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Lindsay is Probably Not on Santa’s NICE List 150 150 admin

Lindsay is Probably Not on Santa’s NICE List

Building-sized billboards abound in Los Angeles.  They are called “supergraphics” and are sometimes controversial.  But they get attention and that is their purpose.  We took this photograph during a private luxury tour of Hollywood as we passed by this Sunset Boulevard office structure.  The advertisement for the film was more interesting than the film itself,…

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Century City at Night 150 150 admin

Century City at Night

Sure, Paris is renowned as the City of Lights but we think Los Angeles challenges the French capital in every way.  This beautiful photograph of Century City (the Intercontinental Hotel is the ziggurat on the left, the Century Plaza is lit in red in the center, and Beverly Hills High School has a football game…

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Santa on the Rooftop in Bel Air 150 150 admin

Santa on the Rooftop in Bel Air

There was a time when Santa would rap his greetings here atop the Fresh Prince’s house in Bel Air but not so much these days.  Will Smith has moved on (and over toward Calabasas) and the new residents speak more conventional English.  Our private luxury tour guests always love seeing this very visible colonial mansion…

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Wolverine Gets His Star in Hollywood 150 150 admin

Wolverine Gets His Star in Hollywood

A heart throb and an action hero, a movie star and a Broadway champion — Hugh Jackman is multi-talented and everything a director could want in a production — stage or screen.  He already has his hand and shoeprints immortalized in the forecourt of Grauman’s Chinese Theater in Hollywood and now he is getting a…

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The Tallest Christmas Tree in Los Angeles 150 150 admin

The Tallest Christmas Tree in Los Angeles

While visiting Santa Claus during a private luxury tour at the Americana at Brand in Glendale, CA, just above Los Angeles’ downtown, our guide took this excellent photograph from upstairs in one of the mall’s stores.  At well over 100′ the tree competes in the skyline with the beautiful elevator tower for the mall’s parking…

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Thank You, Sherwin Williams 150 150 admin

Thank You, Sherwin Williams

All of us here at Elite Adventure Tours send a big warm hug and deeply felt thanks to the fine folks at Sherwin-Williams (yes, the paint company) for their contribution (hundreds and hundreds of gallons of exterior paint) to the repainting of the Hollywood Sign.  We also bow down to the Hollywood Sign Trust which…

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Rick Baker – Special Effects and Makeup Master – Gets Star 150 150 admin

Rick Baker – Special Effects and Makeup Master – Gets Star

We are not certain that any of Rick Baker‘s werewolf or other monster creations, even a gorilla in our midst, will be likely seen at the grand celebration of his years of extraordinary service to the film industry as a master of makeup and special effects.  This morning at 11:30 a.m. Rick receives his star…

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Spooky Lighthouse on Palos Verdes 150 150 admin

Spooky Lighthouse on Palos Verdes

This is a great view on a perfect warm and clear November day of the Point Vicente Lighthouse in Palos Verdes, CA, just north of the Terranea Resort and south of Marina del Rey.  The photographer, our tour guide Jeff who, incidentally, grew up in Palos Verdes, loves to tell his private luxury tour guests…

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Chado Tea Room – Downtown Los Angeles 150 150 admin

Chado Tea Room – Downtown Los Angeles

Chado, roughly translated, means “The Way of Tea.”  One of three Chado Tea Rooms in Los Angeles is located right next to the Japanese American National Museum located in Japan Town, part of downtown Los Angeles.  This wonderful restaurant offers an exquisite selection of teas any of which can be served as part of a…

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Thanksgiving at Loews Hotel in Santa Monica 150 150 admin

Thanksgiving at Loews Hotel in Santa Monica

While generally Thanksgiving is a holiday you want to spend with family and friends at home, sometimes a special holiday treat is traveling to a fun location and enjoying a quiet, “personal” holiday away from everyone.  If you happen to find yourself heading to the Los Angeles area, to southern California beaches, we can suggest…

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