Los Angeles, California. The city of celebrities, movie sets, tv shows, beaches, babes, and much, much more. It is a city filled with lots of people, lots of traffic, and lots of things to do. I have had the lovely opportunity of visiting this city many times, and I always find something new and exciting to do. On this particular occasion I was extremely tired, and really just wanted to go back to my hotel and sleep. When I arrived at the airport though, I got a burst of energy and decided to rent a zipcar and cruise the city (very slowly I might add, I mentioned the traffic right?).
Zipcar, for those of you who are not aware, is this awesome car service that allows you to rent a car by the hour and you can make your reservation seconds before you hop in the car. It is definitely convenient, but not always the most cost effective, but it includes free gas, free insurance, and free tolls, so for short rentals it is definitely the way to go!
This particular time I had the opportunity to rent a mini cooper. I have been in love with those tiny cars for a while now, but have not had a chance to drive one. When I saw it was an option to rent, although a little bit more expensive than the others, I jumped right on it (sometimes money can buy temporary happiness right??).
My main goal of this exploration was to see Marilyn Monroe’s grave. I have been a fan of her’s since I was a little kid. I think it began with my mom’s fascination and just grew from there. Her story is one of much sadness, loneliness, and longing, but the world knew her as a beautiful sex goddess who could do no wrong. Her life always intrigued me. Never having parents to go to, truly never finding love for herself, and never finding happiness in anyone she was with. Although many know her as the beautiful and famous model and movie star, she was pained and lonely, but despite that, created much success in her very short life. Her unhappiness was ultimately her downfall, and she died at a very young age from accidental suicide, but many have called it into question as being a murder. Although she has been gone for over 50 years, her presence still exists in pop culture, fashion, movies and many more avenues, so it is no shock that her grave is a very popular place for all generations to visit.
The cemetery is located in the middle of Downtown Los Angeles at the Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery. If you don’t know where it is, it can be super tricky to find as it is in between a few huge buildings in the area. If you’ve found the Westwood Village Library, you’re in the right place. Park your car and wander around it. The cemetery is right behind it.
The cemetery is still growing despite it’s very tiny radius. It is home to many famous celebrities, most from generations past, but it is still a very beautiful place to check out when in the area.
As I mentioned before, Monroe’s grave is still a very hot place to visit and for years people from all over the globe have come to see and kiss the tomb with their red lips and leave their love and mark on history. The tomb is pink which stands out from the surrounding white tombs. I was originally informed that the pink color was due to all the red lips that have come and gone over the years, but found out that was incorrect. The pink hue is due to a different stone placed on her tomb to replace the old one that was covered in red kisses. They will soon be putting up a sign that states, kissing, and vandalizing the tomb in any way is a federal offence. Whether or not it will stop the kisses, will be something to be seen. I personally see it as a beautiful gesture. Marilyn loved to be loved, and I think she would appreciate the kisses, but I can also see how it’s vandalism of a person’s final resting place.
The tomb I heard is always accompanied by roses, and on the particular day I went, that was the case. To me it was a very powerful moment being in the presence of it. I stood there for a long while and thought about the huge impact she’s had on the world and on so many generations. It was a moving place to be indeed.
After exploring the cemetery a little more, and viewing a few of the other famous headstones in the area. I jumped in my car and drove around LA. The cruising went very slow. I crawled up and down the famous Sunset Blvd and Hollywood Blvd, but because every hour is like rush hour there, before I knew it I had to turn back around and head to the hotel. I finished the evening with some yummy Animal Style In-n-Out Burger and called it a night.
This trip’s moral lesson is that some adventures may be shorter than others, but you should still appreciate the things and places you do get to see within them. Although the traffic impeded me from seeing more of the awesome city than I had originally planned, I was still super grateful to see the cemetery as it was always something I wanted to do. As I’ve mentioned before in previous posts, it is way important to be flexible in life and in traveling, and it is even more so important to be thankful and greatful for the things you do have and get to experience. Why dwell on what could have been when you can embrace the amazingness that is???
That’s all for today my lovely wanderlusters and adventurers. Until next time!
Love and hugs,
The World Wanderess