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  • racer14142017
    20 contributions
    If you like architecture and a great setting plan for 3 hours. If you like the art and displays then allow more time. A nice trip up the hill in the train. Great place to enjoy great views of the area, the outside art and gardens, and a cafe where you can eat inside or out. Richard Meier has captured and framed many views of the area beyond and the buildings.Some parts you'd think you're in Israel with the stone, others at the High Art Museum in Atlanta, others in this California setting. Comfortable to move from one building and place to another.
    Written 23 May 2022
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  • BronteBucket
    Harrogate, UK568 contributions
    Loved this quiet corner of Venice. We were there very early at 8am and so the walkways very quiet, only a few joggers and dog walkers around, the houses were truly gorgeous with cute gardens and decorations. Great for the ‘which one would you buy?’ game. The developer has wanted to recreate the feel of Venice, Italy, which is a bit of a stretch but I get what he was trying to do. I definitely left with house envy! We probably spent about 45 minutes wandering until we had seen enough.
    Written 24 April 2022
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  • AlaraAygen
    Los Angeles, CA330 contributions
    UCLA has the most beautiful campus ever (although I am a little biased since I'm a student here). You can relax near the Janns steps, grab a coffee at Kerckhoff Hall, or take a stroll in the Statue Garden. One downside is that parking is expensive (e.g. $8 for 2 hours).
    Written 23 February 2022
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  • MartletwyOnTour
    Wales, UK56 contributions
    Reviewing a cemetery?! Well, if I have to review one, this is it.

    For such a small and concentrated piece of land in the middle of one of America's great cities, it was incredible just how quiet and peaceful it was. The lawn is also very well kept and it is a clearly very respectful final resting place for those who have been laid to rest here.

    Then of course are the names themselves - a veritable who's who of 20th century entertainment. Marilyn Monroe and Dean Martin are just two of the big hitters but for me, the greatest of all is the 'Big O' - Roy Orbison who lies in an unmarked grave. But just knowing that he is there is enough for this big fan.

    Much more accessible than many other 'celebrity cemeteries' in LA, this is a must visit for those who, like me, have a natural pull towards such places.
    Written 4 October 2020
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  • Itzi B
    Los Angeles, CA93 contributions
    Live long and prosper, Skirball Center. First time visiting the Skirball Cultural Center for the Star Trek exhibit and I absolutely loved it. (I have to admit I didn't have time to visit the other exhibits, so this review is somewhat limited in scope.) Thank you, Skirball, for providing me with free admission due to being a essential worker as determined by the State of California during the pandemic. Check out their website for a list of visitors that they allow to enter for free: skirball.org .

    COVID protocol: You must be fully vaccinated or have proof of a recent negative COVID test to enter the museum. Masks are required. Thank goodness; I felt very safe and certainly Mr. Spock would approve of these logical adaptations to the pandemic (probably Dr. McCoy would approve as well.)

    Parking: Absolutely 100% free and conveniently located right next to the museum.

    Admission: Timed tickets are currently required and can be reserved online.

    Exhibit: The Star Trek exhibit was out of this world. To see the actual bridge where the original Star Trek was filmed, costumes from the different versions of Star Trek (the original is the only one for me) and interactive displays reflecting the impact of Star Trek on our society was fabulous. I especially enjoyed the thought-provoking activities (creating your own episode of Star Trek, thinking about the implications of the Prime Directive, and discussing whether robots have rights.)

