What was the Deir Yassin massacre?

Early in the morning of Friday, April 9, 1948, commandos of the Irgun, headed by Menachem Begin, and the Stern Gang attacked Deir Yassin, a village with about 750 Palestinian residents. It was several weeks before the end of the British Mandate. The village lay outside of the area that the United Nations recommended be included in a future Jewish State. Deir Yassin had a peaceful reputation and was even said by a Jewish newspaper to have driven out some Arab militants. But it was located on high ground in the corridor between Tel Aviv and Jerusalem and one plan, kept secret until years afterwards, called for it to be destroyed and the residents evacuated to make way for a small airfield that would supply the beleaguered Jewish residents of Jerusalem. By noon over 100 people, half of them women and children, had been systematically murdered. Four commandos died at the hands of resisting Palestinians using old Mausers and muskets. Twenty-five male villagers were loaded into trucks, paraded through the Zakhron Yosef quarter in Jerusalem, and then taken to a stone quarry along the road between Givat Shaul and Deir Yassin and shot to death. The remaining residents were driven to Arab East Jerusalem. That evening the Irgunists and the Sternists escorted a party of foreign correspondents to a house at Givat Shaul, a nearby Jewish settlement founded in 1906. Over tea and cookies they amplified the details of the operation and justified it, saying Deir Yassin had become a concentration point for Arabs, including Syrians and Iraqis, planning to attack the western suburbs of Jerusalem. They said that 25 members of the Haganah militia had reinforced the attack and claimed that an Arabic-speaking Jew had warned the villagers over a loudspeaker from an armored car. This was duly reported in The New York Times on April 10. A final body count of 254 was reported by The New York Times on April 13, a day after they were finally buried. By then the leaders of the Haganah had distanced themselves from having participated in the attack and issued a statement denouncing the dissidents of Irgun and the Stern Gang, just as they had after the attack on the King David Hotel in July 1946. A 1987 study undertaken by Birzeit University's Center for Research and Documentation of Palestinian Society found "the numbers of those killed does not exceed 120". The Haganah leaders admitted that the massacre "disgraced the cause of Jewish fighters and dishonored Jewish arms and the Jewish flag." They played down the fact that their militia had reinforced the terrorists' attack, even though they did not participate in the barbarism and looting during the subsequent "mopping up" operations. They also played down the fact that, in Begin's words, "Deir Yassin was captured with the knowledge of the Haganah and with the approval of its commander" as a part of its "plan for establishing an airfield." Ben Gurion even sent an apology to King Abdullah of Trans-Jordan. But this horrific act served the future State of Israel well. According to Begin: Arabs throughout the country, induced to believe wild tales of "Irgun butchery," were seized with limitless panic and started to flee for their lives. This mass flight soon developed into a maddened, uncontrollable stampede. The political and economic significance of this development can hardly be overestimated. Of about 144 houses, 10 were dynamited. The cemetery was later bulldozed and, like hundreds of other Palestinian villages to follow, Deir Yassin was wiped off the map. By September, Orthodox Jewish immigrants from Poland, Rumania, and Slovakia were settled there over the objections of Martin Buber, Cecil Roth and other Jewish leaders, who believed that the site of the massacre should be left uninhabited. The center of the village was renamed Givat Shaul Bet. As Jerusalem expanded, the land of Deir Yassin became part of the city and is now known simply as the area between Givat Shaul and the settlement of Har Nof on the western slopes of the mountain. The massacre of Palestinians at Deir Yassin is one of the most significant events in 20th-century Palestinian and Israeli history. This is not because of its size or its brutality, but because it stands as the starkest early warning of a calculated depopulation of over 400 Arab villages and cities and the expulsion of over 700,000 Palestinian inhabitants to make room for survivors of the Holocaust and other Jews from the rest of the world.

On the way to work tonight, I heard a familiar song by the rock group CHICAGO on the radio...?

"The song "25 or 6 to 4" appeared on "Chicago II" and was written by organist/vocalist Robert Lamm. The title and lyrics have puzzled many since it appeared in 1970. Some say it's a drug reference, suggesting a unit of measurement involving the quantity of joints that can be rolled from a what-used-to-be dime bag. Some feel it's about looking for spiritual revelation, undergoing a mysterious soul-searching journey. Perhaps you're too young to recall that in the late '60s and '70s it was a popular parlour game--if not quite an intellectual pursuit--to read hidden messages and double meanings into song lyrics. Many people thought "Hey Jude" was about shooting heroin. Just about everything Bob Dylan wrote went through hours of scrutiny by his fans. Did you ever check into the "Hotel California" by the Eagles? Many of the Rolling Stones songs were supposedly about drugs, though it's hard to ignore the more explicit meanings ("You make a dead man come.") What about "I Am the Walrus," which was supposedly written on an acid trip about Paul McCartney's greatly exaggerated and rumored demise? Goo goo g'joob, baby. Lamm says it's simpler than that. "The song is about writing a song. It's not mystical," he says. Take a look at some of the lyrics: Waiting for the break of day--He's been up all night and now it's getting close to sunrise. Searching for something to say--Trying to think of song lyrics. Flashing lights against the sky--Perhaps stars or the traditional flashing neon hotel sign. Giving up I close my eyes--He's exhausted and his eyes hurt from being open too long, so he closes them. Staring blindly into space--This expression can be seen often on the faces of writers and reporters. Trust me. Getting up to splash my face--Something you do when you're trying to stay awake, though a good cup of Starbuck's does wonders for Cecil and me. Wanting just to stay awake, wondering how much I can take--How far can he push himself to get the song done? Should I try to do some more?--This is the line that makes many think it's a drug song. But it is just as easily construed as a frustrated writer wondering if he should try to do some more lyrics/songwriting. As for the curious title, Lamm says, "It's just a reference to the time of day"--as in "waiting for the break of day" at 25 or (2)6 minutes to 4 a.m. (3:35 or 3:34 a.m.) I think we can take Lamm's word for the whole thing. Because, when it's that early in the morning, does anybody really know what time it is?" (Should note that "Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?" is another great Chicago song - Hank)

On the way to work tonight, I heard a familiar song by the rock group CHICAGO on the radio...?

