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The best of doggie day car at Chateau Marmutt

After a Doggie Los Angeles Tour This is

Where Your Pet Can Play

We have a well-deserved reputation as a luxury private tour service for visitors in Los Angeles.  What also makes our service the best is that we welcome dogs on our private Los Angeles tour, what we call our K-9 Tour.  We visit the usual sights and destinations of Hollywood (including the Chateau Marmont) and also make it a point to travel to locations that dogs will especially like….celebrity dog parks, hiking trails, public gardens.  We even keep track of the best restaurants that welcome dogs.  We love dogs, can’t you tell?  And when our guests ask about doggy day care services while they are visiting we are happy to recommend Chateau Marmutt, near Hollywood.  Day care, training, grooming, overnight stays, Chateau Marmutt offers everything a dog owner needs who looks for caring and professional service for their pet.  They even have pick-up and drop-off car service and offer field trips for pooches around Los Angeles.

A happy day at Chateau Marmutt

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Pampered pooch rides in Porsche

Here’s Looking at You, Private Tour People

This cool dog thinks his Porsche is swankier than our private Los Angeles tour vehicle as we ride through Beverly Hills on a recent Sunday afternoon.  Maybe he’s right.  He’s got a convertible.  But we seat six passengers in well-appointed luxury.  He goes faster but we maintain the speed limit.  We are both having a good time.  We have that in common.  It’s a nice day to drive around and look at the fancy gardens and the celebrity homes.  Maybe he’ll follow us into Hollywood to see Lassie’s and Rin-Tin-Tin’s stars on the Walk of Fame.  Why doesn’t Benji have a star?  Air Bud?  Asta?  Moose (played Eddie Crane on Frasier)?

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The Grand Canal in Venice Beach

Our Private Tour Guests Happy with the

Ducks Instead of Gondoliers

Venice Beach has a remarkable history and remains today one of the most interesting and enjoyable beach communities to visit along the roughly 1,000 miles of California coast (depending on how you measure, from 840 – 3,400 miles so let’s just agree on 1,000 miles for now).  Of course the Venice Boardwalk is fun with its boutiques, retail stalls, entertainers, wacky residents, excellent food vendors, Muscle Beach bodybuilders, paddle tennis players, skateboarders, artists, tattooers and tattooed and so much more.  The little town is so cute.  And then there are the canals.  Just a quarter of the canal system remains from the days of Abbott Kinney who envisioned this community at the turn of the last century as the ultimate Los Angeles playground.  He was right.  He’s still right.  Our pretty private Los Angeles tour guests are enjoying their walk along the Grand Canal.  Some day they will be here again under more romantic circumstances and without dad photobombing their picture.

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One Direction plays the Rose Bowl

The Boys are Back in Town –

One Direction Plays the Rose Bowl in Pasadena –

on Their Luxury Tour

Coming to an historic football stadium this Thursday, Friday and Saturday, British boy band One Direction (1D), still hot after being discovered in 2010 on Simon Cowell‘s X Factor television show, will fill the Rose Bowl Stadium in Pasadena with 60,000+ screaming fans and pop music lovers.  It is a busy weekend for the oldest of the great college football arenas.  And though she is old (games have been played here since 1902) she is looking very good these days after recent renovations and revitalizations made the stadium worthy of continuing as a home field for the UCLA Bruins, site of the annual New Year’s Day Tournament of Roses and periodically the host of the BCS Championship Game – the Superbowl of college football.  Accompanying 1D on this tour will be 5 Seconds of Summer (5SoS), an equally popular boy band from Australia.  Oh, the teenyboppers that will be populating Los Angeles this weekend.  It boggles the mind.  5SOS appeared on the Jimmy Kimmel show earlier this year.  We took the photograph below on a private Los Angeles tour in Hollywood of the young ladies waiting behind the studio to see the lads and proffer marriage proposals.

Young ladies waiting to see 5SoS outside the Jimmy Kimmel studio in Hollywood

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Always being funny, Mel wears an extra finger to his Chinese Theater ceremony

Mel Brooks Honored and

Our Private Tour Was There

Our crack staff pores over press releases and monitors Hollywood websites, always wanting to know what is happening, when and where.  We love to impress our private Los Angeles tour guests by stopping by special ceremonies and events during their custom luxury tour with us.  Who wouldn’t want photographs of Mel Brooks in their tour album at the end of the day?  This was Mel’s day, for sure.  Finally, on the 40th anniversary of YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN, Mel got to play in the wet cement and become a part of immortal Hollywood for all visitors to come who will visit the historic Grauman’s Chinese Theater forecourt.  And how important was it to Mr. Brooks?  He grew an extra finger for the occasion.  Jimmy Durante‘s nose, John Barrymore‘s facial profile, John Wayne‘s fist and now Mel Brook’s six-fingered hand will be there for everyone to think about and be thankful that he came along and entertained us for so long with so many great movies.