    Star Trek has been one of my favorite shows for over 50 years. Why? It created a world of diversity, where everyone was equal, and science was taken seriously. Plus, it's also kind of a travel show if you think about it. A different planet every week? Hell, ya. The Skirball Cultural Center has done a magnificent job in showcasing this fantastic show. FIVE STARS.
    Written 7 November 2021
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  • Samantha J
    Cincinnati, OH418 contributions
    ALIVE. This place is definitely alive. It was full of vendors and storefronts. Definitely a place to see. I love the rental bikes (through Lyft and other services) and the bike lanes. We were able to bike from Venice Beach to Santa Monica pier!
    Written 22 April 2022
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  • alexisrachelletx
    Nashville, TN1,719 contributions
    The Eames House is a landmark of midcentury modern architecture. Built by Charles and Ray Eames (the original design was also worked on by Eero Saarinen), it's pretty stunning and yet designed to be constructed from "off-the-shelf" parts to make it an affordable design that could inspire designs for homes for everyday Americans. The most affordable way to experience the Eames House is to do an exterior self-guided tour. It's $10. That might not sound like much if you're used to interior, guided tours, but we still really enjoyed our visit. You can walk all the way around the house and studio for a 360-degree-view of the house and docents are there to answer any questions you might have. Because the bottom floor of the house and the studio has so much glass, you can see into several rooms of the house quite well. They ask that you don't take pictures into the interior through the glass because interior tours are how they fund-raise. Speaking of, if you're really a buff and willing to pay for the experience, you CAN tour the interior (prices are on their website). It was pricey for us, so we stuck with the exterior tour. Definitely right for us. We made a reservation online, but two guys who came in at the same time as us didn't make reservations and they were able to pay the docent and still do the exterior tour. It's a bit hard to find - definitely follow the instructions on the website. We parked on Corona del Mar and then walked back down the hill and then down a private alleyway (the only way to enter the property). If you enjoy architecture (especially mid-century American architecture), this house is worth a visit!
    Written 19 February 2020
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  • Epicureously
    London, UK1,091 contributions
    It’s mostly quite tacky but it’s fun nevertheless. You see all walks of life when you walk here. From cool street bands to many many crazy people doing weird things. Fewer bars and restaurants than you might think.
    Written 29 March 2022
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  • shellstar4
    Los Angeles, CA120 contributions
    I have been to this theater before for a movie showing, this time it was for a live show. The theater is absolutely beautiful and completely restored to its original state. There is not bad seat, even in the balcony, you can see, hear and enjoy the show. If you are able to go, definitely recommend.
    Written 1 January 2020
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  • cgny1fwd
    Houston, TX1,218 contributions
    ...I got the the gallery with the Hammer Collection. Stunning. Not a large collection (or just what was on display) but great quality. Loved the Van Gogh of the garden at Nuenen. The Salomé and King David pieces are unusual and beyond description. The rest was kind of blah. In the van Dyke Parks quadraphonic gallery, they sit you by the speakers. The whole point of quadraphonic is to be centered. Of course there was probably some artistic intent that I'm too dumb to get.
    Written 25 September 2021
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  • tenntravelguy
    Hendersonville, TN313 contributions
    While on business in California my daughter we who lives there spent some time in LA so a beach stop was definitely on our agenda.

    Will Rogers Beach is very clean and it was the time of year that the sand was not hot and the water was pretty chilly but not frigid however. We went wading a short distance out but a small group was swimming and two young gentlemen were surfing. In my almost 50 years of life I have visited the North and South Atlantic, from Maine to Florida, the Gulf Coast Waters from Florida to Texas and the Pacific in LA, San Francisco, San Diego, Tijuana and Acapulco but this was a first to actually see someone surfing in person so that was cool. There was a pretty large crowd gathered that day, but not too crowded. The waters were very pleasant and the outside temp of around 80 was near perfect.

    I had been reading online about beaches that were completely free, however don't trust everything you read online. They have a gentleman stationed there that must collect 7 dollars from you for parking. We didn't have more time to stop but a short ways at the pier is a small amusement park with a Ferris Wheel, some roller coasters anong other attractions. I guess what Coney Island is to the big apple this is to the Pacific ocean. Good beach to visit when you visit the city of angels the next time!
    Written 27 March 2022
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  • Michael K
    Saint Louis, MO341 contributions
    Had a nice walk around. Took less than an hour and beautiful that there was no admission. Nothing remarkable here but worth the walk if you're in the area. On the edge of the UCLA campus.
    Written 17 May 2022
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  • geotech522
    5,593 contributions
    This Hall of Fame gives homage to UCLA Athletics. Besides being now the Number 1 public university in the US, UCLA is also one of top universities in men's and women's sports with a total of 118 championships. The Hall covers all sports and also gives the history of the athletes who contributed to the Bruin Sports heritage. Of course, a very impressive section is devoted to Coach John Wooden and basketball, but UCLA has also dominated in other sports such as volleyball, water polo, track and field, and gymnastics. Very inspirational to visit.
    Written 14 December 2019
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  • permia
    Ireland37,624 contributions
    It was a pleasure to meander amongst the imaginative and thought-provoking artistic creations.

    Featuring some of the finest sculptures from the past century, they are set in peaceful and sylvan surroundings.

    Named after the university’s third chancellor, it was he who dedicated the garden in 1967.
    Written 6 November 2019
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  • Franco _ A
    Italy575 contributions
    After getting lost in the worst page of human history: THE HOLOCAUST TIMELINE and you breath and touch the subhumane degree men and women have turned to... then when you're sure everything is lost and you have no space, time and hope left then you are captured by this man who has given a name, a land, a dignity and a reason to live for to all humane. THANKS A LOT. MEMORY CARRIERS
    Written 13 April 2019
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