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Looking Down on the Chateau Marmont 150 150 admin

Looking Down on the Chateau Marmont

That is the distinctive Chateau Marmont Hotel on Sunset Boulevard in W. Hollywood in the center of this cool aerial photograph snapped on a recent helicopter tour of Los Angeles.  Originally opened in 1929 to be an elegant and distinctive Hollywood residence, business conditions during the depression forced the conversion of the building into a…

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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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Jimmy Kimmel Joins the Constellation of Stars on the Walk of Fame 150 150 admin

Jimmy Kimmel Joins the Constellation of Stars on the Walk of Fame

Do you think he will devise a gag to have guest celebrities polish his Hollywood Walk of Fame star right in front of his studio?  He could if he wanted to because this Friday, January 25th, Jimmy Kimmel will become the 2,489th star honored on Hollywood’s favorite sidewalk.  His star will be on the ground…

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Martin Luther King in Los Angeles 150 150 admin

Martin Luther King in Los Angeles

Throughtout the country today we should be reflecting on the profound influence Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. had on our society and culture and be thankful he arose when he did.  Besides being throughtful we should also be joyous and celebrate the memory of this great American.  Here in Los Angeles we have daily reminders…

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Luxury Santa Monica Hotel Overlooking the Bay 150 150 admin

Luxury Santa Monica Hotel Overlooking the Bay

Pulling into the driveway of the Fairmont Miramar Hotel in Santa Monica, California, high atop the palisades overlooking the bay, just takes our breath away.  We pass under the giant Moreton Bay Fig tree that has been shading the hotel entrance for more than 100 years to pick up our private custom tour guests who…

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Empty Highways in Los Angeles? Really? 150 150 admin

Empty Highways in Los Angeles? Really?

Another blast from the past from a historic Los Angeles photos fan.  This postcard of the Hollywood Freeway looking toward downtown Los Angeles (that tall building is City Hall ala Dragnet — dumm da dum dummm) is circa 1950, a time when cars were large and smoky and the freeways flowed even in the middle…

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The Beautiful Bradbury Building — Downtown Los Angeles 150 150 admin

The Beautiful Bradbury Building — Downtown Los Angeles

Most film buffs will remember seeing the interior of the Bradbury Building in downtown Los Angeles as a ruined, loudly dripping background in Ridley Scott’s Bladerunner.  Happily, since then the building has been beautifully restored and is a breathtaking example of the architectural renaissance that downtown Los Angeles is experiencing.  Still used in countless films,…

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Liebe Geht durch den Magen 150 150 admin

Liebe Geht durch den Magen

Love Goes through the Stomach (old German proverb) No one at Elite Adventure Tours would ever pass up an opportunity to explore a new restaurant.  While not all foodies per se we love eating out and even more we love sharing our experiences with our guests during private luxury tours through Los Angeles.  We are…

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Putting on the Ritz at the Marina 150 150 admin

Putting on the Ritz at the Marina

Like a matching set, the downtown Ritz-Carlton is paired with its ever-so-classy sister resort located about 14 miles away on the water in Marina del Rey.  Near both Los Angeles International Airport and the Santa Monica airport (where we can land our helicopters for private luxury tours of the airborne variety), the resort is also…

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