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    Beverly Center

    by marinarena Written Nov 18, 2004

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    Officially, the Bev Center is in (West) Los Angeles but I like to consider it Beverly Hills also. This is a better place for shopping if you make a modest living. Definitely it is cheap compared to Rodeo Drive, although there are plenty of high-end stores.

    People just love to shop here. I stil get a little excitement when I am in the area. The feeling is really hard to grasp why. Maybe I'm just a shopping junkie :-)

    This multiple level mall is a good spot for catching celebrities. On my last visit, I saw a TV star of the 80s, Mackensie Phillips who was on One Day at a Time. She was right by me eating with, presumeably, her mother.

    Fun Alternatives: If the Beverly Center is too much for you go across the street and shop the the Beverly Connection a lesser mall but nevertheless worth spending time.

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    by PA2AKgirl Written Jan 11, 2004

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    Taking a taxi is a mistake. They must think that people have no sense of direction because they take you the whole way around when you can just go straight through.

    Unique Suggestions: Tell the driver where you want to go and how to get there. Act like you know where you are going, otherwise, $40 later (when it should have been like $10 at the most) you're going to be really pissed off.

    Fun Alternatives: Subway system/bus is good! It's a lot like DC's Metro...clean like that, but they have transit authorities and cops come on to make sure you have your ticket. I think this could be arranged a little better--like NYC, Philly, DC...any other city, really...but it's still a much better alternative than cabs

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    Don't Think Just of China in Chinatown!

    by marinarena Written May 8, 2005

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    Tourists galore are here, yet there is much of a local feeling here as well, which is good to experience. There is of course a strong Chinese atmosphere here, but don't think that you will satisify your love of what's "Chinese". Go to China for this! What you see here is Chinese-American or oriental style American version!

    Unique Suggestions: Do take advanage of shopping (for some things) here. Buy bamboo and other plants and fashionable jewelry, clothes and shoe here of which their clones are often more expensive when buying them in the malls of suburbia. beware of the counterfeit items sold here- that is, if you prefer the authentic brands. Of course, I don't mind getting the Dooney Burke purse here for $30 instead of $300 one at Saks Department Store!

    People not just Chinese in Chinatown, California
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    Smog Rules Los Angeles

    by lmkluque Updated Jan 2, 2012

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    The Hollywood sign used to be like this most of the time! Too much smog to even see the Angeles Mountains and they are much bigger! In those days, breathing in the L.A. air could be hazardous to your health and the weather reports always included the air quality rating.

    In recent years there has been an effort to reverse this problem, not only for L.A but all of California. We have legislated many laws that has had the effect of clearing out the pollution. There are times that you'll see a bit of smog, but nothing like it was.

    Fun Alternatives: You might consider staying on the western side of L.A. near the coast. Santa Monica, Venice and Manhattan Beaches come to mind, as they at least have the advantage of the sea breeze to blow away most of the pollution. Getting to your prospective L.A. destinations will not be any more difficult from these areas and the beach experience is a big plus.

    Pollution at it's worst
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    Don't Get "Lost" in Hawaiian Gardens! (LA co)

    by marinarena Written Oct 11, 2006

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    (OK, do you get the "Lost" connection in the title? If you don't ,forget about it!)

    Well, here is a different kind of tourist trap- a place that gives a favorable impression but ends up being false or opposite. Hawaiian Gardens is not the California's version of Hawaii- like how LA's Koreatown is to Korea. In appreance, HG cannot be more further from the paradise of Hawaii. To sum up, HG is a little hell, and I do mean little, as she is the tiniest city of LA county with abour 14,000 residents.

    Legend says that the town was named after a drink served at a refreshment stands back in the 1920s. Hehe...some locals would joke that it was probably a cheap drink :-) I wouldn't do that, of course. Being somewhat within my vicinity throughout my life in California, I have been through HG enough to know that it is a dump of a place yet I will admire the humble side of it. You really should not stay here and be a bit more on guard at night here than in other places- that is, if you just happen to be in the area. Though, she has been not extremely dangerous, just know the higher tendencies of trouble here. Still, you may happen to come here if you like to...

    Unique Suggestions: ...gamble!!

    Go to the Hawaiian Gardens Casino to play card games (no slots!),The casino is at 11871 Carson St

    Fun Alternatives: Go and explore in the bordering city of Long Beach!!

