Posts Tagged ‘LA guided tours’
When you think of seafood, your mind might settle upon Boston clam chowder or perhaps Maine lobster. But don’t forget about the wealth of delicious seafood that is routinely captured along the Pacific coast. Dungeness crab season begins in November in parts of California, and it runs well into the winter as you travel farther north. During a recent trip to California, I went on a couple of Hollywood tours, and during one we enjoyed some delicious crab while learning how to prepare one on our own:
Steam or boil the crab approximately eight minutes for every pound. Place the lid over the pot at an angle so that some steam can escape. Rinse the crab under cool water and break the apron off the shell. Next, remove and discard the carapace – along with any guts clinging to it – and the gills. Rinse once more, this time leaving behind only the shell and the succulent meat inside. You might choose to serve it as a half-crab.
It’s growingly increasingly common in the world of Hollywood that movie stars become wildly successful early on, and then their stars quickly fade. The stars featured during sightseeing tours Los Angeles just a few years ago often are the butt of jokes now or cautionary tales for the new wave of talent. To that end, staying power seems to be a relic of old Hollywood. But for moviegoers that are looking for established actors and actresses, don’t fear. There are a few people that have managed to stay in the limelight for decades. Of that select group, Richard Gere is one of the most famous.
Richard Gere first captured the collective heart of America with movies such as “An Officer and a Gentleman” and “Pretty Woman.” These Richard Gere movies helped kick off his career, but even he wasn’t aware that these films would only mark the beginning of his time in Hollywood. Proving relevant in the modern age of film as well, Gere gained equal notoriety for works such as “Runaway Bride” and “Chicago.”
Despite the fact that I have lived in Los Angeles a little over a year, I’ve had few opportunities to explore the sights the city has to offer. Due to my hectic work schedule, I hardly have a spare minute to spend traveling the city at my leisure. I’ve expressed my desire to see the city several times to my boyfriend, and for my birthday last we he surprised me with a pair of LA tours.
The tours were everything that I thought they would be, taking us to some of the famous haunts of bygone Hollywood stars, as well as some of the most popular current attractions. While my boyfriend was visibly bored most of the day, as he has lived in Southern California his entire life, we even stopped at a couple of sites he wasn’t familiar with. Now that I’ve become more acquainted with the city, I’m going to make a concerted effort to begin exploring on my own.
The first time my family and I took a vacation to Los Angeles, I naïvely assumed that we would be able to take in all of the sights on our own. As any seasoned travel knows, this is an effort in futility, and virtually every family member came home disappointed that we had neglected to visit a destination near the top of his or her list. When we decided to revisit LA during Spring Break this year, I took measures to ensure that history wouldn’t repeat itself.
Before embarking on our journey, I called ahead and arranged for us to go on a couple of Los Angeles guided tours. The company had several routes to choose from, so I tried to find tours that appeased everyone. After this trip, I am confident that everyone had an opportunity to take in the sites and scenes that were their top priorities.
The Lovell House or Lovell Health House is a modern residence designed and built by Richard Neutra between 1927-29. The home, located at 4616 Dundee Drive in Los Angeles, California, was built for the physician and naturopath Philip Lovell. It is considered a major monument in architectural history, and was a turning point in Neutra’s career.
It is often described as the first steel frame house in the United States, and also an early example of the use of gunite (sprayed-on concrete). Neutra was familiar with steel construction due to his earlier work with the Chicago firm Holabird & Roche. Neutra served as the contractor for the project in order to manage the cost and quality.
Philip Lovell was enchanted with the house and praised his architect publicly. Lovell had previously commissioned architect Rudolf Schindler to build the landmark Lovell Beach House in 1926. Neutra and Schindler were contemporaries in Europe and the Neutras lived with the Schindlers when they first settled in LA in 1925. Dr. Lovell chose Neutra instead of Schindler to build his LA home while they were living under the same roof. Neutra was known for his relationships with his clients–he thought of himself as a therapist and the client his patient. He spent time getting to know his clients and analyzed their needs. Request to see this home on private LA guided tours because, the Lovell House was added to the list of Registered Historic Places in Los Angeles in 1971. The Lovell Health House was used as the home of the character Pierce Patchett in L.A. Confidential.
- “All I Wanna Do” by Sheryl Crow
- “All the Gold in California” by The Gatlin Brothers
- “A Long December” by Counting Crows
- “American Girl” by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
- “Andres” by L7
- “Angeles” by Elliott Smith
- “April 29, 1992” by Sublime
- “Babylon Sisters” by Steely Dan
- “Bad Sneakers” by Steely Dan
- “Barrio Viejo” by Ry Cooder
- “Beautiful in Los Angeles” by Garrison Star
- “Because, It’s Midnite” by Limozeen
- “Beverly Hills” by The Circle Jerks
- “Beverly Hills” by Micky Dolenz
- “Beverly Hills” by Weezer
- “Beverly Kills (Freaks With Golden Heirs)” by Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti
- “Bi-Coastal” by Peter Allen
- “Big Dumb Town” by Stan Ridgway
- “Billy the Mountain” by Frank Zappa
- “Black Planet” by The Sisters of Mercy
- “Blue Jay Way” by The Beatles
- “Born in East L.A.” by Cheech and Chong
- “Brother L.A.” by Daniel Lanois
- “California” by Debby Boone
- “California” by Joni Mitchell
- “California” by Hollywood Undead
- “California” by Lil Rob
- “California” by Rufus Wainwright
- “California” by Splitsville
- “California Rain” by Silvertide
- “California” by Metro Station
- “California” by Phantom Planet
- “California” by The Rentals (often mislabelled as Weezer)
- “California” by Wax
- “California Sun” by Devon Werkheiser
- “California Blows My Mind” by Mr.Criminal
- “California Dreamin'” by The Mamas & the Papas
- “California Girls” by The Beach Boys
- “California Girls” by David Lee Roth
- “California Girls” by The Magnetic Fields
- “California’s Burning by Augustana
- “California Love” by Tupac Shakur featuring Dr Dre
- “California Love(Remix)” by Tupac Shakur featuring Dr Dre
- “California Vacation” by The Game, Snoop Dogg & Xzibit
- “Californication” by Red Hot Chili Peppers
- “Cali girl” by Ballyhoo!
- “Camera One” by the Josh Joplin Group
- “Can’t Stop the Blue (Go Dodgers Go!)” by Ozomatli
- “Car Phone” by Sheeler & Sheeler
- “Carmelita” by Warren Zevon
- “Celebrity Skin” by Hole
- “Celluloid Heroes” by The Kinks
- “Christmas In Los Angeles” by Lawrence Welk and the Rockettes.
- “Christmas in Hollywood” by Hollywood Undead
- “Ciclon” by Sick Jacken Vs. DJ Muggs
- “City of Angels” by 10,000 Maniacs
- “City of Angels” by The Distillers
- “City of Angels” by Ozomatli
- “City of Devils” by Yellowcard
- “Come a Long Way” by Michelle Shocked
- “Comin’ into Los Angeles” by Arlo Guthrie
- “Corrido de Boxeo” by Ry Cooder
- “Cowboys From Hollywood” by Camper Van Beethoven
- “Cracked Actor” by David Bowie
- “Cruiser” by Red House Painters
- “Culver Moon” by Jackson Browne
It is always good to have some tunes in your head prior to visiting LA and taking one of the LA guided tours! ( Photo: Micky Dolenz )