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Via Jaunted – The Pop Culture Travel Guide
Academy Award winner Anjelica Huston is no stranger to traveling. The actress has spent plenty of years living in Ireland, England, and New York, though she spends the majority of her time in her native Los Angeles, where she’s filmed some of her best movies. Huston, who was a regular cast member on NBC’s recently cancelled Smash, is originally from Santa Monica and spent years living in Venice Beach. We’re not surprised that some of her favorite places in the world are in and around the city she calls home. We caught up with Anjelica, who shared five of her favorite things about Los Angeles.
1. Hollywood Park and Theaters
“It’s sadly not what it used to be, but I will always love Hollywood Park. It was a really nice thing, to go [horse] racing here. I would go here then go to some theaters. The Wilshire Ebell is a great theater, and the Geffen Playhouse is one of my favorites. Obviously, Grauman’s Chinese is a great theater, as well.”
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We’ve got a thing for hotel helipads (check out the one time we visited one in Hong Kong) so when we saw this photo of the helipad at the Loews Hollywood, our knees got a little weak. And not just because the helipad is so high up.
For starters, we didn’t even know that the Loews had a helipad. So that’s pretty baller (and obviously useful too in emergency situations.) Second, look. at. that. view. Spectacular.
The hotel, in the heart of Hollywood near the Dobly Theater, aka home of The Oscars, is currently undergoing a $ 31 million top-to-bottom renovation that’s expected to be finished in March. Just in time for the red carpet to be rolled out.
We’ll have more on the new Loews (it was formerly a Renaissance Hotel) in the new year so stay tuned!
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The world is officially in “Countdown to Christmas” mode and now, so are we. Every day until Christmas we’ll be featuring a hotel that’s in a holiday mood–whether it be with gigantic gingerbread houses, over-the-top Christmas decorations, thrilling lighting displays and best of all, Santa appearances. But of course, any hotel can assemble a fake tree, put on some lights and declare themselves “festive.” Which is why we’re looking at hotels that are really going ALL OUT. Know of a hotel that’s super excited for Christmas? Let us know!
Earlier this week, we were stunned by the Laduree Macaron Christmas Tree at the InterContinental Paris Le Grand Hotel. Today, there’s another macaron creation to drool over, The Nutcracker at the Ritz-Carlton Boston Common which stands 14-feet tall and consists entirely of gingerbread macarons. Below are some fun facts from Chef Andrew Yeo about the structure, which apparently needs daily touch-ups because hungry guests keep filching macarons from it!
· The Nutcracker is made out of 20 pounds of almond flour, 100 pounds of granulated sugar, five pounds of water and 4,106 egg whites.
· In total, that’s more than 3,000 macarons, flavored with cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla, ginger, clove and almond.
· Using the hotel’s entire pastry team, it took about a week to build from start to finish.
· Yeo was inspired by a gift he received earlier in the year from Laduree Paris and that set his mind on doing something for the holidays with macarons.
· Last year, the hotel built a life-sized gingerbread house that housed a gift shop for the Boston Ballet. This year, they wanted to go bigger yet still incorporate the ballet. Thus The Nutcracker, which comes to life next door at the Opera House.
· Lastly, the figure is 14-feet-tall to celebrate 2014. Clever!
The hotel still has rooms open for Christmas starting at $ 395 a night. The hotel also has a Nutcracker Suite package available that includes a stay in a luxury suite with holiday trimmings and elements inspired by Boston Ballet’s The Nutcracker, a Teddy Bear tuck-in service, a saint pointe shoe autographed by a Boston Ballet company dancer, a CD recording of The Nutcracker and a Sugar Plum inspired bubble bath drawn by butler. Fancy! But it costs $ 995 a night.
When the only thing that you can think about is your next vacation, you probably find yourself daydreaming about the trip, planning what you’ll pack, and reminding your work that you need time off. You probably don’t think about what you need to take care of at home. Whether you’re a frequent traveler or a traveling novice, you need to be aware of some forgotten worries.
Motion Sensor Garage Lights
Adding motion sensor lights on your garage and home will give the illusion that someone is watching. These lights automatically come on when anything passes in front, including animals and people. That sudden burst of light will scare a potential robber into looking for another target.
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Although Willa Cather is mostly associated with the state of Nebraska, New Mexico can also claim a connection to this great American writer. The Cathedral of St. Francis of Assisi, located in downtown Santa Fe near the plaza, serves as the backdrop for Cather’s 1927 novel Death Comes for the Archbishop.
Though many of the events in the book are fictional, it’s inspired by the true story of the French priest who came to the newly-named state of New Mexico to found an archdiocese. Jean-Baptiste Lamy was the real French priest on whom the story is based, and his legacy is still evident in the Land of Enchantment; there’s even a town named Lamy after him.
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Guest contributor Lisa Niver Rajna and her husband George are currently in the midst of their second year traveling around the world. Here she shares a story from her continuing travels, regarding scuba dive sites in Palau. – Ed.
After recently snorkeling with whale sharks in the Philippines and scuba diving among a tornado of barracuda off Sipadan, Borneo, I wondered if Palau scuba diving would live up to the hype. Scuba dive sites in Palau are famously wonderful and teeming with marine life; I had been informed that some of the best dive sites in the world were situated at the edge of paradise in Palau’s Rock Islands. Our day out with Neco Marine Dive shop did not disappoint. From the moment of our arrival in the shop, the entire dive team — especially Dive Instructor Dale — went above and beyond the call of duty.