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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Tips for Visiting Hollywood, California

Posted on May 1, 2017 by Tom Bricker  •  Tips  •  20 Comments

Hollywood. Tinseltown. Showbiz City. This post offers planning tips for visiting the neighborhood in Los Angeles that has a reputation as being the epicenter of the film business, a glamorous spot to rub elbows with celebrities. With the Oscars showcasing the glitz and splendor of Hollywood tonight, I thought this would be a perfect post […]

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Paris Museum Pass: Is It Worth It?

Posted on Apr 30, 2017 by Tom Bricker  •  Tips  •  5 Comments

The Paris Museum Pass provides unlimited admission to over 50 museums and monuments in and around Paris, France for “free” without waiting in line. In this review, we’ll take a look at whether the Paris Museum Pass is worth purchasing (in other words, it’s not actually free admission to those museums–it’s an all-inclusive paid pass) […]

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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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Best Castles in France’s Loire Valley

Posted on Apr 24, 2017 by Tom Bricker  •  Points of Interest, Tips  •  5 Comments

Following our recent trip to France, we’ve visited Loire Valley twice, and have spent all of our time there touring the beautiful castles, manors, and country houses that comprise the châteaux of the region. (Well, touring the châteaux and eating!) Based on our experiences, I thought I’d rank the château we’ve visited. Note that this is […]

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Best Ramen in Los Angeles: Tsujita LA v. Daikokuya

Posted on Apr 19, 2017 by Tom Bricker  •  Dining  •  2 Comments

Thanks to Little Tokyo and Little Osaka, Los Angeles has a thriving Japanese culinary scene, which is probably best evidenced in its many delicious ramen shops. We’ve tried many of these restaurants in Sawtelle and Little Tokyo, and think the two best choices for ramen are Tsujita LA and Daikokuya. It would seem that many […]

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Madame Tussauds Hollywood Review

Posted on Apr 15, 2017 by Tom Bricker  •  Points of Interest  •  7 Comments

Honestly, I don’t even know where to begin with this review of Madame Tussauds Hollywood. Out of all the things to do in Los Angeles, I never expected that I’d actually visit this wax figure museum. In fact, it’s been something of a running joke between Sarah and I. We go somewhere that has a […]

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Osaka Castle Tips & Review

Posted on Apr 12, 2017 by Tom Bricker  •  Points of Interest  •  2 Comments

Osaka Castle (大阪城, Ōsakajō) is one of Japan’s most popular tourist attractions, with millions of people visiting the iconic landmark each year, particularly during cherry blossom season when there are special hanami parties and night illuminations. I’ve had the chance to visit both during sakura season and regular times of year, and will share some […]

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