"The song "25 or 6 to 4" appeared on "Chicago II" and was written by organist/vocalist Robert Lamm. The title and lyrics have puzzled many since it appeared in 1970. Some say it's a drug reference, suggesting a unit of measurement involving the quantity of joints that can be rolled from a what-used-to-be dime bag. Some feel it's about looking for spiritual revelation, undergoing a mysterious soul-searching journey. Perhaps you're too young to recall that in the late '60s and '70s it was a popular parlour game--if not quite an intellectual pursuit--to read hidden messages and double meanings into song lyrics. Many people thought "Hey Jude" was about shooting heroin. Just about everything Bob Dylan wrote went through hours of scrutiny by his fans. Did you ever check into the "Hotel California" by the Eagles? Many of the Rolling Stones songs were supposedly about drugs, though it's hard to ignore the more explicit meanings ("You make a dead man come.") What about "I Am the Walrus," which was supposedly written on an acid trip about Paul McCartney's greatly exaggerated and rumored demise? Goo goo g'joob, baby. Lamm says it's simpler than that. "The song is about writing a song. It's not mystical," he says. Take a look at some of the lyrics: Waiting for the break of day--He's been up all night and now it's getting close to sunrise. Searching for something to say--Trying to think of song lyrics. Flashing lights against the sky--Perhaps stars or the traditional flashing neon hotel sign. Giving up I close my eyes--He's exhausted and his eyes hurt from being open too long, so he closes them. Staring blindly into space--This expression can be seen often on the faces of writers and reporters. Trust me. Getting up to splash my face--Something you do when you're trying to stay awake, though a good cup of Starbuck's does wonders for Cecil and me. Wanting just to stay awake, wondering how much I can take--How far can he push himself to get the song done? Should I try to do some more?--This is the line that makes many think it's a drug song. But it is just as easily construed as a frustrated writer wondering if he should try to do some more lyrics/songwriting. As for the curious title, Lamm says, "It's just a reference to the time of day"--as in "waiting for the break of day" at 25 or (2)6 minutes to 4 a.m. (3:35 or 3:34 a.m.) I think we can take Lamm's word for the whole thing. Because, when it's that early in the morning, does anybody really know what time it is?" (Should note that "Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?" is another great Chicago song - Hank)

When does first time Golden Globe Award has been given?

The first Golden Globe Awards were held in 1944, at the 20th Century Fox studios. It has since been held annually, at various locations. Throughout the next decade, it will be held at the Beverly Hills Hotel, and the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel. In 1950, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association made the decision to establish a special award that recognizes outstanding contributions to the entertainment industry. To give importance to the award and recognize its subject as an international figure in the entertainment industry, the initial award was presented to director and producer Cecil B. DeMille. The official name of the award thus became the Cecil B. DeMille Award. In 1963, the Miss Golden Globe concept was introduced. In its inaugural year, two Miss Golden Globes were awarded, one for film and one for television. They were respectively, Eva Six (of the films Operation Bikini and Beach Party) and Donna Douglas (of television's The Beverly Hillbillies). In 1964, the national telecast was distributed through a special segment on The Andy Williams Show.

do they have this stuff in egypt?

Kelly: It is surprising how many people know LITTLE or NOTHING about Egypt. I was one of them, until my first visit in 1979. I expected to be confronted with cobras and crocodiles at every turn. Needless to say, having lived and worked in and visited Egypt every year since...I have fallen passionately in love with the country and the people. My first surprise was CAIRO. A huge, awesome, frightening, chaotic, fascinating and absolutely marvelous city. The LARGEST in Africa. And equipped with everything the West has to offer, PLUS the greatest open air museums and Bazaars in the world!! Two of Cairo's hotel gems are the Marriott 'Palace' built around the original palace designed to accomodate the French Empress Eugenie (and other European royalty), when they were invited to attend the opening ceremonies for the Suez Canal in 1872...and the stunning Mena House, in the shadow of the Pyramids...once a Royal hunting lodge...If includes the finest Indian restaurant in the ENTIRE world. Then came Alexandria, and it's beautiful Meditteranean beaches and turn of the century patisseries and restaurants. (the worlds BEST fish restaurants...with a delectable selection that almost jumps right from the Meditteranean to your table). Hotels ranging from Ultra Deluxe to perfect little 2-star gems (which I wish would remain a well guarded secret). Once the most cosmopolitan City in the world, It still retains vestiges of it's former glory...including the Cecil Hotel, which was the favorite haunt of the rich and famous like Winston Churchill, Noel Coward, Somerset Maugham and sundry European royalty. Luxor is unsurpassed as the repository of more archeological sites than most anywhere else in the world...including the Valley of the Kings (and the tombs of the boy-king Tutankhamum, the great Ramses II, and 70 more of Egypts ancient Pharoahs. The Karnak Temple...the worlds LARGEST religious site. And it still boasts the fabulous Winter Palace Hotel (recently restored) and one of the favorite vacation spots for King Farouk (and his father King Foud)...their royal suites are still intact and are shown to guests. The Winter Palace was the favorite spa of the Victorians and Edwardians taking the 'Grand Tour'. Taking a Cruise on the Nile is pure luxury...with guest being pampered and petted and spoiled on what amount to gorgeous floating hotels!. There are now more than 400 Cruise boats to choose from, offereing cruises from 4 to 8 nights. . They ply the Nile between Luxor and Aswan . (Middle Egypt to Southern Egypt) Fun, food and glorious sunshine. Aswan, in the far south of Egypt has become my favorite vacation venue. Once the old kingdom of Nubia, it is probably the most laid back and relaxing city in all of Egypt. The Nubian people are among the friendliest in the world...hospitable, generous, courteous and they make delightful friends. The Nile is at it's most beautiful, in Aswan, especially when viewed from the stunning OLD CATARACT hotel, the Victorian watering hole that hosted Agatha Christie when she wrote "Death On The Nile"...and also the location where filming was done for the movie. Aswan also boast a number of Island spas and resorts, away from the hustle and bustle of traffic and noise....each with their own 'launches' that ferry passengers from Aswan city, 24 hours per day. Put Egypt high up on your list of MUST DO places. You will NOT be disappointed. You will not find friendlier, more welcoming and hospitable people in the world.

