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3:00 19 December 2014

Santa Flies in Beverly Hills

Santa and his 8 tiny reindeer flies in Beverly Hills

Our Private Tour Waves to Santa Who

Soars above Beverly Hills

Beverly Hills is one of the best decorated cities around when it comes to the winter holidays.  Despite there being no snow Santa Claus is still wearing his full winter outfit and his tiny reindeer are jacketed even in the balmy southern California sunshine.  Day or night the signs of Christmas are all around especially in the store windows along Rodeo Drive and throughout the Golden Triangle.  Join us for a private Los Angeles tour and let us take you around to see the decorations and enjoy the holiday spirit throughout the city and along the beaches.  Want more holiday magic?  Plan an after dark tour so we can visit the neighborhoods with the best holiday light shows and then Christmas Tree Lane in Altadena.

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3:00 18 December 2014

Take the Train to Los Angeles

The beautiful Union Station in downtown Los Angeles

Hollywood’s Favorite Train Station Can

Begin Our Private Tour

Union Station is seventy-five years old and still hustling passengers back and forth to their local as well as distant destinations every day.  As the largest train depot in the west it is likely the most seen by film lovers and television watchers as the Hollywood studios are regularly parking their trucks and caravans out front to film.  Need a train station?  Call Union Station.  And this station is really ready for its closeup.  It is beautiful inside and out.  Stucco, tile, wood and steel create a large space for waiting and dining.  The station’s significant architectural history bespeaks a “Los Angeles” style that gave the city a unique look in the 30s and 40s.  The last of the Harvey House restaurants built as part of a passenger depot was here, sadly unused today.  Many of our private Los Angeles tour guests arrive in L.A. by train and we can pick them up right here at the station and begin a custom luxury tour that can conclude at their hotel.  Besides enjoying the station we can walk them across the main road to look at Olvera Street, the historic birthplace of the great city of Los Angeles (El Pueblo de Nuestra Señora la Reina de los Ángeles de Porciúncula).  Adjacent to Olvera Street is Chinatown which was once located right where Union Station was constructed.

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Bob's Holiday Office Party is an irreverant look at business celebrations.

Miss Your Office Party?  See How We Do It in

Los Angeles Right after Your Private Tour

It is the last week of this show’s 19th season and a chance for regulars and curious theatergoers to enjoy an irreverent look at the traditional end of the year office holiday party.  This unforgettable collection of characters, many of whom you will know from your own life experience, will have your sides splitting and your lips spitting in uproarious laughter.  You will also recognize many of the actors from your favorite commercials and billboards and soon understand why these people do not want to work in an office.  It is all in good fun and the characters, the actors and the audience will feel the holiday spirit and leave the theater uplifted and energized, ready to take on Christmas no matter what happens.  They’ve already seen the worst.  If our private Los Angeles tour is too highbrow and informative for you then Bob’s Holiday Office Party is the way back to ground level (and below).

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New Years Day and the Rose Bowl always go together

Our Private Tour Guests Can Also

Enjoy a Stadium Tour

Pasadena gets the country’s attention on New Years Day for two reasons: the Tournament of Roses Parade in the morning and the Rose Bowl game in the afternoon.  Parade lovers and those able to awaken early on January 1st are treated to one of the most beloved and historic processions of floats, marching bands, animals and entertainers we ever get to enjoy.  What a way to begin a new year.  But that’s not all.  After lunch begins the contest for the best college football team.  This year begins the new BCS (Bowl Championship Series) tournament-style format to determine the best of the college teams in the U.S.  Those fortunate enough to get tickets to watch the game in this century old stadium that is the 11th largest in the U.S. and the rest of us watching on television will get to see the Oregon Ducks (ranked #3) versus the Florida State Seminoles (ranked #2).  We will be urging our private Los Angeles tour guests booking custom luxury sightseeing excursions with us to reserve their tickets immediately (we can help with that).  We will be happy to include Pasadena and the Rose Bowl Stadium on any tour we do including a look inside the stadium for a view of the field, press and luxury boxes and locker and training rooms.  The site of two past Olympics, four Superbowls and numerous other significant athletic events the Rose Bowl really is a gem in the Los Angeles area.

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Vintage photo of former Pasadena restaurant circa 1920s

A Place We Can’t Take our Private Tour Guests to

See in Los Angeles

It is not because we wouldn’t like to show them additional examples of what we have learned are called mimetic, vernacular or programmatic architecture (buildings designed to resemble objects related to the business) but the popularity of this style is mostly faded and the buildings are long gone.  The vintage photograph today shows the Mother Goose Pantry constructed on Colorado Boulevard in Pasadena.  The drive-in restaurant served hearty meals from the whimsical shoe that attracted patrons driving along Route 66 from the east coast to Los Angeles.  This was back in the 1920s.  We still have a couple of fine examples of strange and fanciful building design to examine on a private Los Angeles tour for our architecture and history-minded guests (Google nee Chiat-Day, Randy’s Donuts, the Witch’s House come right to mind).  If you really want to feel that you missed the best of times take a good look at the Mother Goose Pantry menu.

