Blogs from Downtown, Los Angeles, California, United States, North America - page 2


Many travelers around the world have Los Angeles on their short list of places to visit mainly due to the romance of the movies, endless sunny days and surfer dudes hitting the beaches. Los Angeles California is a small city of 4 million people, however the metro area is said to have more the 19 million inhabitants, which makes it the 2ndlargest U.S. city. A stream of entertainment must be available to keep all of these people busy. Having been here only a few short months causes one to try and get a good feel of what LA has to offer turns out to be quite a large city….especially area-wise. There in lied the struggle on whether or not to publish a blog about the museums and places we’ve visited as it is hard to describe ... read more
Hollywood Sign
Downtown LA
LA Baby

North America » United States » California » Los Angeles » Downtown August 9th 2016

We woke-up this morning still absolutely certain that we could not face the freeways again for another day, so today we planned to get to the Downtown area by the Metro Rail. Why not? We've done the Tube in London and the Subway in New York so we know how these things work. As we eventually managed to work out in New York, we first needed to buy a 'Tap Card' and then charge it with credit. No problem there. To get to Downtown, we had to take the Green Line to Willowbrook / Rosa Parks and then change to the Blue Line. Also, no problem there. The Green Line was actually quite nice. Then we got on the Blue Line. After Redondo Beach, Hollywood and La Crescenta, the Blue Line was a great way to ... read more
Downtown LA View
Interactive Experience
Liquid Shard

North America » United States » California » Los Angeles » Downtown January 21st 2015

Wednesday, 21st January 2015 My brief visit in LA allowed me some time to see the sights in the Downtown District. After my grab & go breakfast at the hotel, I took the red Metro to LA City Hall where free views of the city could be had from the top. This was one of the rare sights in the city where admission fees were waived. The gorgeous City Hall building was itself an attraction. Standing tall against the rest of the structures, this was a visit not to be missed. I didn't have much difficulty clearing the security. As soon as I produced my Singapore's passport, the officers did not give me a hard-time. Getting to the top involved passing through the grand Tom Bradley Room. Once I was up there, the 360 degrees views ... read more
The City Hall Building
Market Place
Angel's Flight

Well, I mean living large in L.A. for a pittance, if you are as poor as a church mouse by Bel Air standards, yet saved a few pennies. I didn't know what to expect from Los Angeles, California in my first visit. I was in no rush to see California. I am not a fan of car culture, I'm not good at small talk, nor am I that obsessed with my looks (my friends may argue that particular point) nor do I care for material things in general. Somehow Los Angeles wasn't an imperative, like Prague or Amsterdam. I certainly wasn't prepared for it by watching TV shows and movies filmed there. I didn't even recognize the Baywatch set in Malibu. My hotel, JW Marriott L.A. Live, showed promise, a gentrified patch, rising from the rubble ... read more
Dolby Theater
Hollywood Blvd.
Walk of Fame

North America » United States » California » Los Angeles » Downtown December 31st 2013

The pep rally was held at the LA Livearea and a ton of people showed up for it. So much so that we were so far away we really couldn't hear what was being said by people like Mark Hollis, Coach Mark Dantonio, Kirk Cousins, and later Lou Anna Simon. However, we saw several MSU celebrities up close within the Hyatt right next to the LA Live area such as : Ron Mason, George Perles, Lorenzo White, Javon Ringer. That was great as my mom got pictures taken with both Javon Ringer and Lorenzo White, and I got a quick word in with Lorenzo before getting a picture taken with him. Lorenzo and I graduated from Michigan State in the same year, 1988. Oh, and Lorenzo and I were both in the Rose Bowl on 1 ... read more
Mom and I
Pete and Eric
Two White Haired Guys

The day after Thais and her family had left, I caught a plane to Los Angeles because I was going to attend the Third World Congress on Positive Psychology. Preparing for it had been a challenge. Originally, my intention had been to have my two posters and one elevator pitch type presentation ready before going to Finland, but due to loads of other work to do, I had not managed to finish even one of them. So I needed to do it all while Thais was there, which was very unfortunate, but finally I had everything ready. Just on time, I went to have my posters printed at 4 p.m. the day before my flight to the US… The journey to Los Angeles via Munich went smoothly, and I arrived in the hotel on Wednesday evening. ... read more
The hotel pool
Katha & one of her posters
Skyline of Bunker Hill

After getting to sleep on Sunday night at 2am, we were awake again at 4am to leave for Heathrow. Although it was expected to be an 11 hour flight, we arrived in LA 30 minutes ahead of schedule. Those 30 minutes were soon swallowed up by the US immigration queues and the hertz car hire. It took 2 hours for hertz to find us a car, although by the number of unhappy people in their LA office, I will say we got away quite well. The hotel is very nice and is located in the downtown district of LA. On arrival we did some exploring and grabbed a bite to eat in an outdoor restaurant (the weather is lovely). We will be taking a hop on and hop off bus tour around the famous Hollywood areas ... read more

Welcome to our USA road trip blog! There is currently just less than 12 hours to go before our flight to Los Angeles to begin our holiday. On arrival we will collect our hire car and then will begin our ~2500mile journey. One of the highlights is likely to be the helicopter flight over the Grand Canyon; however I don't really like heights and so it'll make for an interesting experience. Having said that, it may be safer than Nicky driving on the wrong side of the road. Gulp! Below is our itinerary: 3-5 June - Los Angeles - 2 nights at 'Omni Los Angeles' 5-6 June - Santa Barbara - 1 night at 'Best Western Plus Pepper Tree Inn' 6-7 June - Monterey - 1 night at 'Best Western Plus Beach Resort Monterey' 7-10 June ... read more

DAMN! Those girls look deah-d. We had a rough sleep. Got woken up at 4am from a fire alarm, but it seemed we were the only ones concerned. No fire though. Room service woke us up at 11, starting to feel the jet lag at this point. We stopped off at our favorite (cos thats how americas spell it) cafe LA for an awesome breakfast. We felt like egg. After both agreeing to go to Hollywood, we set off without a clue how to get there. We walked to the metro station and took the Red line to Hollywood. It was pretty straight forward actually. We got off and walked down Hlywd Blvd a fair bit, by passing the hollywood sign which was cool. Along the way we got asked about 28 times if we wanted ... read more

Bula! It's been a LONG day. After an emotional goodbye and an aggresive frisk search, we boarded our $600 Air pacific flight. We were greeted by the lovely Fijian crew who say 'bula' which means welcome. we think… The plane was hot. we were sweaty and agitated and ontop of that, there was no window on our row. Our on-flight entertainment was down and our screens didn't work. But we made it to Nadi in one piece. During our 3 hour stopover, Josie started her usual whining about being hungry. And Jana started her usual racist whining about how she doesn't like Indian…food. We ate, we drank, we watched some Dexter and Supernatural on our laptops then hopped back on the same plane and sweated 10 times more. Fiji's very hot, who'da thought. I sat next ... read more

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