What's a colita from hotel california?

from uncle cecil at the straight dope "Personally I had the idea colitas was a type of desert flower. Apparently not. Type "colitas" into a Web search engine and you get about 50 song-lyric hits plus, curiously, a bunch of citations from Mexican and Spanish restaurant menus. Hmm, one thinks, were the Eagles rhapsodizing about the smell of some good carryout? We asked some native Spanish speakers and learned that colitas is the diminutive feminine plural of the Spanish cola, tail. Little tail. Looking for a little . . . we suddenly recalled a (male) friend's guess that colitas referred to a certain feature of the female anatomy. We paused. Naah. Back to those menus. "Colitas de langosta enchiladas" was baby lobster tails simmered in hot sauce with Spanish rice. One thinks: you know, I could write a love song around a phrase like that. Enough of these distractions. By and by a denizen of soc.culture.spain wrote: "Colitas is little tails, but here the author is referring to 'colas,' the tip of a marijuana branch, where it is more potent and with more sap (said to be the best part of the leaves)." We knew with an instant shock of certainty that this was the correct interpretation. The Eagles, with the prescience given only to true artists, were touting the virtues of high-quality industrial hemp! And to think some people thought this song was about drugs. OUR SUSPICIONS CONFIRMED This E-mail just in from Eagles management honcho Irving Azoff: "In response to your [recent] memo, in 1976, during the writing of the song 'Hotel California' by Messrs. Henley and Frey, the word `colitas' was translated for them by their Mexican-American road manager as 'little buds.' You have obviously already done the necessary extrapolation. Thank you for your inquiry.""

Who are the freemasons?

