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Hollywood Sign

Hollywood Sign: Hiking & History

August 8, 2022

The Hollywood Sign is such an iconic structure that it never needs an introduction or description to first-time visitors who are guests. They know it well, having seen it untold times in movies, TV shows and news pieces. They’ve almost certainly seen a picture of it many times too. Interestingly if you next ask them…

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Venice Los Angeles

Venice LA: Westside Meets Seaside

July 24, 2022

Since its founding 117 years ago this month Venice Los Angeles has always attracted visitors, both from the region and, later, world. Conceived as a Disneyland – before Disneyland existed or had even been conceived – it was a crucial developmental stage between the early amusement parks, like Coney Island, and the huge adventure parks…

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The Sunset Strip

The Sunset Strip: Los Angeles’ Playground

May 2, 2022

In 1890 Victor Ponet, a Belgian businessman and diplomat, bought 240 acres of the old Rancho La Brea. His new estate consisted mostly of poinsettia fields and was just west of a small village that was only just becoming known as Hollywood. Eventually Ponet had a six-hundred foot long dirt road cleared to connect the…

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Griffith Observatory, Griffith Park

A Day In Griffith Park: From Stars To The Stars

April 26, 2022

Visitors may not know Griffith Park by name, but you would struggle to find anyone in the world not familiar with its best-known landmark, the Hollywood Sign. Its 4,300-acres make it five times the size of Central Park in New York (it’s not a competition – but if it was, we’d win). On any given…

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Santa Monica

A Day In Santa Monica: LA’s Beach Resort

April 5, 2022

Santa Monica has long been considered the beach resort for Los Angeles. Now the city is practically part of LA, but until the 1950’s it was separated from its much larger neighbor by open farmland. Angelenos, and visitors, would come to Santa Monica to swim in the cool Pacific waters and frolic on the beach.…

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Charlie Chaplin, City Lights poster

Charles Chaplin’s Los Angeles Today

January 1, 2022

In the end, everything is a gag. Charles Chaplin Charles Spencer Chaplin, or “Charlie” for short, is one of the most influential figures from the early days of Hollywood and one of the entertainment industry’s first superstars, so he’s had a huge impact on the Los Angeles of today. Not only do his pioneering silent…

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Experience Culver City, California

A Day In Culver City: Movieland To Outlooks

October 27, 2021

Culver City isn’t by any means considered one of Los Angeles County’s best known cities. Sitting on the Westside, almost completely surrounded by the city of LA, at first it can look like it’s in-between a lot of other, much more interesting, places such as Santa Monica, Beverly Hills, Koreatown and even downtown. However, it…

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the black dahlia

Crime Seen: The Black Dahlia

May 16, 2021

The Black Dahlia is one of the most famous unsolved murder cases in criminal history and a subject for numerous documentaries, books, TV episodes and movies. Law enforcement agencies, criminal experts, on-camera presenters and amateur sleuths have all attempted to solve the case – all without success. Rather like the Jack the Ripper murders in…

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Los Angeles Layover

Los Angeles On A Layover

April 28, 2021

If you’re booking a flight and the chance presents itself to visit Los Angeles on a layover, or stopover, you probably aren’t going to refuse the opportunity, especially if you’ve never been here before. LA is a place that most people would like to visit, at least once, in their lives. And why not? Forgetting…

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Experience Hollywood

A Day In Hollywood: Myth & Reality

March 3, 2021

In 1923 when the Hollywood Sign was erected, the town below was home to what was by then already the fifth biggest industry in the US, moving pictures. The sign was a billboard, not for the film industry (which was at the time only just becoming known as “Hollywood”), but for the housing tract in the hills under the…

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