Archive for December, 2013
An Afternoon Los Angeles Tour Sees the Sun Set in Malibu
Our guests and our guides cannot restrain themselves from photographing the sunsets that we continually encounter at the beach when our private custom tours extend into the afternoon. These moments are truly beautiful and typical Los Angeles weather means lots of clear warm winter sunsets looking over quiet beaches from Venice to Malibu. The only activity looking toward the horizon are the flocks of sea birds feeding on schools of anchovies. We can think of this as a California winter wonderland.
His resistance finally floundered and the inimitable Vin Scully agreed to ride as Grand Marshal in Wednesday’s Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena. The Los Angeles Dodgers broadcaster has a glorious reputation recognized by baseball fans everywhere. Yet we are constantly surprised by how many of our private Los Angeles tour guests know of him, especially those from outside the U.S. This can’t just be the internet. Our foreign guests arrive with great curiosity and background knowledge about our American summertime sport. We take them by (or over in a helicopter) Dodger Stadium in Chavez Ravine and inevitably mention the great voice of the team (64 years and counting, longest in baseball). We are proud that Vin has finally accepted the honor of riding first in the parade. All he has to do is smile and wave. He can leave the play-by-play announcing to other voices.
Our Los Angeles Tour Folks Are Ready for the New Year
If you still have not decided on where to head for a big New Years party then we can suggest to you what we are telling our private tour guests visiting Los Angeles – stay in Hollywood! Even better, get your tickets now (they are going fast!) to Cleopatra’s New Years Eve Ball at the historic Egyptian Theater on Hollywood Boulevard. Music, dancers, drinking and socializing in indoor and outdoor party space at a movie theater we have shown to all our guests interested in Hollywood’s Golden Era. The completely restored Egyptian Theater is home to the American Cinemateque and dedicated to the showing of important films from the entire history of filmmaking. But on December 31st and January 1st the theater will be ushering in a brand new year with a grand party and not celebrating important films from the past. Step into history and bid adieu to 2013. It’s time for 2014. Let’s get this party started!
Our Los Angeles Tour Stops for Lights
Christmas lights, that is. We stop in the evening to photograph the best of the distinguished buildings decorated for the holidays. This is the Beverly Wilshire Hotel, affectionately known to movie lovers as the Pretty Woman hotel (key scenes filmed here), lit up at night with colors and designs to illuminate the season and please the eyes of passersby. With the sun setting so early our afternoon Los Angeles tour guests get to see more than just the regular night lighting of a city of lights as spectacular as Paris, but also the holiday additions to those expected illuminations. Now light comes forth from businesses and from residences. We could do a tour just of holiday lights.
Los Angeles Tour Guests Love the Holiday Lobbies
Picking our our private tour guests at their hotels give us ample opportunity to collect photographs of this year holiday lobby displays. This is the lobby at the Fairmont Miramar Hotel and Bungalows in Santa Monica. Overlooking the bay from the top of the palisades we visit here often for their guests are so often our guests. The festive lobby is a lovely sight after passing beneath the giant Moreton Bay Fig tree that dominates the entrance courtyard to the hotel. Our custom luxury tours from here can see the beach communities as soon as we start: Marina del Rey, Venice and Malibu are just along the coast from the hotel.
His Job Here Done Our Tour Guests Wave Goodbye to Santa in Beverly Hills
One of the flashiest holiday displays we show our private Los Angeles tour guests is Santa and his reindeer, including Rudolph in the lead, flying over Wilshire Boulevard in Beverly Hills. This wonderful display has been placed here for years and years (long before color film) and never fails to impress everyone who sees it. Even without the snow, thank goodness, we can for a moment truly believe in the spirit of Christmas.
Good Food and Star Gazing at the Ivy on this Tour
A private Los Angeles tour has the advantage of no fixed schedule, no fixed route. We set a rendezvous time to begin the tour and then pick and choose from among all the possible sightseeing destinations and photo locations based on the interests and desires of our guests. Our vehicles are stocked with drinks and snacks but when lunch time comes around it is a treat to stop at one of the many fine eating establishments in Hollywood, Beverly Hills or Los Angeles. The Moore family wanted to eat at The Ivy on N. Robertson Boulevard, popular with celebrities and Hollywood entertainment figures. We had no problem planning an itinerary that put our luxury van nearby when it was time to eat. As usual we enjoyed a wonderful meal and a fine excusion around Los Angeles.
Private Tour Guests Immobilize Walk of Fame Invaders
Everyone is an actor when they come to Hollywood, even our young Los Angeles tour guests visiting the Hollywood Walk of Fame for the first time. It can be difficult to tell the good guys from the bad guys from among all the costumed characters along the famous sidewalk but we believe these uniformed space travelers were nefarious and that our noble young men sussed that out and quickly reversed a dire situation. Pedestrians can now move along without concern. In fact, we take these photos regularly with willing guests. We’ve got the camera and the photos to prove it. No actors were harmed in the staging of this photograph.
Something Special To Do When Visiting Los Angeles
The Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena is only 11 days away and the floats have to be completed Just In Time so that the flowers look and smell their best on parade day. New Years Day. January 1st. Locals and visitors alike have an opportunity to help decorate these beautiful rolling mechanisms. In fact, without volunteers this would not happen. The City of Hope is inviting those interested to join them in the Rosemont Pavilion next to the Rose Bowl Stadium for one (or more) of several upcoming decorating shifts:
- Thursday, Dec. 26th, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. & 4 p.m.-9 p.m.
- Friday-Monday, Dec. 27th-30th, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. & 4 p.m.-11 p.m.
Imagine knowing your work will be seen by millions of people around the world when the Tournament of Roses Parade is broadcast. For our private Los Angeles tour guests, this is a great fun, family activity before New Years where you can meet people from Los Angeles and participate in an enduring and worthwhile tradition. There is more to do when visiting Los Angeles than sightseeing in Hollywood and Beverly Hills.