Archive: Points of Interest

Pu’uhonua o Hōnaunau National Historical Park Review & Tips

Posted on May 18, 2017 by Tom Bricker  •  Points of Interest  •  No Comments

Pu’uhonua o Hōnaunau National Historical Park is a coastal park on the big island of Hawaii. In this post, I’ll review the park, share some photos I took when we went here, and offer some tips for visiting. First, a bit of filler. Uh, I mean background… Pu’uhonua o Hōnaunau National Historical Park contains 420 acres […]

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Learn From Our Mistake: Sainte-Chapelle is a Paris Must-Do!

Posted on May 16, 2017 by Tom Bricker  •  Points of Interest  •  12 Comments

Sainte-Chapelle is a Gothic chapel in Paris, France, about a block from Notre Dame Cathedral. In this post, we’ll cover tips for visiting, offer our review, share photos, and also where we’d slot Sainte-Chapelle into an itinerary of Paris. First, an admission that we goofed. We had never visited Sainte-Chapelle until our most recent trip […]

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Louvre Museum Review & Tips

Posted on May 14, 2017 by Tom Bricker  •  Points of Interest  •  11 Comments

Musée du Louvre in Paris is probably not best viewed as a museum, at least for planning purposes. Think of it as Wal-Mart on Black Friday, except instead of racing for cheap TVs inside of an ugly big-box, you’re trying to get inside a veritable palace to see stunning works of art. As poor of […]

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The Broad Art Museum Review & Tips

Posted on May 10, 2017 by Tom Bricker  •  Points of Interest  •  2 Comments

The Broad is a free museum in downtown Los Angeles, California with an impressive collection of contemporary art, including conceptual art. It’s an impressive museum that cost $140 million to build only a couple of years ago. This review of the Broad offers photos from inside its galleries, tips for visiting, and pros and cons […]

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Musee d’Orsay Tips & Review

Posted on May 9, 2017 by Tom Bricker  •  Points of Interest  •  13 Comments

Musée d’Orsay houses one of the world’s top Impressionist art collections, and is one of the best museums in Paris, France. In this post, In this post, I’ll offer some thoughts on why I love Musée d’Orsay, some tips for best-experiencing this incredibly busy museum, and more. Calling Musée d’Orsay a hidden gem would not be […]

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El Matador State Beach: Malibu’s Megastar

Posted on May 4, 2017 by Tom Bricker  •  Points of Interest  •  No Comments

Southern California has a lot of incredible beaches, but without question, the best beach near Los Angeles is El Matador State Beach in Malibu, which is one of the pocket beaches in Robert H. Meyer Memorial State Beach (all of which are part of the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area). In this post, I’ll […]

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The Hollywood Museum Review & Tips

Posted on May 2, 2017 by Tom Bricker  •  Points of Interest  •  No Comments

My expectations for the Hollywood Museum were not high. I had walked passed it many times while wandering around Hollywood & Highland to show visitors the Walk of Fame, Grauman’s, and other tourist-y spots that are on everyone’s bucket list. In this post, I’ll review the Hollywood Museum and offer some tips for visiting it. […]

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California Science Center Review & Tips

Posted on May 1, 2017 by Tom Bricker  •  Points of Interest  •  No Comments

The California Science Center is a free museum in Los Angeles offering interactive exhibits focusing on innovation, technology, the environment, and more. In this post, we’ll review this popular science museum, and share some tips for making the most of your visit to the California Science Center. If you’ve heard of the California Science Center, there’s […]

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Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County Review & Tips

Posted on Apr 26, 2017 by Tom Bricker  •  Points of Interest  •  4 Comments

The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County is the largest museum of its type in California (and throughout the West), with 35 million specimens, spanning exhibits on dinosaurs, birds, gems & minerals, and more. The museum features dioramas, fossils, and a variety of interactive displays. In this post, we’ll review the Natural History Museum of […]

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Nijo Castle Review & Tips

Posted on Apr 25, 2017 by Tom Bricker  •  Points of Interest  •  4 Comments

Nijo Castle (二条城, Nijōjō) is a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Kyoto, Japan that is the former residence of Shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu. We’ll review the prestigious Japanese castle in this post and share some of our tips for visiting. While the construction of this site began in 1601, when the Shogunate ordered all the feudal lords […]

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