Freemason - A member of the Free and Accepted Masons (sometimes entitled Ancient Free and Accepted Masons), an international fraternal and charitable organization freemason - A member of a guild of skilled itinerant masons during the Middle Ages LIST OF FAMOUS FREEMASONS US-PRESIDENTS: George Washington, James Monroe, Andrew Jackson, James Polk, James Buchanan, Andrew Johnson, James Garfield, William McKinley, Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, Warren G. Harding, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Harry S. Truman, Lyndon B. Johnson, Gerald R. Ford. POLITICAL LEADERS WORLD WIDE: Winston Churchill, Simon Bolivar, Edmund Burke, Benito Juarez, Edward VII, Geroge VI, Bernardo O'Higgins, José de San Martin, Francisco de Paula Santander, José Rizal, José Marti, Pandit Nehru, Lajos Kossuth, Jonas Furrer, Guiseppe Mazzini, Eduard Benes, John A. MacDonald, Aaron Burr, George McGovern, Barry Goldwater, Estes Kefauer, Thomas E. Dewey, Alf Landon, Hubert H. Humphrey, Wendel Wilke, W.E.B. DuBois, William Jennings Bryant, King Hussein of Jordan, Yasser Arafat, Francois Mitterand, Helmut Kohl, Gerhard Shroeder, Tony Blair, Yikzak Rabbin, Cecil Rhodes, Sir John J.C. Abbott, Stephen F. Austin, John G. Diefenbaker, Samuel J. Ervin Jr. (Watergate committee), Benjamin Franklin, John Hancock, Patrick Henry, Rev. Jesse Jackson, Sam Nunn, Lowell Thomas (brough Lawrence of Arabia to pub. not.), Gov. George C. Wallace, Strom Thurman, Jesse Helms, Robert Dole, Jack Kemp, Al Gore, Prince Phillip (GB), Zbigniew Brzezinski, Lord Peter Carrington, Andrew Carnegie, W. Averell Harriman, Henry Kissinger, Richard D. Heideman, Robert McNamara. MILITARY LEADERS: Omar Bradley, John J. Pershing, Douglas McArthur, General Winfield Scott, Captain Eddie Rickenbacker, Jimmy Doolittle, General Mark Clarkem General George C. Marshall, General Henry "Hap" Arnold, John Paul Jones, Afred von Tirpitz (submarine warfare) ARTISTS AND ENTERTAINERS: W.A. Mozart, Leopold Mozart, Ludwig van Beethoven, Jean Sibelius, Franz Liszt, Josef Haydn, Irving Berlin, Gutzon Borglum, Charles Peale, Alfons M. Mucha, Richard Wagner, John Philip Sousa, Gilbert & Sullivan, George Gershwin, George M. Cohen, Count Basie, Louise Armstrong, Nat King Cole, Giacomo Meyerbeer, Sigmund Romberg, John Wayne, Red Skelton, Clarke Gable, W.C. Fields, Will Rogers, Burl Ives, Roy Rogers, Danny Thomas, Ernest Borgnine, Oliver Hardy, Tom Mix, Audie Murphy, Gene Autry, Wallace Beery, Eddie Cantor, Roy Clarke, George M. Cohan, Walt Disney, Duke Ellington, Douglas Fairbanks, Leonardo da Vinci, Arthur Godfrey, Bob Hope, Harry Houdini, Al Jolson, Elmo Lincoln (Tarzan), Harold C. Lloyd,.jr, Tom Mix, Ronald Reagan, Will Rogers, Peter Sellers, William Shakespeare, Charles "Tom Thumb" Stratton, Paul Whiteman (King of Jazz), William Wyler (dir. of Ben Hur), Cecil B. DeMille, Sir Arthur Sullivan, John Zoffany. MOVIE INDUSTRY: Jack Warner, Louise B. Mayer (MGM), Darryl F. Zanuck (20th Century Fox) INDUSTRY, TRADE, BANKING AND LABOR: Henry Ford, Samuel Gompers, Walter P. Chrysler, John Wanamaker, S.S. Kresge, J.C. Penney, John Jacob Astor, John L. Lewis, Pehr G. Gyllenhammar (Volvo), Percy Barnevik (ABB), André Citroën, Samuel Colt (Colt revolver), Edwin L. Drake (oil), Rockefeller family, Rothschild family, King C. Gillette (Razors), Charles C. Hilton (Hilton hotels), Sir Thomas Lipton (Tea), Harry S. New (Airmail), Ransom E. Olds (Oldsmobile), David Sarnoff (father of TV), John W. Teets, Dave Thomas (Wendy's Rest.), Edgar Bronfman Jr. (Seagram Whiskey), Rich DeVos (Amway), Alan Greenspan (Fed. Reserve), Giovanni Agnelli (FIAT), Peter Wallenberg (SE-Bank Sweden) ADVENTURERS: Lewis & Clarke, Charles A. Lindbergh, Kit Carson, Roald Amundsen, Admiral Richard Byrd, Commodore Robert Peary, Kit Carson, Casanova, William "Buffalo Bill" Cody, Davy Crockett, Meriwether Lewis, Robert E. Peary (Northpole) PHILOSOPHERS: Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Gotthold E. Lessing, Voltaire ASTRONAUTS: Buzz Aldrin, Leroy Gordon Cooper, Donn Eisele, Virgil I. Grissom, Edgar D. Mitchell, Walter Schirra Jr., Thomas P. Stafford, Paul Weitz, James Irvin, John Glenn WRITERS: Mark Twain, Sir Walter Scott, Rudyard Kipling, Robert Burns, Wassily I. Maikow, Heinrich Heine, Jean P.C. de Florian, Leopoldo Lugoner, Antonio de Castro Alves, James Boswell, Alexander Pushkin, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Jonathan Swift, Oscar Wilde, Jules Verne, H.G. Wells, Robert Burns, Carlo Collodi (Pinoccio), Edward Gibbon, Francis Scott Key (US NAtional Anthem), Rudyard Kipling, Felix Salten (Bambi), Lewis Wallace (Ben Hur), Alexander Pope MEDICINE: Alexander Fleming (Penicillin), Jules Bordet, Antoine DePage, Edward Jenner, Charles & William Mayo, Karl & William Menninger, Karl A. Menninger (psychiatrist), Andrew T. Still (Osteopathy) SCIENCE: Carl Sagan, Hans C. Orsted, J.J Frk. von Berzelius, Alfred Edmund Brehms, Luther Burbank, Johan Ernst Gunnerus, Albert Abraham Michelson (measured speed of light), Gaspard Monge, C.F.S.

green belt task?

