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I think there's a belief when people travel to LA that the city is teeming with celebrities and that you are sure to bump into one or two during your visit. I'm not celebrity crazy although I wouldn't complain should I spot Orlando Bloom or Viggo Mortensen (and I would like to personally thank Peter Jackson for casting them both in three epic 4 hour movies).
I have been to Los Angeles many times over the years and granted, I have not been searching for celebrities but until my October 2006 trip not once did I spot even a minor celebrity unless you count the taping of the Tonight Show we went to see. And even then it was only Doogie Howser (Neil Patrick Harris) and Motorhead.
Finally in October 2006, I was walking through the Grove shopping complex near the Farmers Market and I heard this familiar voice and I turned around to spot Jerry Stiller, best known as George Costanza's father on "Seinfeld" and his wife Anne Meara. About time!!!
In October 2007, I'm pretty sure I saw Paul Giamatti at the Farmer's Market but I was trying not to stare. In December 2010 I got to see part of "Extra" taping at the Grove, Mario Lopez is a celebrity still, I think...In October 2012, I saw Steve Carrell while out trick or treating with a friend's kids. But a visit to Bar Marmont, which I was sure was teeming with all kinds of celebrities? Not even a D lister!
Updated Nov 25, 2012
Many people expect to visit Disneyland while in Los Angeles, but don't realize that Disneyland is not in the city of Los Angeles nor even in the County of Los Angeles. Rather it is in the city of Anaheim--in Orange County.
Lots of L.A. hotels will offer a shuttle or bus to Disneyland, but if you're planning to get there on your own, don't expect to do it by public transportation very easily.
Unique Suggestions: If Disneyland is your only destination it would be better to check into a hotel in the city of Anaheim or even Buena Park. While in Anaheim, getting to Disneyland is very easy, with shuttle stops all over the place.
Updated Jan 2, 2012
Well the locals call the city walk something else, it rhymes with city and starts with an 's'. In any event, if you want to buy fast food quality food and all kinds of merchandise (junk) you don't need at high prices, then by all means shop away.
Unique Suggestions: Bring your own food. Don't buy any thing. Go to other shopping areas in the city, like the Venus Beach area and buy similar things there for a much lower price.
Written Feb 19, 2011
Having visited L.A. many times over the years, I had yet to visit what I envisioned to be charming, Old Pasadena.
I was so disappointed. There is basically 2 blocks of generic niceness and a lot of vagrant-like blocks of every thing else. The walk from Memorial Park to the fabled 'Pasadena Playhouse' was especially lackluster.
Plus, almost no specialty stores left save for a handful (check out my "Shopping" tips for these).
Unique Suggestions: Have Sunday Brunch along one of the major streets near Memorial Park.
Updated Nov 23, 2010
Pink's is a Los Angeles legend, with endless lines winding around the OK Corral.
I think it's a scam.
Whoever would wait in an hour-length line for a hot dog, gets what they deserve.
Frankly, it's just a very trendy thing to do...to get a Pink's dog...and then brag about it to all your friends, afterwards, and regale them with a tale of your wait and woe, and how, ultimately, it was worth it.
Oh really? Was it REALLY worth it?
Unique Suggestions: If you must...ugh...but, if you must, Pink's is open 24hrs, so swing by at say, four or five in the morning and you really won't have to wait in line.
Fun Alternatives: Here's an idea...go buy some hot dogs at the market
Written Aug 19, 2008
Olvera Street is basically a one-block-long swapmeet of Mexican-oriented junk. There are some historic buildings there, but you cannot see them because of all of the booths selling overpriced trinkets. If you want Mexican history, go to Mexico.
Updated Aug 3, 2008
tourist spot is important to destination vacation that is one of your purpose why you want to go their that's you need to research to the place that you want to go to avoid a unsatisfied tour or vacation now you need to make a list of the destination that you what to go it will make your tour much better and comfortable cause your are not worry that you will neglect something.
Unique Suggestions: just enjoy the place take your time. and don't for get your camera because its like you lose the trip if you forget your camera choose a unique destination for you to do your passion or what you want to do.
Fun Alternatives: When we talk about L.A the first thing that will enter are mind is Hollywood and staple center but there lot of place in L.A that you can spend your vacation here are the list of tourist spot in L.A
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Written Jul 14, 2008
It is just a mall. You can find malls in every city. Yet it is the most over billed, over hyped mall in the world. It just plain sucks, but don't tell that to most locals, for whatever reason too many people who live here think it's cool.
Unique Suggestions: If you have to do the tourist trap thing, try the Santa Monica Pier, even though that also sucks.
Updated Jul 7, 2007
Last time my parents came to visit we took a trip downtown to see some of the sights he knew as a kid. The Olvera Street he remembered from his youth far surpassed the one we found. Traditionally speaking, Olvera Street is known as the heart of the Mexican community in downtown Los Angeles, and although there is a plethora of Mexican culture in the area the actual street is nothing more than an alley with restaurants and street vendors. I am sure the food here is good, but the vendors hawk nothing more than silly little trinkets. I suppose it would be exciting for the kids, but unless you’re dining here, don’t expect to kill more than an hour here. If you must go combine it with a trip to Chinatown (within walking distance of each other) and get a taste of two cultures in one.
Updated Feb 16, 2007
The first time I went to LA I was 19 and to my surprise I could not enjoy the nightlife as the doormen did not let me in anywhere! In LA and in the US in general you have to be at least 21 to be allowed the entrance in bars, so do not forget your ID home or you'll miss the fun!
Written Aug 9, 2005
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