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Movie Stars, Freeway and Beaches - LA

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A May 2005 trip to Los Angeles by SFPhotocraft

Union Station Photo, Los Angeles, California More Photos
Quote: The name Los Angeles brings to mind beaches, freeways, and movie stars. Yep, we do have all three, but we also have a whole lot more. Let me tell you about life in LA!

Luxe Hotel Rodeo Drive

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Hotel | "Luxe Hotel - Beverly Hills"

Luxe Hotel Rodeo Drive Photo, Beverly Hills, California
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The circumstances of my stay here were a bit unusual. I was having some oral surgery done in Beverly Hills, and it was a 2-day procedure. My dentist office suggested I do what most clients do and book a room at the Luxe Hotel a half a block away and rest there between appointments. It sounded great to me, a little mini vacation. This seemed like a good incentive for dental work!The location of the this small boutique hotel could not be better. It's located smack-dab in the middle of world-famous Rodeo in Beverly Hills. Gucci, Channel, and Prada all are just across the street.It came as no surprise to the staff that I was here to get my teeth worked on! This hotel caters to a lot of the ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 18, 2005

Luxe Hotel Rodeo Drive
360 N RODEO DRIVE
Beverly Hills, California 90210
310-273-0300

Casa La Golondrina

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Restaurant | "La Golondrina"

Casa La Golondrina Photo, Los Angeles, California
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La Golondrina is one of the oldest restaurants in Los Angeles. It sits front and center on old Olvera Street, where the city of Los Angeles was born. La Golondrina opened as a cafe in 1924. The building it is housed in is the historic Pelanconi House, the first brick home in Los Angeles, built in 1855. When you are strolling Olvera Street, you can't miss the busy patio. Just walking by, you get a sense of a lively fiesta. The patio is the best place to sit. You get a bird's eye view of the street, and the people-watching is outstanding--all of Olvera Street will pass by. This last time, we ate indoors. The room was full of Mexican art, color...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on May 12, 2005

Casa La Golondrina
West 17 Olvera St
Los Angeles, California 90012
+1 213 628 4349

Dal Rae

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Restaurant

Dal Rae Photo, Los Angeles, California
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I was turning 50. I wanted to eat a place with a 1950s (my birth decade) feel to it. I checked around and learned about a little supper club in Pico Rivera, where very little has changed since it opened in 1958. When you drive up, you can't miss it. It has one of those great neon signs that light up the sky. The font and design says Jetsons. Palm trees surround the modern building. Today, the building in squeezed in on Washington between fast-food restaurants and strip malls. I imagine that, in 1958, it sat here pretty much alone. The moment you enter, you are in another decade. A valet parks your car at the door. Inside there is a roaring fire in a mid-century fireplace. A...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 24, 2005

Dal Rae
9023 East Washington Blvd.
Los Angeles, California 90660
(562) 949-2444

Pink's Hot Dogs

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Restaurant | "Pinks"

Pink's Hot Dogs Photo, Los Angeles, California
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In a city known for it's $50 lunches and here today, gone tomorrow trendy restaurants, one Los Angeles institution still stands strong - Pinks on La Brea Avenue. Pink's opened on this corner in 1939 as a hot-dog pushcart by Paul Pink and has grown into an LA landmark. You can't miss it; driving down La Brea, the bright-pink sign will direct you to the spot, but the long line will also let you know that you have found this famous spot.Pink's open at 9am and stays open until 2am on weekdays and 3am on weekends, and the line never dies down. The average wait time to get up to the front of the line is 1 hour.Maybe there is a little bit of hype involved with the desire to have a Pink's ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 17, 2005

Pink's Hot Dogs
709 North La Brea Ave.
Los Angeles, California 90036
(323) 931-4223

Union Station

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Attraction | "Union Station - Los Angeles"

Union Station Photo, Los Angeles, California
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I have a love of great architecture and a love of local history. One of my favorite places in L.A. where both of these loves come together is downtown at Union Station. Union Station had a gala opening in 1939 and was the prime West Coast hub. When it opened, it was a deluxe station worthy of the capital of the emerging movie and entertainment industry. She was elegant, with handmade Spanish tiles, beautiful fountains, comfy leather seats in the waiting areas, and a five-star restaurant. You can almost still feel the ghosts in these walls, young starlets stepping off the train from Fargo, ND, in hopes of making it big in the movies. You can sense the young GIs leaving home to fight in...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 11, 2005

Union Station
810 North Alameda St
Los Angeles, California 90012
No phone available

Olvera Street

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Attraction

Olvera Street Photo, Los Angeles, California
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Olvera Street is the birthplace of Los Angeles. Here, in 1781, 44 Spanish people stopped to settle and the city of Los Angeles was born. Often people think of the history of Los Angeles starting with the birth of the movie industry. On this tiny street you can get a sense of the real history of how L.A. was built. The small street is near Union Station in downtown Los Angeles. The street is more the size of an alley and traffic is not allowed. There are colorful stands selling trinkets and goods from Mexico, taco stands, historic Mexican restaurants, and carts selling hot churros. You will often see a strolling mariachi band or folkloric d...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 12, 2005

Olvera Street
Main and Alameda streets
Los Angeles, California 90079
+1 213 680 2525; +1