April 21st, 2015

The History of Venice BeachComments Off

If you truly love “all things” LA, then you’re probably on tap to watch anything and everything that has to do with the vibrant city. Following are some movie classics that were set in Los Angeles where a viewing through time will showcase the city’s evolution into the glamor, the glitz, and the decadence that is LA. Sunset Boulevard (1950) was directed and co-written by Billy Wilder and stars William Holden as an unsuccessful screenwriter and Gloria Swanson as a silent movie star whose star is fading. The film was nominated for eleven Academy Awards and won three. Valley of the Dolls (1967) was based on the 1966 novel of the same name written by Jacqueline Susann and stars Patty Duke, Sharon Tate, Lee Grant, and a small appearance by an uncredited Richard Dreyfuss. Two Minute Warning (1976) starred Charlton Heston, Beauu Bridges, Gena Rowlands, and Jack Klugman in this suspense and action film that was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Film Editing. The plot surrounds an unknown sniper who has positioned himself inside the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum prior to an event similar to the Super Bowl and the suspense surrounding his take down before melee ensues. Beverly Hills Cop (1984) is the movie that propelled Eddie Murphy to international stardom for his action-drama role as Detroit police officer Axel Foley who lands squarely in Beverly Hills to become an LA crook-catcher. The movie won the People’s Choice Award for favorite Motion Picture and was nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture and contains a soundtrack that won a Grammy Award for Best Album or Original Score Written for a Motion Picture and contains contributors such as Patti LaBelle, Satellite TV Lewisville, Glenn Frey, and the Pointer Sisters. The Big Lebowski (1998) is a cult classic starring Jeff Bridges as The Dude who gets caught squarely in a case of mistaken identity. Supported by John Goodman as The Dude’s friend Wallter Sobchak and also starring Steve Buscemi, Philip Symour Hoffman, Julianne Moore, John Turturro and Tara Reid, the film follows The Dude as he attempts a one-time criminal “job” with a high payoff while trying to manage the chaos around him.

Take a Drive to San BernardinoComments Off

People who are relocating to Los Angeles are often unaware of the fun activities that they can do in San Bernardino. Once you’ve found a place to live and have settled down in your new home, take a drive to San Bernardino and explore the Inland Empire.

Route 66 Rendezvous

Route 66 Rendezvous is an annual festival held on the streets of San Bernardino. Classic cars and street vendors fill the streets while people are allowed to sit back, relax and enjoy the (more…)

South to San DiegoComments Off

For many Angelenos a popular weekend getaway is south on I-5 to the beaches, theme parks, and proximity to Mexico that San Diego county has to offer. As you drive south, the city gives way to the manicured housing communities of Orange County, and finally wide open vistas of the ocean and mountains as you reach the Marine Corps base Camp Pendelton. San Diego county is full of unique communities, each with their own flavor and recreation activities. Carlsbad, Encinitas and Cardiff offer beautiful beaches, upscale shopping, (more…)

Head on Over to Catalina IslandComments Off

Catalina Island is located twenty miles south of Los Angeles, California and is a place for people of all ages to enjoy.

One of the many things to do on the water when visiting Catalina Island is to take a glass bottom boat tour. On a glass bottom boat tour you will be able to enjoy the beauty of the ocean and its inhabitants. People that are interested in taking a tour of the island have many options to consider. You can take an island tour by taxi and (more…)

Driving the Hollywood HillsComments Off

There are many fun and exciting things to see in the Hollywood Hills. The most interesting and famous attraction in the area is the world-renown Hollywood sign that overlooks Los Angeles. The sign is a symbol of the entire entertainment industry and is frequently visited by tourists from all over the world. The Hollywood Hills is also home to both Griffith Park and Runyon Canyon Park. Both of these parks are excellent destinations for people (more…)

Vintage Shopping in BurbankComments Off

Are you spending the day in Burbank? Are you looking for something to do besides chase the Hollywood high life? Vintage shopping is an excellent way for you to spend your time and find some amazing things in the process! Whatever it is you are looking for, you are sure to find it among the many vintage shops to choose from.

Great collections of vintage fashion are available here, and a lot of the Hollywood shows like (more…)

Have Fun on Melrose AvenueComments Off

California is a state that has many fun and exciting things to do. Los Angeles is known as an area that has many celebrities, great restaurants, shopping, and beautiful, pristine beaches. Melrose Avenue is one of the top areas to go to have fun in Los Angeles.

When looking to go shopping, Melrose Avenue is one of the top places to go. This famous strip has designer stores such as coach, prada, BCBG, and other top brands.Confused? Here ‘s a little help . Melrose avenue is also a great place to go if you are interested in spotting some (more…)

Living in LA – Some New Things to doComments Off

Anyone can visit Los Angeles, and many do. It’s one of the most visited cities in the US year after year for good reason! If you live here, though, you may get tired of the boring old tourist traps, so here are a few fresh suggestions for livening up your LA summer. Set your adt security system and get in the car – summer fun isn’t far away!
Venice Beach – Ditch the trendy Malibu scene and head down to the nitty gritty part of the beach. There’s plenty of people (more…)

Fun Day Trips from Los AngelesComments Off

Just because you are visiting Los Angeles doesn’t mean that you have to stay in Los Angeles. Here are a couple of great day trips that you are sure to love.

Catalina Island
A one hour boat trip takes you to the magical city of Avalon where you can eat, drink and play to your hearts desire. Take one of the many tours offered in the city, and snorkel with a wide variety of fish at Lovers Cove. Don’t forget to get some seafood at the (more…)

La Brea Tar PitsComments Off

When visiting LA you should definitely plan time to stop by the La Brea Tar Pits and Hancock Park which are considered a piece of urban Los Angeles that embraces prehistoric times simultaneously. Tar (or asphalt) has been seeping up from the ground in this area for tens of thousands of years and over the centuries many of the animals that came to drink the water that often covered the tar fell in, often to be preserved over time. Mammoths, dire wolves, short-faced bear and even the saber-toothed cat are some of the many fossils to be found in the pits; but only one human skeleton (that of a woman dating back to approximately 9000 BP) has been found to date. Along with the animal and human fossils are insect and (more…)