In Wole Soyinka’s The Trials of Brother Jero, The ‘man of God’ in one of his few moments of self-realization, confession and truth said that he, like most of his fellow ‘men of God’ and charlatans either had followers already or were always looking for followers, this self- confession can not be any truer in Igbo land today. Our situation is not only critical, but also pitiful, we have reached the crossroads or the half-moon junction as some may chose to describe it, signposted in different directions, there is no get-out clause in our condition, it is like all the options at the moment lead to doom, and even further crises, a situation Robert Ludlum will describe as the devil’s alternative. The so called Igbo elites and ‘leaders’ are to blame for our present predicament, what have they done for Ndigbo? What policies have they Influenced to the benefits and advantage of Ndigbo? What roads, schools and markets have they built? How many scholarships have they awarded? How many development initiatives have they birthed in Igboland? We are no better than we were before they began this their leadership quest and craze. We are still a people who self –sponsor (through self –help community projects) the basic amenities we enjoy, this is despite their past and present participation and involvement in successive governments in Nigeria, as well as their healthy economic and financial standings. The increasing proliferation and mushrooming of Igbo socio-political organisations have not helped our cause any further, this is because some of these self – serving ‘leaders’ and novices only think about themselves and their immediate families. By whichever name they go by, Pan – Ndigbo this, Oha that, World Igbo this and so on, it is still the same old song, the fancy names of some of such organizations are not enough to hide their selfish and crafty intentions, which is to use such forums and their alleged Igbo followership as spring boards and negotiating aces in political appointment round tables, and also to score cheap political points, after which they will abandon Ndigbo, as always to our miserable fates. When they make their trademark remarks such as, The Igbos in Nigeria will not …, Ndigbo have had enough…, it is the turn of Ndigbo to… etc, I shudder in shame because I know that such remarks and comments are not sincere. These our self – appointed ‘leaders’ just need to drive through some of the several villages in Igbo land, to see for themselves the extent of the ravage, and hunger in the land. Is it any surprise that these Igbo ‘leaders’ are not able to unite and streamline their assumed efforts? They can, but they wouldn’t because they all have their different agendas and also because there can never be two captains in a boat, their pedigree is to keep on migrating from one group or organisation to the other, they set up and disband such associations at random, of course the Igbo vocabulary is so rich that they will never lack words and names to call such mediocre groups and associations. How I wish that those they are selling such dummies to will see through their lies, and start dealing directly with Ndigbo on a community level, if such people (the government and aid/donor agencies) have any development funds or projects earmarked for Ndigbo, they should come directly to the Igbo village of their choice, and operate rather through community leaders and other grass roots community organisations, such as the age grades and the community development unions. The home based community leaders are more in touch with reality, as well as the plight of their people, and not those Armani and Hugo Boss suit wearing Igbo ‘leaders’, nor the ones that dress up in fancy native attires, who are able to afford first class flight tickets to attend the several mock Igbo conventions and jamborees which now take place in 5 star hotels in far away America and in some other parts of the world, at the end of which communiqués are issued and re-issued, and then what? How I also wish that Ndigbo will begin to see through some of them, for what they stand for and for who they really are, when they come to us with their subtle bribe of sweet rhetoric and cheap bags of Abakiliki rice, we should chase them away with their Greek gifts, we may be hungry but we have our honour and pride. When they announce their fake rallies in the market squares, we should sit at home or carry on with our farming and trading at the square, if we do not subject and surrender ourselves to the lenses of their video cameramen, they would not have any evidence of followership to show to their accomplices, and therefore they would not have anything to bargain with. I ask myself sometimes what really went wrong. What happened to our culturally rich race? I have read and heard different stories tracing the lineage of Ndigbo to the Jews of Israel, We have been variously described as the lost tribe of Israel, and as the black Jews, if indeed all these are true, then the Igbos are surely God’s people and children. How can a people function without a leader? Better still, Can they function without honest and credible leaders with vision? Historically, there have always been men and women in the life of a people who God have chosen to lead and take them to greater heights, we can easily recall the story of Moses, Abraham, David, Joseph and Jesus in the Bible, and Prophet Mohammed in the Koran. World history is also full of exploits by the likes of Napoleon, Winston Churchill, Malcolm X, Dwight Eisenhower, Nelson Mandela, Queen Amina, Nnamdi Azikiwe, Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti, Marthin Luther King Jnr, Obafemi Awolowo and Odumegwu Ojukwu. These great men and women influenced the social, political and even economic lives of their people.

How to sell rare boxed edition of A Voice to Remember, The sounds of 75 years on EMI records 1898-1973?

eBay? If not, I'll buy it off you for $50

Visiting L.A. Help/Advice!?