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  • Don't give money 2 charity collectors

    by oznztofro Written Jun 20, 2010

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    We all arrive at the tom bradley terminal at LAX.

    Once you clear customs & find your way otuside the terminal there will be some tall african america guy. He will come up to you ask if you want directions.

    If you want direction & after he gives it to you. WALK AWAY

    He will pull pull out a tag & say hes from "Another Chance Outreach Ministry" & he will show your his note pad where he has money in all different currency

    DO NOT GIVE HIM A SINGLE DOLLAR If he starts harassing you. Call a police officer

    I gave him 45 cents in Australian Money. it means jack squat when they convert currency

    there will also be some guy at the top of departures from Hare Krishna trying to give you a book for donations

    Throw the book back at him & tell him to get lost otherwise yo will call the police

    Unique Suggestions: walk inside the terminal & ask someone working at a cafe for directions.

    or just look around & find where u need to go

    Fun Alternatives: Put your ipod on & blast music. ignore what is outside

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  • You will find heaps of people...

    by markeeta Written Aug 25, 2002

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    You will find heaps of people asking for money - sometimes for food, sometimes for some foundation that helps kids. My theory is don't donate money to anyone while you are away from home. Then you can't go wrong.

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    Getting money from an ATM....

    by mafootje Updated May 23, 2003

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    Getting money from an ATM. That's something that can cost you money. Depending on where you get it. I've seen ATM's that would charge up to 4 dollar if you'd use them. Just ad up the cost you're own bank will charge you for using an ATM outside the country.

    Unique Suggestions: If for some reason you really have to take many out of an ATM take a larger sum, because then the overal cost will be less.

    Fun Alternatives: You'd be smarter to go to a large shop like K-mart or something and use the cash-back option when buying sometime (for instance some chewing gum :-)). This is free of charge, the only thing you'd pay would be the charges of your own bank. That will save you money you can spend elsewhere.

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    Calling home from the US.....

    by mafootje Updated May 23, 2003

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    Calling home from the US.. There are a few ways to call from the US to your friend and family at home..You can put money in pay-phones, call from your hotel or use your mobile .

    Unique Suggestions: You can buy prepaid calling cards at shops, gas stations and newsstands.

    Fun Alternatives: We us a calling (credit) card it can be used from payphones, private phones and hotel phones (beware most hotels charge you for using their phone even when it's a free number). With this card you call a free number and then your card number after this you can call home at a much nicer rate you would get elsewhere. We currently use the Primus Telegroup card because we haven't been able to find a cheaper way, but if you know a better one please let us know...

    Picture taken summer 2001

    The card itself is free no annual fees you'll only pay when you use it

    Michel calling home

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    No fun under 21!

    by draguza Written Aug 9, 2005

    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!

    The law in the US

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    Not the best hotel

    by etfromnc Updated Jul 11, 2015

    I have been blessed to travel quite a bit in my days and have slept in tents, under the open sky, and in some rather sparse "hotels" but, especially considering its location, the NEW Ritz Milner is the worst accommodation experience that I can recall. DO NOT STAY THERE UNLESS THERE ARE NO OTHER ROOMS AVAILABLE.
    From the condition of the facility, I wonder if they could be sued for using the word "new" in their name. I was in Chicago last month and DEFINITELY DID NOT consider staying in a MILNER facility.
    Please see my tip on the New Ritz Milner Hotel under Lodging Tips and read some of the reviews on TravelAdvisor. It appears that I am not alone in my disapproval of this place.

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    Pink's Hot Dogs

    by gilescorey Written Aug 19, 2008

    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 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

    Baaa! said all the lil' sheep...
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    Take a PASS on PASadena

    by steedappeal Updated Nov 23, 2010

    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.

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  • We went to all the famous...

    by Grete Written Aug 24, 2002

    We went to all the famous places we had heard of and seen on tv and in the movies AND LOVED EVERY MINUTE OF IT !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    We really needed to do something really like that - superficial maybe ?
    Who cares - WE HAD FUN !!

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    Venice Beach

    by EdinburghRoc Written May 5, 2004

    Tat and other crap, gifts ect found here on the front of Venice Beach. Worth a look a walk on by but then go inland & see the cute houses on the canals.

    Unique Suggestions: See the CANALS !

    Fun Alternatives: The houses and canals are lovely.

    Beach front on Venice Beach
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