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The Year of the Snake Comes to Chinatown in Los Angeles 150 150 admin

The Year of the Snake Comes to Chinatown in Los Angeles

From Chinatown to Downtown — Los Angeles The lovely decorative arch separates Chinatown in Los Angeles from the Civic Center and City Hall.  We took the photograph above for our guests on a private Los Angeles tour sightseeing through downtown.  As we departed Chinatown we found ourselves in the area where Los Angeles was first…

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Marilyn Monroe Relives Her Handprints in Hollywood 150 150 admin

Marilyn Monroe Relives Her Handprints in Hollywood

This was such a fun and special private Hollywood tour with travel writer Brooke Saward recently visiting Los Angeles from Australia.  We found this special exhibit in front of the Hollywood Red Line station (our subway system).  On the left is Marilyn Monroe sculpted as she was photographed during her handprint ceremony in front of…

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To Protect and Serve – The Los Angeles Police Department 150 150 admin

To Protect and Serve – The Los Angeles Police Department

You have to have sense of humor to provide the kinds of private tours in Los Angeles that we do — every day!  As we are all equipped with a high quality digital SLR camera in order to photograph our guests on their custom luxury tour we also capture images that we encounter driving through…

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The Park Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles – Prime Film Location 150 150 admin

The Park Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles – Prime Film Location

The Park Plaza Hotel (1923) was originally designed for the B.P.O.E. but was soon sold and repurposed as a luxury hotel overlooking the elegant MacArthur Park just west of downtown Los Angeles off of Wilshire Boulevard.  Surviving the numerous business cycle ups and downs that led to the failure of so many businesses and the…

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Snow in Los Angeles circa 1949 150 150 admin

Snow in Los Angeles circa 1949

There was no talk of climate change in 1949 when the unusually cold weather greeted a precipitation front and, voila, snow in Los Angeles!  This archival photograph taken that winter shows downtown’s City Hall surrounded by ice and slush on the roadways.  Imagine the paralysis today if traffic was confronted with icy conditions.  Everyone knows…

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Dear Abby, Hollywood Misses You 150 150 admin

Dear Abby, Hollywood Misses You

In keeping with Hollywood Walk of Fame tradition, a memorial wreath has been erected on the sidewalk near Pauline Phillips‘ Dear Abby star.  Ms. Phillips passed away last week.  She wrote for the San Francisco Chronicle under the nom de plume Abigail van Buren.  Her twin sister, Eppie Lederer, was advice columnist Ann Landers writing for…

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All Hail the Hollywood and Highland Center 150 150 admin

All Hail the Hollywood and Highland Center

Paying homage to D. W. Griffith‘s 1916 silent film spectacle, INTOLERANCE, the great arch and columns in the courtyard of the Hollywood and Highland Center add drama to eating and shopping in the outdoor mall in the center of Hollywood.  In fact, the mall is built just a couple of miles away from the original…

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The Hollywood Sign All Shiny and New 150 150 admin

The Hollywood Sign All Shiny and New

Our last photograph to share from 2012 is one of the newly repainted Hollywood Sign ready to glow brightly as a Los Angeles landmark for the next 30 years or so.  Thanks again to Sherwin-Williams Paint Company for providing primer and paint and to the Hollywood Sign Trust for getting the job done.  Almost every…

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Blue, Green and Now Red at the Pacific Design Center 150 150 admin

Blue, Green and Now Red at the Pacific Design Center

West Hollywood really offers some wild new architecture.  The Pacific Design Center (PDC) has always been eyecatching with its blue and green geometrically shaped glass buildings and the fanciful and appropriate public art displayed throughout the property.  Now the red structure is complete and truly complements the existing structures.  Our private luxury sightseeing tours through…

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Ho, ho, ho … Who is that? 150 150 admin

Ho, ho, ho … Who is that?

So many of our private luxury tours are with families with small children that we make it a point to know places to go where the youngest will enjoy their experiences and have a good time sightseeing with us through Los Angeles, Hollywood and Beverly Hills.  We know where the good parks and playgrounds are,…

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