There are literally hundreds of things to do here in LA. Here is my list of “must sees”. Visit as many as you have time for.: Disneyland: The Happiest Place on Earth. Half a billion visitors can’t be wrong. (Sometimes it seems all at once) Universal Studios: A theme park that grew out of a studio tour. Even if you don’t visit Disneyland or Universal Studios Tour, Downtown Disney District and Universal City Walk are very fun places to visit for shopping and eating. And they’re free to visit. Hollywood: Hollywood Boulevard is ready for its close-up, thanks to years of urban renewal and renovation. Enjoy the Walk of Fame, Entertainment Museum, Chinese Theatre and more. You can see a lot for free. The Hollywood & Highland complex is AMAZING. It looks like it was designed by Cecil B. DeMille, and has lots of shops and restaurants, and the Kodak Theater (home of the Academy Awards). I also like the El Capitan theater, right across the street, because it has been restored to its former glory. And the Hollywood Bowl is a GREAT place to listen to concerts outdoors. Rodeo Drive, 90210: Packed with exclusive shops, full of gawkers. They all came to enjoy the excess. Free, unless you intend to buy something. Venice Beach: Los Angeles kitsch and over-the-top culture at its best. Here you'll find Muscle Beach, street performers and tacky shops galore. Fun, VERY interesting, but I avoid it after dark, when it gets a little TOO interesting for my taste. And it's a short bike ride from Santa Monica Pier. Santa Monica Beach and Pier: Great beach scene and a classic seaside amusement park, complete with antique carousel that has been in a lot of TV and movies. (The Sting and "Three's Company" come immediately to mind). After visiting the pier, you can ride a bike south a couple miles to Venice Beach. Santa Monica Third Street Promenade - Downtown Santa Monica's shopping promenade is often the scene of movie star-sightings. Just a short walk from the Santa Monica Pier. Sunset Boulevard: Perhaps one of the world's most famous streets, it began as a route between the stars' posh neighborhoods and the Hollywood studios. It runs from downtown to the ocean, passing through the "Sunset Strip" on its way. It makes for a fun drive. Along the way, you see a lot of different neighborhoods: Hollywood, West Hollywood, Bel Air, and Pacific Palisades. When you get to the ocean, stop at Gladstone's for Fish. Farmers Market and The Grove - A new shopping complex right next to a Los Angeles landmark, The Grove and Farmers Market coexist. Enjoy a movie or shopping, and then take the trolley to the Farmers Market for lunch or dinner. It is right next to CBS, so walk across the lot to see if they are taping "The Price is Right". You might even get in. TAAB: The Americana at Brand- The newly opened TAAB, developed by the same group that gave us The Grove, breathes new life into Glendale, and gives all those hip people in Eagle Rock and the eastern half of LA a great place to go. Griffith Park - Home of the Los Angeles Zoo, Griffith Park Observatory, Travel Town, the Greek Theatre, and Gene Autry Museum of Western Heritage. Getty Museum - The Getty's architecture is so beautiful that it keeps me fascinated. No matter whether you like their art or architecture better (or maybe you'll just enjoy the view), the Getty is sure to please. Free. Attend a TV taping - You can get free tickets at audiencesunlimited.com, tvtix.com, or see the booth at Universal City walk. It's very interesting to see a show being taped. The most popular, by far, is the Tonight show with Jay Leno. Check the NBC web site for all the details there. Wicked at the Pantages Theater- Located in the heart of Hollywood, this is an excellent and long running production, the most POPULAR show in LA right now. Places to eat: In-N-Out Burger: Multiple locations, best burger in LA, ask anyone. Pink’s Hot Dogs: 709 N. La Brea, just north of Melrose. You might even see a celebrity. Maybe. Tommy’s Chili Burgers: Look for the shack, an LA tradition. The original location is at Beverly & Rampart, a couple miles west of downtown. Canter’s Deli: 419 N. Fairfax, between Beverly & Melrose. Near CBS, you might spot a celebrity. Phillippe’s: 1001 N. Alameda. Great roast beef sandwiches. Near Union Station and Olvera Street. Watch the mustard, it’s hot. The Pantry: Corner of Figueroa and 9th, downtown. Huge portions, they never close, GREAT steak and eggs. Places to Stay: Since LA is so spread out, there is no single place that is close to EVERYTHING. Most people who come here tend to stay in Hollywood, Santa Monica, or Anaheim. In Hollywood, I recommend the Renaissance Hotel at Hollywood and Highland, the Best Western Sunset Plaza, or the Holiday Inn Walk of Fame. In Santa Monica, the Holiday Inn Santa Monica is close to the pier and reasonably priced. In Anaheim, I recommend the Howard Johnson (HoJo) Anaheim, and the Candy Cane Inn.

Is My School Something Haunted ?

No I don't think your school is haunted. :) the things that you described could be anything.

Holiday in Greece...?

I'm sorry, but you wont get very far being only 11 years old without any adults. In most Hotels and Resorts, you have to at least be 18 years old with a Picture ID and/or Credit Card just for verification purposes. You have to be 21 in some Resorts as well if they are more High-Class. Now if you do decide to go with an adult, there are many choices of Hotel Accommodations in Athens, but I will name a few good ones. Check into the Hotel Attalos. It is only a Five Minute Walk to the Plaka, and it is next to the Monastiraki Flea Market and Metro Station for getting to the boats to the islands and to and from the airport. It is a five minute walk to the Acropolis and it is a block from Psiri, the hippest part of Athens with great cafes, ouzeries and restaurants at night. It has a rooftop cafe with a view of the Parthenon as well. The Cecil Hotel occupies a beautifully renovated neo-classical building in the heart of old Athens, close to the Ancient Market and the New City Market. It is located near the most central pedestrian street of Athens and it is 20 minutes from the airport, and 20 minutes from the Piraeus port. The Acropolis, the Lycabettus hill, the Philopappus hill, the Syntagma square and other monuments, museums and galleries are some of the countless sights that are very close to the Hotel Cecil. I named you a few Hotels that are very nice with small prices. There are many more Hotels in Athens that cost more and are much more Professional. But nonetheless the above Hotels are excellent as well. Have fun if you manage to go.

If you had one or two nights in Vancouver, what bars would you go to?

Number 5 Orange, Brandi's, the Drake, the Cecil, Penthouse, Flamingo, Delaney's, College Hotel.

what do you think is the best movie ever made for its time?

