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Peter O’Toole Will Always Be There for Our Private Tours
“I’m not an actor, I’m a movie star!” is a hilarious quote from Peter O’Toole’s perfect performance as Alan Swann in My Favorite Year. We, however, beg to differ as we show our custom Hollywood tour guests his hand and foot prints in the Chinese Theatre forecourt. This lanky gentleman from over the pond created so many differing and memorable characters in so many highly acclaimed and beloved films over the years that he was more an actor than most working in front of the Hollywood lens. We are among those who feel he was slighted for never having received a Best Actor Oscar for his eight nominations. Just bad timing to be nominated in years of so many worthy performances. On our next private tour to San Diego we will be showing The Stunt Man to our guests on the built-in 23″-LED monitor in our luxury van. Peter O’Toole dominates that film shot at the Hotel Del Coronado, a must-see San Diego destination.
Some Stars Our Private Tour Sees Are Animals
There is a giant parkland (Griffith Park) and undeveloped mountain sides adjacent to Hollywood so it really is no wonder that wildlife flourishes close by the movie cameras. This coyote is a good example and a great photograph for our tour guests who found themselves so close to this very healthy looking animal up near the Hollywood Sign. But not for long. After posing for closeups and satisfying her curiosity about us she was away on coyote business down the hill.
Two Reasons to Tour Pasadena this Holiday
The historic Rose Bowl Stadium is prepared to host the 100th Rose Bowl Game with its brand new look and amenities. All the construction with its attendant noise and dust will be have been worth it as the Stanford Cardinal and the Michigan State Spartans vie for the Rose Queen’s favor the afternoon of the first day of 2014. Stanford is back for a second year in a row representing the Pac-12. This will be the Spartans’ fifth appearance in the New Year’s Rose Bowl contest. Interestingly, Stanford played in the first game ever at the Rose Bowl back in 1902, though the Rose Bowl then was hardly a shadow of the stadium today. And we think of the Rose Bowl Game as the Grandmother of all bowl games. Our private Los Angeles tour guests get a good look at the stadium when they are interested in visiting Pasadena.
If that is not enough, the BCS (Bowl Championship Series) will pit the Auburn Tigers against the Florida State Seminoles on Monday, January 6th. This will be the final BCS game played with this format for choosing the competitors (through an obscure point system and polls). Next year begins a more traditional playoff system for the college teams.
Tickets to the stadium for both games are still available (though probably not for long). However, seats will be available in bars, restaurants, lobbies and living rooms everywhere to watch the contests live on television.
Our Tour to the Golden Triangle Lands at the Montage
New hotels do not come often to Beverly Hills, in particular into that precious region of the tiny city known as the Golden Triangle. Yet recently there appeared a city sister to Laguna Beach’s spa hotel right off of the main street of Los Angeles. The Montage Beverly Hills. With 200+ rooms and suites, some residences, a beautiful promenade and plaza, fine dining and the 5-star VIP customer service expected of a luxury hotel in Beverly Hills, what gets talked about most is Spa Montage, the 2-story nirvana of personal well being. Just walking around the hotel and extolling its wonders leads our private Los Angeles tour guests to thinking about these hospitable accommodations on their next visit.
Our Los Angeles Tour Guests Will See a Star Today
Today at 11:30 a.m. in front of that historic Hollywood steak and martini palace, Musso and Frank Grill, writer/director/actor Paul Mazursky will be honored with the 2,515 star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. This director wrote and directed such classics as Bob and Carol and Ted and Alice (1969), Harry and Tonto (1974), An Unmarried Woman (1978) and Down and Out in Beverly Hills (1986). His quirky, character-driven films garnered consider critical acclaim and drew film viewers into the world of independent features. A friend and fan of Paul’s is Mel Brooks who will speak at today’s ceremony. Remember, if you can’t be there like our private Hollywood tour guests will you can watch the ceremony live on the Walk of Fame website.
The Hollywood Walk of Fame is a Los Angeles Tour Delight
Every private custom tour guest we spend time with wants to see the Hollywood Walk of Fame maybe even more so than the Hollywood Sign or Grauman’s Chinese Theatre or any of the movie studios or other fabulous locations that we visit on our sightseeing excursions. The Walk of Fame ranks at the top of tour requests. Not only do we expect to bring all our visitors here but we keep an eye on the ceremony schedule to time our visit with the celebration of a new star welcomed to this pantheon of Hollywood’s greatest entertainers. The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, just to the right in the photograph above, is responsible for maintaining the world famous sidewalk, all 18 blocks and currently 2,514 stars. Another star will be honored this Friday and we will be there.
Winter Weather is Fine for an Outdoor Christmas Tour in Los Angeles
The Americana at Brand in Glendale, just north of downtown Los Angeles, is lit up and ready for the holidays. Adults love the shopping, children love the lights and Santa Claus, and the puppies love the loving spirit and excitement on a pleasant evening walk through this fashionable town square and mall. While it might be difficult to imagine even more lights in the evening than we usually show our private tour guests in and around Hollywood it is true, there is so much light the full moon pales in comparison. Stores, business, neighborhoods even buildings and monuments are alit in holiday colors and decorated beyond description. All this and no snow, not even really cold temperatures makes Los Angeles a perfect Christmas destination.
Street Art to Make our Private Tour Guests Hungry
We always want to celebrate those artists who improve the look of Los Angeles for everyone and today we feature a street utility box in front of a grocery store in Hollywood that has been painted on both sides – and the theme is food. Melting food, specifically cheese. Above Brandon Maurier reminds us of how much we love grilled cheese sandwiches which we can assert from listening to our private Los Angeles tour guests is a universal treat. Different breads, varying cheeses but essentially the same everywhere. Universal. Maybe even grilled green cheese on the moon.
Below, on the other side of the same utility box is a possibly Salvadore Dali inspired melting pizza. Kudos to HavenArtStudio.com for giving us the urge for a southwest flavored pizza. Is it lunchtime yet? Our custom luxury tours stop for food, even pizza or grilled cheese sandwiches.
Perfect Private Tour Event at the Fairmont
Visiting the Fairmont Hotel in Santa Monica recently to gather some guests for a private luxury tour of Los Angeles we grabbed a photograph of the posted invitiation to join the staff, guests and visitors for a holiday event under the giant Moreton Bay Fig tree in the courtyard. Upon further investigation we learned that Santa Claus will be present as well as some of his favorite musicians to entertain the gathered holiday revelers. There will, of course, be food and refreshments, activities appropriate for guests of all ages, and a genuine sharing of peace and joy. We will be there this afternoon possibly with our luxury tour guests. Just look for the snazzy black van and the glasses of eggnog and join us to celebrate the holiday season.
Avoid Vampires, Eat at Raw After a Late Private Tour
Los Angeles is a pretty easy town to find late night dining, especially if IHOP and Denny’s revs your engines. However, we also have Norm’s, Pink’s, The Pantry and a number of pizza pits to fulfill the need for hot food after midnight. But what if you are a vegetarian and want something healthy and delectable and appealing when you leave the midnight screening of Rocky Horror Picture Show? If you are anywhere around W. Hollywood then get yourself to Planet Raw and embrace the raw food movement in the wee hours of the morning. Chef Juliano, who grew up in restaurants around the U.S., became a vegan before he turned 20 and later developed a philosophy and food preparation style embracing raw foods. With a complete understanding of nutrition and digestion the restaurant emphasizes proper food combining as well as selection. While we are mentioning it as a late night choice, Planet Raw is open all day, too.