Mel Brooks' brand new handprints at Grauman's Chinese Theater

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3:00 9 September 2014

Yes, We Visited Beverly Hills

Anyone can see our private tour guests are in Beverly Hills

Our Private Tour Guests Are

All Smiles in Beverly Hills

There are some very lovely gardens and parks in Beverly Hills that we know please our Los Angeles tour guests visiting this tiny garden city so well known throughout the world.  This one near the Golden Triangle happens to announce its location and makes an excellent photo postcard for our guests after their tour.  That’s right, we provide our photographs of their tour to them immediately after the tour so that they can share their memories with family and friends envious of the good time they have had sightseeing through Hollywood and celebrity homes neighborhoods.

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An outpouring of sentiment at Joan River's Hollywood Walk of Fame star

A Touching Moment with Joan Rivers That

We Share with Our Private Tour Guests

This has been a sad time for Hollywood.  With the unexpected loss of both Robin Williams and Joan Rivers in such a short time we can hardly catch our breaths or wipe our eyes dry.  We are thankful that as guides to the Hollywood experience we can bring our private Los Angeles tour guests to the Hollywood Walk of Fame and stand at the stars’ stars to enjoy the mementos and messages left by fans.  Maybe leave a message of our own.  A closer look at the mementos on Joan Rivers' Walk of Fame starAs always the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce places a beautiful wreath above the star in the middle of the sidewalk and almost immediately candles, flowers and notes of all kind begin to appear.  As sweet as the ceremony is to welcome a new star to this honored tradition of recognizing their accomplishments in the entertainment industry, it is equally touching that so much respect is paid when they pass away.  A closeup of a message left on Joan Rivers' Walk of Fame starBoth Robin and Joan touched a huge population of nightclubers, movie goers and television watchers and everyone it seems has favorite jokes, quotes and memories of them that instantly bring a smile.  We will certainly miss them both.

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Statue of John Wayne in Beverly Hills in front of Hustler Building

Our Private Tour Guests Enter Beverly Hills

Watched by John Wayne

We make an entry into the City of Beverly Hills along Wilshire Boulevard from the east and immediately encounter the 21′ high bronze sculpture of John Wayne.  Atop a pedestal depicting a cattle drive The Duke keeps a keen eye on doings in front of the building.  Sculpted by Harry Andrew Jackson (nee Harry Shapiro, it’s Hollywood after all) the impressive artwork was commissioned by Great Western Bank for whom John Wayne was a long time spokesperson.  The building at the time housed and was named for that banking institution.  Time changes all things and the bank changed hands and then so did the building until now it is owned by Larry Flynt, publisher of Hustler Magazine.  There was once talk of moving the John Wayne statue south to Newport Beach, away from an association with Flynt and to the community where John Wayne spent his last years.  However, the statue remains and even with fewer and fewer visitors remembering John Wayne and his manly stuff the tall man on the high horse continues to be a magnificent greeting to Beverly Hills.

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3:00 4 September 2014

It Is the Hefmobile

Hugh Hefner's limo pulls out of the Playboy Mansion

Celebrity Car Sighting for Our Private Tour Guests

No guessing was involved this day as we encountered the “Hefmobile” leaving the Playboy Mansion1 HEF reads the license plate and the address is well known to us who pass through this part of Holmby Hills regularly to talk about the subdivision of the old Holmby ranch into estates that were occupied by movie stars and film industry luminaries from the past and are still today the showcase homes of Los Angeles.  The Playboy Mansion, Hugh Hefner‘s home since 1971, continues to host talked about celebrity parties and events.  We guide our private Los Angeles tour guests past the gates on the way to the Los Angeles Country Club and often fly over on a luxury helicopter tour of the city.  Holmby Hills is adjacent to Beverly Hills and Bel Air, all extravagant neighborhoods of large homes and impressive landscaping and wonderful areas for a celebrity homes tour.

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3:00 3 September 2014

Boneshaking Visit to Catalina Island

An old-fashioned "boneshaker" bicycle on Catalina Island

Our Private Tour Guests Marvel at Old Bicycle

We found out that once the mounting of this old “boneshaker” bicycle is accomplished riding along the boulevard is really quite fun.  Oh, dismounting needs to be learned, too.  Our private Los Angeles tour guests with us on Catalina Island were in for an educational treat when we encountered this bicycle enthusiast and his old-fashioned bicycle that was likely quite common on the island when this was a gambling and drinking destination for Los Angeles and the new Hollywood crowd during Prohibition.  The old Avalon Casino is still there (the building) so why wouldn’t some of the old transportation modalities still be around?  After a modern helicopter ride out to the island it was pleasant to look back in history at how we got around a mere 100 years ago.

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