Exploring with Detour: Downtown Los Angeles

I took another tour of Los Angeles using the Detour app, which is a free app where you can download audio tours and use your phone’s GPS to explore cities. This tour was called “Downtown: Gateway to the City of Angels,” and it was all about the story of immigrants coming to Los Angeles to build a life and the cultures they brought with them.

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Exploring with Detour: Venice Beach


If you’ve ever wanted to experience a city through an audio tour – all on your own time, right from your phone – you should check out the app called Detour. This adventure was a walking tour of Venice Beach complete with a full history of founder Abbot Kinney, the original Venice of America, and the arts district it is today.

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Seattle has been one of those places that I always wanted to visit.

So when my friend was having her bachelorette party in Seattle for a weekend, of course I had to go! We spent 48 hours in this city (not to mention the 20 hours it took to get home. Thanks, canceled flight…). We got to see some sights, spend some time with the bridal party, and take in all Seattle had to offer for the weekend. Continue reading

LA Walking Tour: Broadway Theatres

Roxie Theatre, an art deco movie palace.

Roxie Theatre, an art deco movie palace.

The Los Angeles Conservancy offers walking tours of iconic locations throughout Los Angeles. One of their tours takes you through the history of Broadway, which was LA’s prime spot for vaudeville, theatres, and early movies. The street’s history echoes of a bustling past with movie stars, successful business tycoons, and opulent department stores. Present day, the street doesn’t seem like much, but organizations like the Los Angeles Conservancy work to renovate and reimagine uses for the run-down theatres, lofts, and buildings that occupy Broadway today. Continue reading

Howe-Waffle House & Architectural Tour

IMG_5251Welcome to my first post-graduation post! Thanks for coming back!

This post is about the Dr. Howe-Waffle House and Medical Museum in Santa Ana, CA. I had seen advertised that the Santa Ana Preservation Society was going to be hosting a Gatsby Lawn Party at this location, so of course, I had to attend. The house, built in 1889 (the year Orange County became a county) was decked out in true 1920s fashion, complete with docents dressed in period piece costumes. I was able to tour the house, which they had fashioned into F. Scott Fitzgerald’s abode for the day.

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