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How To Guarantee Seeing A Celebrity In LA

May 14, 2024

Some people have become obsessed by a celebrity and it can be very unhealthy. The news is full of stories of stars who’ve been stalked by overly-fanatical fans so I’m definitely not condoning that kind of stuff in How to Guarantee Seeing a Celebrity in LA! The first thing to know about famous people (and…

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Hollywood Dream Factory

Hollywood: LA’s Dream Factory

April 30, 2024

This is the story of how a small farming town outside a mid-range American city became the most famous neighborhood in the entire world. Probably 95% of the world’s population know that there’s a place called Hollywood and that it’s in Los Angeles. How did that happen? Why did that happen? Even if you don’t consider yourself…

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Los Angeles Layover

Los Angeles On A Layover

April 9, 2024

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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musso & frank grill

Musso & Frank Grill: Hollywood Institution

March 25, 2024

Musso & Frank Grill opened in September 1919, 105 years ago later this year. In a town that changes so much, and is really almost unrecognizable to when Musso’s first opened, this Hollywood institution has somehow managed to remain the same. The menu and cocktails are exactly how you would want them to be, timeless…

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the black dahlia

Crime Seen: The Black Dahlia

January 8, 2024

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 London…

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The Sunset Strip

The Sunset Strip: LA’s Adult Playground

January 3, 2024

Victor Ponet, a Belgian businessman and diplomat, bought 240 acres of the old Rancho La Brea in 1890. His new estate consisted mostly of poinsettia fields and was a couple of miles west of a small village that was only just becoming known as Hollywood. Fourteen years later Ponet had a six-hundred foot long dirt…

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The Sunset Strip: True Crime & Ghost Tour

The Sunset Strip: True Crime & Ghost Tour

January 3, 2024

What do Lindsay Lohan, Bugsy Siegel and Charles Manson have in common? Sunset Boulevard. Find out if they have any other similarities on our true crime deep dive of the Strip. The Sunset Strip is one of the most famous streets in Los Angeles – and that’s saying something, bearing in mind that Hollywood Boulevard…

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Hollywood Sign

Hollywood Sign: Hiking & History

November 9, 2023

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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Legendary Los Angeles Latinos

Legendary Los Angeles Latinos

September 18, 2023

People from the Spanish-speaking countries of Central and South America have had an enormous impact on Los Angeles. Which isn’t at all surprising when you consider nearly fifty per cent of the population of Los Angeles today has a Hispanic background and that, therefore Los Angeles Latinos form the largest ethnic share of the population.…

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Historic preservation in Los Angeles began with the Richfield Tower

Historic Preservation in Los Angeles

July 3, 2023

Historic Preservation in Los Angeles is a much more important thing here than many people realize. Is it important enough, though? That’s another question. It’s such a relevant concern here because so much of the city’s ethos is about reinvention. LA has often been a city that erases, or tries to erase, its past, as…

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