Voyager Los Angeles is taking a voyage- will try to post next week!
In the meantime, I hope the City of Angels looks over you!
Monday, September 19, 2011
When you visit a
, you may come across something so unexpected, or weird, or beautiful, that you say “Wow! What’s that?” In 30 plus years of living in new city , I can think of three Wow! Moments: Los Angeles
When I moved to LA in 1981, I was driving around in
West Hollywood looking for somewhere to live. I rounded the corner and saw an enormous blue building – “What is that?” It, of course, was the , known as the PDC. Since then, it has been joined by equally huge red and green buildings. Pacific Design Center
The first time I went down to the
area around USC, I saw a 747 parked on the corner! Exposition Park
And how many castles have you seen in the Southland? Until the fires of 2005, there was a castle sitting on the hill overlooking
. (Sorry, no picture!) Malibu
Wednesday, September 14, 2011
I think most people have a set way of driving to work- they’ve figured out the best route to take, and they stick to it. But if you get off the beaten track, there can be a whole new world to see.
Case in point- I exit the 10 freeway at
, then head north to Alvarado. Neither of these streets is particularly attractive. But- right after Alvarado forks off of Hoover , there is a street named Alvarado Terrace. One day, I decided to turn there. What a difference! Alvarado Terrace is full of gorgeous Victorian houses, 6 of which are designated as “cultural historic monuments”. I knew that the homes around USC, as well as the Hoover Adams district, had some beautifully restored homes- but I did not know about this street.
Shows what can happen when you take “the road less traveled”!
Monday, September 12, 2011
If you have visitors- or you are visiting
why don’t you: Los Angeles-
Go to the Ennis-Brown house in the Hollywood Hills.
You probably know this Frank Lloyd Wright house, located at
2607 Glendower Ave.
from the movies (most notably Blade Runner). Built in 1924, it resembles a Mayan temple. It used to be open for tours, but has been closed since the 1994 earthquake. Billionaire Ron Burkle just bought the house in July 2011.
Go to Philippe’s for a cup of coffee.
Philippe’s, a downtown institution since 1908, last raised the price of a cup of coffee in 1977. It used to be 5¢; now it’s 9¢. (Sorry, no refills.) Take that, Starbucks!
Swing on out to Tarzana.
Tarzana is named after the ranch purchased in 1915 by Edgar Rice Burroughs- who wrote Tarzan.
. Watts Towers
Everyone who is an Angeleno should see this work of art. And even if you’re just visiting, you should see it too. Built over a period of 30 years, with found materials, it is like nothing else you’ll see in LA.
Cost of one adult ticket at
Disneyland: $80.00. Cost of one child’s ticket at Disneyland: $74.00. No view of the Pacific Ocean.
Cost of admission to
(on the Santa Monica Pier): $0. Individual rides: $3.00 -$5.00. The Pacific Park Pacific Ocean surrounds you.
Wednesday, September 7, 2011
I know what you’ve been thinking- “It’s really disappointing that LA has so few lighthouses.” Yeah, I’ve been thinking that too. I’ve come up with only three- in San Pedro;
; and a fake one in Marina del Rey at Fisherman’s Village, a faux Rancho Palos Verdes New England fishing village (which is kind of run down, and very underutilized- but that’s a post for another day). There’s also Parker’s Lighthouse in , but that’s fake as well, being a restaurant. Long Beach
Point Vicente Lighthouse
The lighthouses in San Pedro and Palos Verdes were once real, active lighthouses. Point Fermin lighthouse, located in San Pedro, was built in 1874, and was the first navigational light into the
. Point Vicente, built in 1926, is in Palos Verdes, and is on the National Register of Historic Places. Both lights were extinguished during World War II. San Pedro Bay
Point Fermin Lighthouse
If you want to see these lighthouses, take PCH down through
, then turn on Redondo Beach
Palos Verdes Blvd.
going south, then onto
Palos Verdes Drive West
. It will take you on the Palos Verdes peninsula. This is a beautiful drive, so be sure and bring your camera!
Monday, September 5, 2011
Another one of my favorite houses in
is the Wedding Cake house. Seen from the alley behind it (always the most glamorous way to view homes), it reminds me of something Antonio Gaudi would have done. Beverly Hills
I quote again from the Architecture Guide to
:” Los Angeles ’s first real Art Nouveau building- Gaudiesque in the extreme.” Los Angeles
By way of comparison, here is Gaudi’s Casa Batlló in