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Frank Lloyd Wright is perhaps America’s greatest architect, and we’re lucky that he left seven wonderful works of his art in Los Angeles. These include five homes, a shopping center in Beverly Hills, and a retreat center in the hills above Malibu. Several were built in the 1920s during a textile block phase that almost […]

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Some of our lucky guests got to be stars on their tour. Normally we just do Los Angeles tours and don’t act as talent agents, but this day turned out to be a bit different. Our guide Kevin was taking his group through Hollywood and pointing out the stage behind the Jimmy Kimmel Live show […]

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Here in Los Angeles we have so many incredible sights and things to do – Hollywood, Santa Monica, Beverly Hills, Disneyland, Universal Studios to name just a few – that some activities that would be a top priority in other cities get a little bit forgotten here. There are actually a lot of activities that […]

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I have lived in both San Francisco and Los Angeles in the 18+ years I’ve lived in California. There is a fairly one-sided rivalry between the two cities. People in San Francisco, or more completely the Bay Area, HATE Los Angeles and Southern California. To them it’s a barren cultural wasteland. Never mind the palm […]

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It’s actually been RAINING quite a bit over the last several days in Los Angeles. There are only 35 days with rain on average per year in L.A., so when it does rain we kinda like it. It’s not so great if you’re here on vacation, though — but never fear! There are still quite […]

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On our Los Angeles tours we are sometimes asked about good shopping locations where “real” Angelenos go to buy their shoes, jeans, shades, vintage, whatever. There are many great shopping areas around Hollywood, Beverly Hills, and Santa Monica, but probably the most “L.A.” would have to be Melrose Avenue. Melrose has a spectrum of shops […]

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Los Angeles has some of the most fabulous mansions in the entire world. The Platinum Triangle of Beverly Hills, Bel Air, and the Holmby Hills possess remarkable collection of estates, many exceeding 10,000 square feet and $10 million in value. The following five homes stand out even in this rarified air. All are larger than […]

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One of the things I love that comes out in our Los Angeles Tours is that there are so many different neighborhoods here. It’s long been a criticism of Los Angeles that there’s no center of the city here, no “there” to go to. Once you really see the real LA, however, through a local’s […]

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You’re here on your Los Angeles vacation and of course it will be about visiting the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Santa Monica, Beverly Hills, Disneyland and all the fun LA stuff. But you may want SOMETHING that gives the kids some learning to go with all that fun. Not to worry, there are several museums […]

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One of our favorite stops is the Los Angeles Farmers Market. We often have to explain that it’s not a farmers’ market like many are used to, with local farmers under temporary tents selling fruits and vegetables. It’s an LA institution with many mom and pop take away restaurants, shops, candy stores, and even celebrity […]

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