Saturday, December 3, 2016

Fun Day at Madame Tussauds

We've been running around and hitting some great places during the last couple weeks of October. We are blessed to have family visit us , my sister and mom from Philippines. With my sister , who is only going to stay with us here for two weeks,we did some crazy but fun sight seeing and trips! We crammed as many places to see as we can. Of course , if you go see Southern California..you should not miss Hollywood.

Before I moved here to the United States ( some 15 years ago), I  dreamed about seeing Hollywood and was always in awe of all the celebrities!  Truth be told though, we live about 2 hrs away from Los Angeles /Hollywood area, traffic is not fun even though we went on a weekday. I suggest giving yourself a whole lot of extra time so you can enjoy more of what Hollywood has to offer.


 




It wasn't my first time in Hollywood but it never fails to entertain me.We parked over at Dolby Theater and my goodness, I love all the stores. Right off the bat in Hollywood blvd., I was already entertained with all the people who are dressed in costume. It is very close and similar to the character they are portraying.


 What better way to start the tour in Hollywood and some of  LA, than stopping for a fun tour at Madame Tussauds! 


We were greeted by these lovely, accommodating and friendly staff! 


As soon as you exit from the elevator, you will be greeted by Ryan Reynolds! Excuse us while we dream...


Hello....It's us ..Adelle.  Sorry...just had to say it.


Team Taylor it is! Granting she was wearing heels, still this girl is awesomely tall and slender. Each wax celebrity was accurately made including their height and physique.


I seriously got star strucked by Charlize Theron. Every freckle, mole , wrinkle and dimple are also meticulously and accurately made. Including any tattoos! Sculptors work very closely with the stars, so every measurement needs to be accurate!


It takes 330 pounds of clay to sculpt a standard figure. I love how you are able to touch them or pose with them.


As you can see my hubs did enjoy his photo opp...


We did too! It was such a fun day...


Meet Madame Marie Tussaud . Millions and millions of people have flocked through the doors of Madame Tussauds since they first opened over 200 years ago and it remains just as popular as it ever was.

Here's some historical timeline about Madame Tussauds: 

1761 Madame Tussaud is born Marie Grosholtz in Strasbourg.
1777 Marie models the famous author and philosopher, Francois Voltaire.
1780 Marie becomes art tutor to King Louis XVI’s sister and goes to live at the Royal Court in Versailles.
1789 On the eve of The French Revolution, Marie returns to Paris.
1793 Marie is imprisoned with her mother in the notorious Laforce Prison,Paris. On her release she is forced to prove her allegiance to the Revolution by making death masks of executed nobles and her former employers, the King and Queen.
1794 The French Revolution ends and Marie inherits Dr Philippe Curtius’ wax exhibition.
1795 Marie marries Fran├žois Tussaud.
1802 Madame Tussaud takes her exhibition on tour to the British Isles, leaving behind her husband. 1835 With her sons, Madame Tussaud establishes a base in London at ‘The Baker Street Bazaar.’ 1846 Punch Magazine coins the name Chamber Of Horrors for Madame Tussaud’s ‘Separate Room’, where gruesome relics of the French Revolution are displayed.
1850 Madame Tussaud dies.


1884 Marie’s grandsons move the attraction to its current site on Marylebone Road.
1925 The attraction is devastated by fire.
1928 Restoration is completed with the addition of a cinema and restaurant.
1940 Madame Tussauds is struck by a German World War II bomb destroying
352 head molds, and the cinema.
1972 The second European Madame Tussauds attraction opens in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
1999 The first American Madame Tussauds opens in Las Vegas.
2000 The second American Madame Tussauds attraction opens in New York, and the same year Madame Tussauds opens in Hong Kong.
2006 Madame Tussauds opens in Shanghai.
2007 The third American attraction opens in Washington DC.
2008 The third European site becomes Berlin, where the attraction opens in ‘Unter den Linden’.
2009 The fourth American site opens in Hollywood.
2010 Madame Tussauds Bangkok opens in December - the third attraction in Asia. 2011 Vienna (Austria) and Blackpool (UK) both open in April 2011 - the global count is now up to 12 attractions. 2011 Celebrating 250 Years!


Some fun facts:

It takes approximately  800 hours to make a standard figure.

to sculpt a figure             350 hours
mold a figure                   175 hours
insert hair and hair style  145 hours
make a pair of eyes          15 hours
make a set of teeth           30 hours
color a head                     50 hours
costume a figure              35 hours


If visiting Southern California is on your next travel list and if you have not been to Madame Tussauds yet, come and have fun with the wax figures! It was such a great experience and it will give you that dreamy feeling that one had come very close to a celebrity. 



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