, we made it home in time for July 4th!
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