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Griffith Park Observatory.

I came out of the cinema in tears watching La La Land! It’s such a lovely film. You really got the old Technicolor film feel from it, with just hints of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. So of course, I was in my element. If you haven’t seen it already, I strongly recommend it.

I really loved the amount Griffith Park Observatory featured in the film. In July 2016 I’d been there on my first ever big holiday. As soon as it came on the screen at the cinema I was overwhelmed with emotion, I loved it so much.

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The planetarium was breathtaking. It wasn’t just sitting in a chair watching an animation, it was actually a live show. One man narrated the entire thing perfectly.

Then onto the Leonard Nimoy exhibit, where a recording of Nimoy told you all about the history of Griffith Park and its founder, Griffith J. Griffith. The observatory had been restored in 2002 after being open for years 67, it had also been used to train pilots in world war two and again in the 60’s, we were also told how Griffith donated the land to LA to create Griffith park.

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I really enjoyed the 1930’s artdeco architecture! Everywhere you looked there was intricate detail, even above the Foucault pendulum.

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I saw how much I weighed on several planets, I had a couple of favourites. I also saw ‘The Big Picture’ the largest astronomically correct image built, and of course the Tesla Coil.

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It was also quite exciting to see one of the telescopes. I’ve always enjoyed looking up at the stars on a clear night, it never gets boring.

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If you haven’t already been to Griffith park, go and see it. I’ll be going again this year.

It’s romantic, educational, elegant, and now I want to dance in it!

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