About Los Angeles
This year February, i was in #LasAngles and got one day free for some sightseeing. I decided to go to Universal Studio. Being a non working day, It was a lot of crowd there. I started with the Simpson ride first and quite enjoy it. Then i was waiting in the queue for the tour bus of Universal Studio, where they take everyone to show around the sets of Hollywood and a lot more.There was one Korean girl standing next to me in the line and she requested if her friends can join in the line. I was ok with it so i said sure not a problem. She called her other Korean friend who joined her. After few minutes they asked if other friends join too, so i just smiled. I have been to Korea many times so i knew some basic Korean words. I just greeted them saying "anyohaseyo"(which means hello in Korean). They were more excited than surprised and then we started interacting throughout the ride. I came to know that two of them(Jeni and Kate) were settled in NYC since birth and visited other friend(Mini) who was settled in LA.As i was alone so they invited me to join them for the rest of the day. Mini was living in LA from a long time and had been to the theme park many times, so was the best local person who could help me :)
Best Time To Visit
Best time to visit Los Angeles is from February to June and from September to November
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Universal Studios Hollywood
As my little sister was around, we thought that visiting a theme park in L.A was a MUST and that it would be entertaining both for her and for us, the old ones :p The West Coast is known worldwide as a capital of entertainment and fame. Therefore, there is no wonder why there are so many theme parks in the area: Disneyland, the Pacific Aquarium, the Zoo, Magic Mountain and more… However, all the theme parks I have had the chance to visit and enjoy do not reach the level of the Universal Studios in Hollywood. This theme park combines both fun and entertainments, and cinema culture which suits any age’s expectations. We had an amazing opportunity to visit the Universal Studios with the VIP tour, which gives you so many advantages. If you have a chance to be part of this star experience, LYA definitely recommends it. This special tour will take you “behind the scenes” and will give you a large range of benefits and a highly personalised service as well. The day was divided in 2 with a “fun” part in the theme park and a more cultural part in the studios. The presence of a guide definitely makes a difference and the fact that we were a small group adds so much more fun to the experience. You get to know people who came from all over the world and enjoy a unique day with them. I will remember this tour forever and would die to go back there! I really want to go again for the Halloween special event in the park which includes zombies
TCL Chinese Theatre
Graumann's Theatre, now known as TCL Chinese Theatre is a profound name in the Film Industry all over the world. Best known for the footprints and palm impressions of legendary celebrities of Hollywood, TCL Chinese Theater holds 30 minutes documentary which now houses world's largest IMAX theater.
Kodak Theatre or the Dolby Theatre is another attraction for movie lovers. The theatre is an architectural marvel in its own good way. Attractive super luxury outlets on both the side of the atrium, capitals displaying all the movies having won Academy Awards every since its very beginning. Be sure to run into atleast one or two celebrities while you are at the hollywood boulevard. In my case, I came across the rapper, 2 Chainz, a hip hp artist riding his monster Harley Davidson. Also, while you are at it, you may be given free passes to various shows like The Late Late Shows With Craig Ferguson etc. Its Hollywood, and anything can happen.
There was an adorable park located near the staircase to the right of the cars called Angel’s Knoll. I was lured by the sweet smell and gorgeous purple color of the Jacaranda trees, but was even more delighted to find out the park was a filming location for one my favorite movies, (500) Days of Summer. The park is pretty small, so finding the bench where Summer and Tom shared two important moments in the film wasn’t too difficult, but I asked for guidance from a park ranger nonetheless. This beautiful park gives a hill-side view of the high rises. Great place to sit back and relax.
Walk of Fame
While you walk from the Graumann's Theater towards the Sunset Boulevard, on the both sides of the streets, the pedestrian is carved and inscribed with the name of famous celebrities from the film industry along with a little cartoon depicting their profession. People often cover the walk of fame to get pictures with their celeb's embeddings.
The Wizarding World of Harry Potter
Reproducing the world of Harry Potter for its fans across the world, The Wizarding World of Harry Potter themed motion rides are present in Orlando, Florida; Universal Studios, California and Universal Studio Japan. This immersive experience of a motion-based dark ride starts at Hogsmede where the wizards reside and take you through the classrooms and corridors of Hogwarts. For Potterheads across the world, this experience is life altering.Check out the website.
The Soviet Monument
This is a monument to the Soviet soldiers who lost their lives during the liberation of Budapest during the Siege of 1944. Budapest had been an unwilling satellite location for the Germans, and Hungary itself was trying to quit the war. There were many atrocities taking place in Budapest and the residents were living in terror. The Soviet army came in and after a bloody battle claimed victory over the Germans. And then they never left! And a new kind of terror began. This is the last monument to the Soviets that is left in Budapest and many modern day residents would prefer to see it gone. It now has a temporary fence around it to protect it from vandals.
