S: Los Angeles & Long Beach
BC: DEPARTED | Los Angeles | 20 JULY 2012
FC: Los Angeles & Long Beach
1: Los Angeles & Long Beach | LOS ANGELES | ARRIVED 13 JULY 2012 | The Los Angeles metropolitan area, also known as Metropolitan Los Angeles or the Southland, is the 13th largest metropolitan area in the world and the second-largest metropolitan area in the United States. It is entirely located in the southern portion of the U.S. State of California.
2: Our plane, the Boeing 747-400. The 747-400, the most common passenger version in service, is among the fastest airliners in service with a high-subsonic cruise speed of 920 km/h. It has an intercontinental range of 13,450 km. The 747-400 passenger version can accommodate 416 passengers in a typical three-class layout.
7: LONG BEACH | Long Beach is a city situated in Los Angeles County in Southern California, on the Pacific coast of the United States. The city is the 36th-largest city in the nation and the seventh-largest in California. The city is a dominant maritime center of the United States. It wields substantial influence critical to the global economy. The Port of Long Beach is the United States' second busiest container port and one of the world's largest shipping ports. The city also maintains a large oil industry with the substance being found both underground and offshore. Manufacturing sectors include those in aircraft, car parts, electronic and audiovisual equipment, and home furnishings. Long Beach has grown with the development of high-technology and aerospace industries in the area. Downtown Long Beach is located approximately 25 miles (40 km) south of downtown Los Angeles.
8: LONG BEACH | LA, California | 14 JULY 2012
9: NAPLES & BEACH Naples consists of three separate islands, divided by canals which open into the bay. Most of the streets on the island have Italianate names. The center of Naples features a large fountain which serves as a popular meeting spot. Long Beach offers singing gondolier trips through the romantic canals of Naples. Along with gondola rides on Lake Merritt, on the Napa River, in Huntington Beach, in Newport Beach, in Redondo Beach, and at The Venetian (Las Vegas), Long Beach is only one of seven places in the Western United States where tourists may ride in a gondola.
13: PINE AVENUE Most of the commercial and restaurant activity is along Pine Avenue and Shoreline Drive. The Pike was the most famous beachside amusement zone on the West Coast from 1902 until 1969, it offered bathers food, games and rides, such at the Dual Ferris Wheel and Cyclone Racer' roller coaster. Gradually the oil industry, Navy shipyard and facilities and port became the mainstays of the city. In the 1950s it was referred to as "Iowa by the sea", due to a large influx of people from that and other Midwestern states.
14: Long Beach after dark is a world like no other--filled with salsa, jazz, classic rock n’ roll and some of the leading sounds on the alternative scene. There are over a dozen great restaurants at The Pike, a state of the art theatre complex and an antique carousel for romantics of all ages.
16: Nightlife in | LONG BEACH
18: Los Angeles
23: Los Angeles Union Station (or LAUS, formerly the Los Angeles Union Passenger Terminal or LAUPT) is the main railway station in Los Angeles, California. The station has rail services by Amtrak (including Amtrak California state-sponsored lines) and Metrolink; light rail/subways are the Metro Rail Red Line, Purple Line, Gold Line. Bus rapid transport runs on the Silver Line. Bus services operate from the Patsaouras Transit Plaza on the east side of the station and others on the north side of the station. The station opened in May 1939, one of a number of union stations in the United States and consolidated remaining service from its predecessors La Grande Station and Central Station. It was built on a grand scale and became known as "Last of the Great Railway Stations" built in the United States. It was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1980. It has been owned by the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority since February 2011. Union Station was partially designed by John Parkinson and Donald B. Parkinson (the Parkinsons) who had also designed Los Angeles City Hall and other landmark Los Angeles buildings.
24: The Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, also called "COLA" and the Los Angeles Cathedral, is a cathedral of the Roman Catholic Church in Los Angeles, California, United States. Opened in 2002, it is the mother church of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles and seat of its archbishop, currently José Horacio Gómez. The cathedral was built to replace the Cathedral of Saint Vibiana, which was severely damaged in the 1994 Northridge earthquake.
26: They say that California has the most beautiful sunsets... partly because of the smog in the sky! Los Angeles has battled its smog problem as far back as the 1940s, when the city was just a fraction of its size today. Now the nation's second-largest city, Los Angeles has worked hard to combat smog,
29: Griffith Observatory. Sitting on the south-facing slope of Mount Hollywood in L.A.'s Griffith Park, it commands a view of the Los Angeles Basin, including Downtown Los Angeles to the southeast, Hollywood to the south, and the Pacific Ocean to the southwest. The observatory is a popular tourist attraction with an extensive array of space and science-related displays. 3,015 acres (12.20 km2) of land surrounding the observatory was donated to the City of Los Angeles by Colonel Griffith J. Griffith on December 16, 1896. In his will Griffith donated funds to build an observatory, exhibit hall, and planetarium on the donated land. As a Works Progress Administration (WPA) project, construction began on June 20, 1933, using a design developed by architect John C. Austin based on preliminary sketches by Russell W. Porter. The observatory and accompanying exhibits were opened to the public on May 14, 1935. In its first five days of operation the observatory logged more than 13,000 visitors. Today, Dr. Ed Krupp is the director of the Observatory.
31: Hollywood is a district in Los Angeles, California, United States situated west-northwest of downtown Los Angeles. Due to its fame and cultural identity as the historical center of movie studios and movie stars, the word Hollywood is often used as a metonym of American cinema. Even though much of the movie industry has dispersed into surrounding areas such as West Los Angeles and the San Fernando and Santa Clarita Valleys, significant auxiliary industries, such as editing, effects, props, post-production, and lighting companies remain in Hollywood, as does the backlot of Paramount Pictures. The film patent wars of the early 20th century led to the spread of film companies across the U.S. Many worked with equipment for which they did not own the rights, and thus filming in New York could be dangerous; it was close to Edison's Company headquarters, and to agents the company set out to seize cameras. By 1912, most major film companies had set up production facilities in Southern California near or in Los Angeles because of the location's proximity to Mexico, as well as the region's favorable year-round weather. By 1911, Los Angeles was second only to New York in motion picture production, and by 1915, the majority of American films were being produced in the Los Angeles area. Four major film companies – Paramount, Warner Bros., RKO and Columbia – had studios in Hollywood. The residential and agrarian Hollywood Boulevard of 1910 was virtually un-recognizable by 1920 as the new commercial and retail sector replaced it. The sleepy town was no more, and, to the chagrin of many original residents, the boom town could not be stopped.
34: Nightlife has a special place in the heart of Los Angeles. This city offers one of the most diverse arrays of bars and clubs. LA is one of the busiest cities where one slaves away as a soldier all day working the 9-5 shift and then whisks away the nights and weekends in its vast nightlife scene. The Los Angeles nightlife scene is packed with something for everyone’s taste: rooftop lounges in the Valley, thumping celebrity havens all throughout.