We miss the Mother Goose Pantry restaurant and prices

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3:00 12 December 2014

We Park Next to Our Helicopters

As we take off we can look down on our other aircraft

Our Home Heliport is Handy for a Los Angeles Tour

We have four locations readily available to us to begin a luxury helicopter tour of Los Angeles, usually in addition to a private custom ground tour in one of our street vehicles.  Our home base in Van Nuys is a regular takeoff location but we also can arrange to begin the flight in Burbank or Santa Monica.  Generally we suggest using the heliport closest to our guests’ hotel to minimize driving time.  For the most exciting flight, especially for first-timers in a helicopter, we can also leave from the roof of a downtown Los Angeles skyscraper.  With envious office workers peering out the windows of their neighboring windows at us our sleek French aircraft rises up off the roof and is immediately in a forest of tall buildings, the busy streets far below.  The view is spectacular and exhilarating.  Our return is even more exciting as we descend into the skyline to what seems like too small a patch of roof but then gently alight on the marker.  Our pilots are the best.  Here are some earlier postings you might want to read.

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A rainy walk along the Walk of Fame

Our Private Tour Guests Get Their Own Umbrellas

Rain gear is like a first aid kit in our Los Angeles tour vehicles – somewhere in the back but we haven’t seen it for a while.  Knowing that a storm is approaching we do take inventory and check the umbrellas and rain hats because a little wet weather is no reason not to enjoy the sights of Hollywood, Beverly Hills and Malibu.  Our big colorful umbrellas keep the drips off for the most part and, even better, the crowds will be lighter and we can have the whole sidewalk to ourselves and easily see one another.  Shiny, clean roadways and walkways make the city glisten in the daylight and absolutely sparkle after dark when the colored neon lights blink on.  While it mostly rains at night (ala Camelot) and generally softly with little or no wind an occasional storm can be dramatic and provide a good way to wash down the palm trees and clear out the storm drains.  This is all a part of Los Angeles life for us and we hope to share these occasional damp interludes with our private Los Angeles tour guests from time to time.  We can even take our guests up into the nearby San Gabriel Mountains in the winter when we have snow.

P.S.  Who is Richard Chamberlain?

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The Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills beckons

Stay at the Four Seasons Beverly Hills or

Just Celebrate Here – a Tour Guest Delight

Home to royalty, both Hollywood and international, the Four Seasons Beverly Hills is luxury befitting any of our private Los Angeles tour guests.  Whether we are meeting our guests here to begin a custom tour of Hollywood and Beverly Hills, maybe even visits to downtown and the beaches, or just dropping them off here after their tour to dine in resplendent luxury rubbing elbows with familiar famous faces, the Four Seasons is a special destination any time of the year.  As the winter holiday season approaches we remind our guests of the special Christmas day brunch and dinner hosted by Culina, the modern Italian restaurant in the hotel.  Culina will also prepare a New Year’s Eve dinner for guests wishing to meet 2015 at the Windows Lounge party near midnight.  With service fit for a king (and a king may be there, either monarch or hockey player) our guests always rave about their stay in this corner of Beverly Hills.  Plan your visit to Los Angeles over Christmas and stay at the Four Seasons Beverly Hills.  Remember to bring your swim suit!

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Muscle Beach "Weights of Fame"

Make MUSCLE BEACH a Destination on

Your Private Los Angeles Tour

Everyone on any Los Angeles tour that we do will likely get to see the Hollywood Walk of Fame and the Rockwalk.  Not everyone gives us a chance to show them the Muscle Beach Hall of Fame located along the Venice Beach Boardwalk.  Back in the early days of Venice when Abbott Kinney, its founder and principal architect, was admiring his efforts this area of the beach attracted body builders of the day in full body swimwear using  free weights.  Historic photos shows pyramids of strong men and other acrobatic formations in the sand.  Over time the area became a destination for nearly naked body sculptors from around the world including our former governor, Arnold Schwarzenegger.  Beginning in 2003 the best were inducted into the Muscle Beach Venice Bodybuilding Hall of Fame.  In 2007 plaques were embedded around the “weight pen” for visitors to admire while they watched the athletes work out.  Besides the governor most will recognize the names of Jack LaLanne, Lou Ferrigno and Mickey Hargitay (Mariska Hargitay‘s father).

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3:00 8 December 2014

Looking Down to a Malibu Windmill

Beautiful and notorious home in Malibu seen from our tour helicopter

Private Tour Sees Notorious

“Windmill” House in Malibu

Once the home of John Fairchild, an Englishman involved in art fraud and other assorted crimes of the rich, this distinctive windmill house stands out as we fly our private Los Angeles tour guests up from the Malibu beach over Ramirez Canyon heading back toward Hollywood.  There are many incredible homes here in Malibu that we fly over as well as in Pacific Palisades, Brentwood, Bel Air, Beverly Hills and Holmby Hills.  These are celebrity homes and the celebrated architectural works of renowned architects.  Our guides keep track of where movie stars and recording artists live and point out notable homes as we fly low and slow in our luxury helicopters.

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