What are the best places to go in la

We recently visited Los Angeles, California.  L.A. is one of the hottest tourist destination in the world.  One of the first things we noticed was how many OTHER tourist were there when we tried to go to Griffith Observatory to get a picture of the Hollywood sign.  EVERYONE had the same idea.  There were people from China, India, Mexico, Europe and from many other states.  Since L.A. is so diverse you can really only speculate where they are from base on their language, car or just asking them.  It is not uncommon to mean a South Korean or Armenian for example who does not speak great English but is actually in the US as a permanent resident or even a US Citizen.

We had a checklist of things we wanted to see.  We ate at Korea town, we walked on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, we checked out a few fancy restaurants, we took pictures of the Hollywood sign.

There were a couple of cool extras that were not on our list of things to do in L.A. that were really great!  Santee Alley and Roscoe Chicken and Waffle.

What to expect in LA?

Tourist traps – Expect an enormous crowd everyday in every la tourist spot.  If you don’t want to avoid the tourist spots, then go during off peak hours (before 8am).

Crazy Traffic – Be prepared for the heavy traffic and aggressive drivers.  If you are an inexperienced driver, you should just avoid driving if possible.  We drove around L.A., fought through the traffic, maneuvered through the ridiculous intersections and let me tell you.. it is exhausting if you are not used to it.

What are the most interesting places to see in los angeles?

Hollywood – The Hollywood sign was very cool to see.  It is such an iconic symbol that you almost have to check it out if you are in L.A.  Hollywood boulevard is also nice to see.  Wax museum is located there as well as other famous tourist spot. Another one that is worth seeing is the La Brea Tar pits.

It might also be worth your time to check out the lots where they actually make movies like Paramount Studios (http://www.paramountstudiotour.com/) or Warner Brothers (http://www.wbstudiotour.com/)

There is also Universal Studios to check out.

What is the best part of LA?

The best part of L.A. is actually in L.A.  It is a city about 30 minutes away in a city called Long Beach.  It has the classic feel that everyone thinks about when they think L.A. only if they are NOT FROM the real L.A.  It looks like Tampa.  It is very clean, rich looking area. It is very classy with lots of restaurants around.  It is also not as crowded as LA. The apartments there look beautiful.

What did I like the most?

Santee Alley – Oh my gosh, Santee Alley!  It has all the new styles.  I loved it. They have really nice lingeries there too.  They sell cheap, high quality knock off clothing, purses, and shoes. You can also bargain if you are not tired. L.A. is an international fashion hub.  Many new styles of clothing start there.  The place resonates cool and starts world wide trends by accident.  Beautiful people flock to L.A. trying to make it as actors, musicians and models…

What is the most disappointing attraction I had been?

Walk of Fame was really not what we expected for sure.  I felt terrible going there. We were expecting a gleaming sidewalks with facy shops lining the sides of the streets.  What you get is a huge crowd, with solicitors every 10 feet, and poor homeless living off random change from tourists.  The stars with the names of famous actors, directors and writers of hollywood are there, but I imagined much more.  I was sadly mistaken.

 

What is the cost of living in London?

The Cost Of Living In London Is More Expensive Than Many Places Around The World

Many believe the cost of living in London is more expensive than the rest of the UK, and according to reports it is. London has become so expensive that thousands of people who work in the capital cannot afford to live there.

With the high house prices and the extremely high rental prices, many of those who do decide to live in London have to share a room in a house.  This is not ideal for those wishing to buy their first property or to rent their own flat, but with the high unemployment in the UK, many people have no other option.The average price. Depends what part of london but you are looking at around £400,000 to buy one. For a basic flat to rent, you are looking at around £1,600 per month but you will not get much for that.

For people visiting London, many are shocked at how high the prices are for food, entertainment and travel compared to other countries around the world. A stay in a hotel is much more expensive than most other parts of the country, and that is why many tourist who visit London either stay in a Bed and Breakfast or a hostel.

A pint of beer in London can cost on average nearly £5, which is much more expensive than the rest of the UK. Even soft drinks have become expensive, including bottled water.

An average meal in McDonalds will cost around £5.15, which is not bad considering other prices on food. Shopping in supermarkets is much more expensive in London compared to the rest of the country, which includes personal care items such as hair shampoo that is priced at around £4.44.

Many travel experts believe the high prices in London are putting off the tourists and driving them to other parts of the country including Manchester. Many suggest a person visiting London should bring with them 50% more in spending money than they would visiting other countries around the world.

Although the prices are high in London, the capital is still one of the most visited capitals in the world.

Sample cab fare price:  Start : Great North Way, London NW4 1PT, UK

End: Saint Mary Somerset Tower, London EC4V, UK   £ 35.60

Women shopping : Santee Alley

Welcome to the “Disneyland of women’s shopping” in L.A! L.A. is the hub of fashion in the west coast.  It is where many of the world styles start.  On our last day in LA, my husband was talking about taking me and my mother in law  to another attraction before we finally leave for our cruise.  To my surprise, he mentioned shopping (which sounds strange coming from him).  He said there is another attraction in LA called Santee Alley.  They sell all kinds of clothing there and knock off brands.  The place looks average and not clean in some areas but they have any style of clothes you can think off.

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I am so delighted that my husband took me there. Santee alley made my LA trip fulfilling.

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Summary of shopping:

 3 inch high heel shoe Buy one, 30% off 2nd pair:     $ 30.00

black elegant dress       :      $ 25.00

Acid wash dress       :      $ 25.00

Long sleeve acid  wash shirt                               :      $ 15.00

Acid wash long skirt                                             :      $ 25.00

Lingerie                                                                :      $ 25.00

Sexy stockings                                                     :      $ 15.00

 

Tips:

1. Wear flat shoes.

2. Shoe early at 9am before it gets too hot and crowded.

3. The nasty bathroom are blocks away so it is better to use the toilet before going there. They also make you pay for .50 cents and it is gross looking toilet.

4. You can bargain if you think the price is quite high.

5. Do not make up your mind in buying the first nice clothing you see. There might be better option along the way.

 

Denver Art Museum

There are lots of things to see in Denver.  You can go to an amusement park (Elitch Gardens), if you are in to nature you can go hiking or check out the botanical garden, The Denver Nature and Science Museum is definitely worth checking out, you can check out a football game and there are hundreds of restaurants in and around town.

If you are an art connoisseur, then you must go to the Denver Art Museum.

Entrance fee for Colorado Resident / Adult : $10.00

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Admission for kids:  Free everyday

General admission is free for everyone on First Saturdays

$13.00

Parking Fee: $ 9.00 for whole day

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Denver Art museum is truly a great experience. It is the second museum we have visited in Denver. There are tons of things you can see there. The architecture is spectacular. They also offer free days on special occasions.

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Denver Art Museum has a souvenir shop and the ticketing booth located on the first floor. The second floor display famous paintings and unique sculptures from artists like Matthew  William and others.

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Souvenir shop

 

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Souvenir Shop

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A painting with real looking images

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The Denver Art Museum even has an area for kids to enjoy art.

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kids art

 

 

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Ancient Collection

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Metallic handprints

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Giant Hallway wooden sculptures

You can visit their website at  http://denverartmuseum.org/