Have you ever heard of the famous Cupcake ATM implemented by Sprinkles in the United States? Well, let me tell you all about this creative concept that LYA had the chance to get a closer look at while staying in Beverly Hills, California. I must say I wasn’t the only one who was excited about this funny ATM, my little sister didn’t stop asking me to get her a cupcake from the machine during the whole week and finally stopped harassing me when I got it for her. When you hear “cupcake ATM”, your first thoughts might be: “impossible that the cupcakes are fresh”, “these cakes must be at least a week old” “it must be so artificial”. Well at least, that’s what we thought and we were totally wrong! Sprinkles is originally a normal “patisserie” shop selling fresh cupcakes and pastries. The only difference is that instead of queuing or taking a look at the colourful cupcakes from inside the shop, in the window, you get to stand in front of a screen, outside the shop, and select your cupcake by touching it. While you are making your selection, there is this catchy music playing “Sprinkles is the best cupcake in the world”. And don’t be mistaken, not because it comes out of a pink container it means it is not fresh! Furthermore, you get the same choice as inside: coconut, gluten free, red velvet, chocolate praline, vanilla, strawberry, milk chocolate, chocolate fudge and so much more. When you hear “cupcake ATM”, your first thoughts might be: “impossible that the cupcakes are fresh”, “these cakes must be at least a week old” “it must be so artificial”. Well at least, that’s what we thought and we were totally wrong! Sprinkles is originally a normal “patisserie” shop selling fresh cupcakes and pastries. The only difference is that instead of queuing or taking a look at the colourful cupcakes from inside the shop, in the window, you get to stand in front of a screen, outside the shop, and select your cupcake by touching it. While you are making your selection, there is this cat
Jurassic Park The Ride at Universal Studios
Another thrilling adventure that awaits you at Universal Studios in Osaka, Japan is Jurassic Park The Ride. Counted as one of the best theme parks in the world, the experience is designed to give visitors a wholesome feel of Isla Nublar, the Jurassic World. The boat ride begins at Ultrasaur Lagoon, where you can see the Ultrasaurus devouring plants. The experience continues with Tyrannosaurus, Velociraptors and other imaginative creatures lunging out at visitors from unexpected corners making it a exciting adventure for kids as well as grown-ups.
Museum of Contemporary Art
Address: People's Park, 231 West Nanjing Road, Shanghai Metro Station: Line 1,2 & 8, People's Square Timings: 10:00-18:00 Admission: 30 CNY/person A 10 minute walk from the Shanghai Museum, bang in the center of People's Park, the Museum of Contemporary Art (MoCA) is the first non-profit, independently operated contemporary art institution in Shanghai. Housed in the park's former greenhouse and spread over 4000 square meters MoCA is the brainchild of founder Samuel Kung. The museum has showcased exhibits by Antoni Gaudi and Salvatore Ferragamo among others. It's glassy façade is easily spotted within the park's lush green. MoCA also has one of my favorite rooftop bars in Shanghai. Visit in early evening and walk around until it closes.
Blue Cow kitchen & bar
This small yet chic restaurant serves delicious sandwiches and a wide variety of cocktails and craft beer. Motivated by hunger, I figured that I should probably grab a bite here. Their menu offers farm fresh organic dishes. Hidden in the much deserted downtown area, I was glad I came across this one. The restaurant gives out a casual ambiance yet serves some of the tastiest dishes. It also features a happy hour with gourmet choices and the waiters are friendly. I thoroughly enjoyed my meal, the cozy outdoor seating, and the extremely friendly staff.
Tres by José Andrés
The food was amazing. We came here for afternoon tea and even though the hostess had warned the kitchen that we were running late, the chef apparently threw a bit of a fit and only made two of some items instead of three (and we were paying for three). Everything tasted delicious but the service was extremely slow which was puzzling since the restaurant was quiet. Still, the food was worth the poor service. And I don't say that often.
Aquarium of the Pacific
A visit to the Aquarium is a perfect rainy-day activity as most of it happens indoors. It is more like a big zoo actually and gathers both underwater species and earth animals such as parrots, birds, penguins, sharks, fishes, and weird things or plants. You’ll need minimum ½ day if you want to go through the shows, aquariums and outdoor entertainments. Of course, you won’t be the only one attending the place so I recommend you to get there early if you don’t want to be queuing forever. Also , I warn you, the entrance is not cheap. What we really liked was the fact that the aquarium building is located next to the sea and the Long Beach harbor. You can walk along the sea and get some fresh air while looking at the Queen Mary parked next to the Light Tower (phare). There are also available boat tours for the ones in need of historical facts J. Regarding lunch options, there are a lot of restaurants on the sea walk as well as many different snacks available inside the Aquarium building.
