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Los Angeles - 8 Million Ways to Live

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A September 2002 trip to Los Angeles by Hal1026

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Quote: Los Angeles may just be the most stereotyped metropolis anywhere, but look a little closer, listen a little longer, explore a little differently with each visit, and you find the city’s definitions extend beyond the boundaries of those clichés you’ve laughed about.

Los Angeles - 8 Million Ways to Live

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Overview

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Being easy to please, I never look to big moments about L.A. to point out what I've enjoy most. Theater, shopping for things I collect, special museum exhibits, walks on the beach in the "June gloom" cloud cover along the coast, driving up the PCH on a Sunday morning, lunch with friends in Santa Monica or Brentwood, these all make the flavor of my own private L.A.Quick Tips: Beaches: seek out the less crowded as well as the best known, so don't overlook Dockweiler, Will Rogers, or the beaches of the South Bay. Neighborhoods: target a neigborhood with one or two highlights (museums, stores, buildings of note) that you want to visit, then spend extra time walking the neighborhood a bit f...Read More

Sofitel Hotel Los Angeles

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Hotel | "Hotel Sofitel Los Angeles"

Sofitel Hotel Los  Angeles Photo, Los Angeles, California
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Sofitel Los Angeles is located across the street from the Beverly Center and just minutes from other world-class shopping on Rodeo Drive and stylish Melrose Avenue, the Wilshire business district, and an eclectic mix of nightlife on Sunset Boulevard. Sofitel features 311 deluxe guest rooms and suites beginning at $359. The hotel also has 12,000-square-feet of event and meeting space, including a ballroom for banquets and social events. They play host to many of the participants at entertainment industry events who like the easy access to Beverly Hills and points further east or west. My suite had a fantastic view northward of the city the Hollywood Hills, and I liked the desk work area layout, made ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 10, 2002

Sofitel Hotel Los Angeles
8555 Beverly Boulevard
Los Angeles, California 90048
(310) 278-5444

Hilton Garden Inn - LAX/El Segundo Photo, Los Angeles, California
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I've now stayed many times at this Hilton Garden Inn just south of LAX, and I've come to really like it, both for location and amenities. As far as location, it's tucked just a short way off on a side street near the major artery of Sepulveda Blvd. -- just under 2 miles from the airport. You're here in minutes after picking up your rental car or taking the Hilton's free shuttle. While it's officially in the business/industry town of El Segundo, it's also just a few minutes to South Bay towns like Manhattan Beach or Hermosa Beach, while Marina Del Rey, Venice and Santa Monica beaches are an equally easy 20-25 minute drive north. If you have to head into L.A. itself, the 105 (Century) freeway ru...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on November 12, 2002

Hilton Garden Inn - LAX/El Segundo
2100 East Mariposa Avenue
Los Angeles, California 90245
(310) 726-0100

Blueberry

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Restaurant

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The Blueberry has some logistical strong points for me: location-wise, it's in a section of Santa Monica that is easy to get to on a weekend when I head into the city from my hotel or the airport to the south. It's a great morning meeting place to see old friends or do a quick and informal business breakfast. Parking was fairly easy on all my visits, and though it's a popular spot on weekends with waits at late morning when I got there, there was free coffee, chairs placed outside for while you wait and the menus to browse ahead of getting your table. Once at your table, you discover that a vast amount on the Blueberry menu is indeed blue-from the blueberry muffins, blueberry iced tea to the b...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on December 6, 2002

Blueberry
510 Santa Monica Blvd.
Los Angeles, California 90401
310-394-7766

Louise's Trattoria : Santa Monica

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Restaurant | "Louise's Trattoria"

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Located at the north end of 26th street as it gets into Brentwood village, this location of the L.A. eatery Louise’s Trattoria is simply a great spot for enjoying fine fare and friends on a Sunday afternoon. For one thing, weekends are quieter in this section of Brentwood (west L.A.) and street parking is plentiful, although it’s fun to also stroll the Brentwood country mart across the street. Menu-wise, the California and speciality pizzas are the signature item at Louise's, in my opinion. On my recent visit, I had the fresh tomato, basil and mozzarella pizza. Not too crisp and not too thick, but not lacking in the mozzarella, is how I like my pizza, and this is how Louise’s gets it perfett...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 14, 2002

Louise's Trattoria : Santa Monica
264 26th Street
Los Angeles, California 90402
(310) 451-5001

Hollywood Book & Poster Co.

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Attraction | "Hollywood Book & Poster Co."

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Hollywood Book & Poster is a jewel in the rough--a ramshackle storefront on Hollywood Blvd. More than once I've come here for practical reasons--to find a particular actor or film still, for example--and had a blast just looking at the great selection of posters that span the history of entertainment. Park on Ivar Ave. or one of the nearby north/south side streets and add plenty of coins to the meter--you might spend an extra hour or two just browsing here as there's so much unusual and unexpected stuff. People come to sell their wares, but most patrons seem intent on finding very specific items of interest. The staff is a walking compendium of Hollywood celebs--few names or requests see...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on January 5, 2003

Hollywood Book & Poster Co.
6349 Hollywood Blvd.
Los Angeles, California 90028
323-465-8764