Archive: Architecture

1-Day Downtown Los Angeles Walking Itinerary

Posted on Jul 9, 2017 by Tom Bricker  •  Itineraries & Tours  •  4 Comments

If you only have one day in downtown Los Angeles and want to take a walking tour of DTLA’s best things to do, this is the step-by-step touring plan for you. This is full-day Los Angeles itinerary covers the city’s relatively compact downtown area, and does not require the use of a car or public transportation […]

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Chateau Montpoupon Review & Tips

Posted on Jun 4, 2017 by Tom Bricker  •  Points of Interest  •  3 Comments

Château de Montpoupon is a castle in the Loire Valley east of Tours, in a picturesque valley at the edge of a forest. We were big fans of this stop on our recent trip to France, and in this post, we’ll make the case for visiting Château de Montpoupon, sharing some photos along the way. […]

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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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Tips for Visiting Hollywood, California

Posted on May 1, 2017 by Tom Bricker  •  Tips  •  21 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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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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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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Dolby Theatre Tour Review

Posted on Mar 23, 2017 by Tom Bricker  •  Points of Interest  •  No Comments

The Dolby Theatre, located in Hollywood, California is the permanent home of the Oscars and various other events. Guided tours of the Dolby Theatre are available multiple times per day, lasting around 30 minutes each. In this post, we will review our recent experience on the Dolby Theatre guided tour. In theory, the Dolby Theatre […]

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Fushimi Inari Shrine Photos & Tips

Posted on Mar 21, 2017 by Tom Bricker  •  Points of Interest  •  15 Comments

Fushimi Inari is a shrine in Kyoto, Japan with thousands of vermilion torii gates stretching as far as the eye can see. This post reviews, includes photos, and offers tips for visiting Fushimi Inari, sometimes known as the “Fox Shrine” in Kyoto. Foxes are so prominent at Fushimi Inari because Inari, the Shinto god of rice, […]

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