* 1930 (3rd) All Quiet on the Western Front - Universal - Carl Laemmle Jr. o The Big House - Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer - Irving Thalberg o Disraeli - Warner Bros. - Jack Warner with Darryl Zanuck o The Divorcee - Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer - Robert Leonard o The Love Parade - Paramount - Ernst Lubitsch The name of the award becomes Best Picture * 1931 (4th) Cimarron - RKO Radio - William LeBaron o East Lynne - Fox - Winfield Sheehan, studio head o The Front Page - Caddo, United Artists - Howard Hughes o Skippy - Paramount - Adolph Zukor o Trader Horn - Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer - Irving G. Thalberg * 1932 (5th) Grand Hotel - Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer - Irving Thalberg o Arrowsmith - Goldwyn, United Artists - Samuel Goldwyn o Bad Girl - Fox - Winfield Sheehan studio head o The Champ - Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer - King Vidor o Five Star Final - First National - Hal B. Wallis o One Hour with You - Paramount - Ernst Lubitsch o Shanghai Express - Paramount - Adolph Zukor o The Smiling Lieutenant - Paramount - Ernst Lubitsch * 1933 (6th) Cavalcade - Fox - Winfield Sheehan studio head o 42nd Street - Warner Bros. - Darryl F. Zanuck o A Farewell to Arms - Paramount - Adolph Zukor o I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang - Warner Bros. - Hal B. Wallis o Lady for a Day - Columbia - Frank Capra o Little Women - RKO Radio - Merian C. Cooper with Kenneth MacGowan o The Private Life of Henry VIII - London Films, United Artists (British) - Alexander Korda o She Done Him Wrong - Paramount - William LeBaron o Smilin' Through - Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer - Irving Thalberg o State Fair - Fox - Winfield Sheehan studio head * 1934 (7th) It Happened One Night - Columbia - Harry Cohn o The Barretts of Wimpole Street - Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer - Irving Thalberg o Cleopatra - Paramount - Cecil B. DeMille o Flirtation Walk - First National - Jack L. Warner, Hal B. Wallis with Robert Lord o The Gay Divorcee - RKO Radio - Pandro S. Berman o Here Comes the Navy - Warner Bros. - Lou Edelman o The House of Rothschild - Twentieth Century Pictures, United Artists - Darryl F. Zanuck with William Goetz and Raymond Griffith o Imitation of Life - Universal - John M. Stahl o One Night of Love - Columbia - Harry Cohn with Everett Riskin o The Thin Man - Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer - Hunt Stromberg o Viva Villa! - Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer - David O. Selznick o The White Parade - Fox - Jesse L. Lasky * 1935 (8th) Mutiny on the Bounty - Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer - Irving Thalberg with Albert Lewin o Alice Adams - RKO Radio - Pandro S. Berman o Broadway Melody of 1936 - Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer - John W. Considine Jr. o Captain Blood - Warner Bros.-Cosmopolitan - Hal B. Wallis with Harry Joe Brown and Gordon Hollingshead o David Copperfield - Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer - David O. Selznick o The Informer - RKO Radio - Cliff Reid o The Lives of a Bengal Lancer - Paramount - Louis D. Lighton o A Midsummer Night's Dream - Warner Bros. - Henry Blanke o Les Misérables - Twentieth Century Pictures, United Artists - Darryl F. Zanuck o Naughty Marietta - Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer - Hunt Stromberg o Ruggles of Red Gap - Paramount - Arthur Hornblow, Jr. o Top Hat - RKO Radio - Pandro S. Berman * 1936 (9th) The Great Ziegfeld - Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer - Hunt Stromberg o Anthony Adverse - Warner Bros. - Henry Blanke o Dodsworth - Goldwyn, United Artists - Samuel Goldwyn with Merritt Hulbert o Libeled Lady - Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer - Lawrence Weingarten o Mr. Deeds Goes to Town - Columbia - Frank Capra o Romeo and Juliet - Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer - Irving Thalberg o San Francisco - Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer - John Emerson and Bernard H. Hyman o The Story of Louis Pasteur - Warner Bros. - Henry Blanke o A Tale of Two Cities - Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer - David O. Selznick o Three Smart Girls - Universal - Joe Pasternak with Charles R. Rogers * 1937 (10th) The Life of Emile Zola - Warner Bros. - Henry Blanke o The Awful Truth - Columbia - Leo McCarey with Everett Riskin o Captains Courageous - Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer - Louis Lighton o Dead End - Goldwyn, United Artists - Samuel Goldwyn with Merritt Hulbert o The Good Earth - Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer - Irving Thalberg with Albert Lewin o In Old Chicago - 20th Century-Fox - Darryl F. Zanuck with Kenneth MacGowan o Lost Horizon - Columbia - Frank Capra o One Hundred Men and a Girl - Universal - Charles R. Rogers with Joe Pasternak o Stage Door - RKO Radio - Pandro S. Berman o A Star Is Born - Selznick International, United Artists - David O. Selznick * 1938 (11th) You Can't Take it With You - Columbia - Frank Capra o The Adventures of Robin Hood - Warner Bros. - Hal B. Wallis with Henry Blanke o Alexander's Ragtime Band - 20th Century-Fox - Darryl F. Zanuck with Harry Joe Brown o Boys Town - Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer - John W. Considine, Jr. o The Citadel - Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (British) - Victor Saville o Four Daughters - Warner Bros.