Walt Disney Concert Hall
Its rightly a 'French Curve in the city of T-squares' If you fancy modern art and architecture, this is a must see attraction. Now open for various operas and theater performances, LA Phil or the Walt Disney Concert Hall rests in the heart of Los Angeles overlooking Downtown Los Angeles along the civic center. The space is abnormally quiet on the junction of two important streets. The best feature of LA Phil is the shiny metallic titanium finish that outshines the surrounding sandstone and brick towers.
Grand Central Market
Situated in the heart of Downtown LA, this market opened in 1917 and has been operating since. The Grand Central Market has changed with the passing years. It has around 90-plus vendors selling a wide variety of products such as baked goods, coffee, cheese, etc. This historic landmark serves as a display of the cultural mix of cuisines in LA. It's 30,000 sq. ft. marketplace comprises of a food emporium and a retail marketplace. Sometimes public events are also held here. I walked through the market to feel the energy of the place and over zealously purchased a saccharine cup of iced coffee that I immediately swapped for a single origin brew from G&B Coffee.
After a long day visiting the Aquarium in Long Beach and checking out the Endeavor space shuttle at the California Science Centre, we decided to head to Bottega Louie in Downtown L.A for an early dinner. This Italian restaurant describes itself as a “gourmet market & patisserie” and is located in a magnificent old typical building. The atmosphere is very welcoming and the room is extremely wide. Far away from a discrete and small outlet, Bottega Louie will be a very suitable place for family reunions, lunch/dinner with friends or tea time with your besties. As for the interior, the ceiling is very high, hence making room for loud conversations. The waiters as well as the inside adopted an all-white uniform and the tables/chairs could be defined as “brasserie style”. The fact that the kitchen is opened and you can see the big pizza oven makes it more reliable and entertaining. Before getting the fresh oven-cooked pizzas they have on the menu, LYA suggests you get a Louie salad: artichokes, tomatoes, avocado and lettuce The pizzas are served on elevated trays which makes it easier to share and also, more friendly! Further to these amazing Italian dishes, what better than a few “La Duree-wannabe-macaroons” for a sweet final touch? The cakes (tiramisu and fruit tart) were a bit too big and too creamy and not tasty enough, but the small French delicacies are definitely a must try and the restaurant’s signature.
Founded by the first president of America in 1797, George Washington's distillery caters to a very small and niche audience. The spirits are on sale just twice a year with only a few hundred bottles. But it still uses historical techniques such as hand chopping logs and real fire heating stills, to create a unique flavour through their distillation.
Gordon Ramsay at the London
Fabulous meal. We ordered several small plates and two desserts and split everything. It was one of the best meals I've ever had. Service was great and the ambiance was really lovely too. While I would never pass up Gordon's sticky toffee pudding, his pistachio creme brulee demanded a lot of attention too.
Angels Flight Railway
Later, I hurried across the street to glide up the shortest railroad in the world, Angel’s Flight. Built in 1901 as The Los Angeles Incline Railway, this place is a 298 foot-long funicular, bright and colorful part of Downtown LA. It begins at Hill Street and costs 50 cents one way. It's a nice experience to ride in this cable car, especially since it has been linked to the life of the people here for years now. It has two funicular cars- Sinai and Ovilet. This teeny tiny railway shuttled wealthy citizens in the then fashionable Bunker Hill neighborhood, up and down the steep slope between Hill and Olive streets. The ride obviously short, but provided a great view of the area, and I loved the adorable cars, ticket booth, and station.
Sixth Street Tavern
I ended my day with a quick bite from this lovely place right opposite the Standard Hotel. Essentially a bar, this is a nice and friendly place to hangout for a while. The bartender recommended their signature cheese fries that I paired with a summer wheat ale on the patio. The fries were good, but admittedly, smoked Gouda is not my favorite, so I would skip that next time and go straight for a beer. Their range of cocktails didn't look too bad either!
The Peninsula Beverly Hills
I believe the Easter week end is as a moment to be spent with your family, spend some quality time with your loved ones, which we did today :) . My grand parents, little brother, sister and I arrived in Los Angeles and woke up quite early due to jet lag. It was the 1st time we spend a week of holiday just the 5 of us, no parents allowed. After checking in the Peninsula, Beverly Hills, we wanted to explore the hotel and started wandering around. Of course, the hotel put on his Easter costume and the lobby was filled with big chocolate easter eggs, that my little sister didn’t miss ;)