-First National - Hal B. Wallis with Henry Blanke o La Grande illusion - R. A. O., World Pictures (French) - Frank Rollmer, and Albert Pinkovitch o Jezebel - Warner Bros. - Hal B. Wallis with Henry Blanke o Pygmalion - Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (British) - Gabriel Pascal o Test Pilot - Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer - Louis Lighton * 1939 (12th) Gone with the Wind - Selznick, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer - David O. Selznick o Dark Victory - Warner Bros. - David Lewis o Goodbye, Mr. Chips - Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (British)- Victor Saville o Love Affair - RKO Radio - Leo McCarey o Mr. Smith Goes to Washington - Columbia - Frank Capra o Ninotchka - Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer - Sidney Franklin o Of Mice and Men - Roach, United Artists - Lewis Milestone o Stagecoach - United Artists - Walter Wanger o The Wizard of Oz - Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer - Mervyn LeRoy o Wuthering Heights - Goldwyn, United Artists - Samuel Goldwyn [edit] 1940s * 1940 (13th) Rebecca - Selznick, United Artists - David O. Selznick o All This and Heaven Too - Warner Bros. - Jack L. Warner, Hal B. Wallis, with David Lewis o Foreign Correspondent - Wanger, United Artists - Walter Wanger o The Grapes of Wrath - 20th Century-Fox - Darryl F. Zanuck with Nunnally Johnson o The Great Dictator - Chaplin, United Artists - Charles Chaplin o Kitty Foyle - RKO Radio - David Hempstead o The Letter - Warner Bros. - Hal B. Wallis o The Long Voyage Home - Argosy Wanger, United Artists - John Ford o Our Town - Lesser, United Artists - Sol Lesser o The Philadelphia Story - Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer - Joseph L. Mankiewicz * 1941 (14th) How Green Was My Valley - 20th Century-Fox - Darryl F. Zanuck o Blossoms in the Dust - Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer - Irving Asher o Citizen Kane - RKO Radio - Orson Welles o Here Comes Mr. Jordan - Columbia - Everett Riskin o Hold Back the Dawn - Paramount - Arthur Hornblow, Jr. o The Little Foxes - Goldwyn, RKO Radio - Samuel Goldwyn o The Maltese Falcon - Warner Bros. - Hal B. Wallis o One Foot in Heaven - Warner Bros. - Hal B. Wallis o Sergeant York - Warner Bros. - Jesse L. Lasky and Hal B. Wallis o Suspicion - RKO Radio - Alfred Hitchcock * 1942 (15th) Mrs. Miniver - Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer - Sidney Franklin o Forty-Ninth Parallel- Ortus, Columbia (British) - Michael Powell o Kings Row - Warner Bros. - Hal B. Wallis o The Magnificent Ambersons - Mercury, RKO Radio - Orson Welles o The Pied Piper - 20th Century-Fox - Nunnally Johnson o The Pride of the Yankees - Goldwyn, RKO Radio - Samuel Goldwyn o Random Harvest - Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer - Sidney Franklin o The Talk of the Town - Columbia - George Stevens o Wake Island - Paramount - Joseph Sistrom o Yankee Doodle Dandy - Warner Bros. - Jack Warner, Hal B. Wallis, William Cagney * 1943 (16th) Casablanca - Warner Bros. - Hal B. Wallis o For Whom the Bell Tolls - Paramount - Sam Wood o Heaven Can Wait - 20th Century-Fox - Ernst Lubitsch o The Human Comedy - Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer - Clarence Brown o In Which We Serve - Two Cities, United Artists (British) - Noel Coward o Madame Curie - Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer - Sidney Franklin o The More the Merrier - Columbia - George Stevens o The Ox-Bow Incident - 20th Century-Fox - Lamar Trotti o The Song of Bernadette - 20th Century-Fox - William Perlberg o Watch on the Rhine - Warner Bros. - Hal B. Wallis * 1944 (17th) Going My Way - Paramount - Leo McCarey o Double Indemnity - Paramount - Joseph Sistrom o Gaslight - Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer - Arthur Hornblow, Jr. o Since You Went Away - Selznick, United Artists - David O. Selznick o Wilson - 20th Century-Fox - Darryl F. Zanuck * 1945 (18th) The Lost Weekend - Paramount - Charles Bracken o Anchors Aweigh - Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer - Joe Pasternak o The Bells of St. Mary's - Rainbow, RKO Radio - Leo McCarey o Mildred Pierce - Warner Bros. - Jerry Wald o Spellbound - Selznick, United Artists - David O. Selznick * 1946 (19th) The Best Years of Our Lives - Goldwyn, RKO Radio - Samuel Goldwyn o Henry V - Rank-Two Cities, United Artists (British) - Laurence Olivier o It's a Wonderful Life - Liberty, RKO Radio - Frank Capra o The Razor's Edge - 20th Century-Fox - Darryl F. Zanuck o The Yearling - Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer - Sidney Franklin * 1947 (20th) Gentleman's Agreement - 20th Century-Fox - Darryl F. Zanuck o The Bishop's Wife - Goldwyn, RKO Radio - Samuel Goldwyn o Crossfire - RKO Radio - Adrian Scott o Great Expectations - Rank-Cineguild, U-I (British) - Ronald Neame o Miracle on 34th Street - 20th Century-Fox - William Perlberg * 1948 (21st) Hamlet - J. Arthur Rank-Two Cities Films, U-I (British) - Laurence Olivier o Johnny Belinda - Warner Bros. - Jerry Wald o The Red Shoes - Rank-Archers, Eagle-Lion (British) - Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger o The Snake Pit - 20th Century-Fox - Anatole Litvak and Robert Bassler o The Treasure of the Sierra Madre - Warner Bros. - Henry Blanke * 1949 (22nd) All the King's Men - Rossen, Columbia - Robert Rossen o Battleground - Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer - Dore Schary o The Heiress - Paramount - William Wyler o A Letter to Three Wives - 20th Century-Fox - Sol C. Siegel o Twelve O'Clock High - 20th Century-Fox - Darryl F. Zanuck [edit] 1950s * 1950 (23rd) All About Eve - 20th Century-Fox - Darryl F. Zanuck o Born Yesterday - Columbia - S. Sylvan Simon o Father of the Bride - Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer - Pandro S. Berman o King Solomon's Mines - Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer - Sam Zimbalist o Sunset Boulevard - Paramount - Charles Brackett * 1951 (24th) An American in Paris - Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer - Arthur Freed o Decision Before Dawn - 20th Century-Fox - Anatole Litvak and Frank McCarthy o A Place in the Sun - Paramount - George Stevens o Quo Vadis - Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer - Sam Zimbalist o A Streetcar Named Desire - Feldman, Warner Bros. - Charles K. Feldman * 1952 (25th) The Greatest Show on Earth - DeMille, Paramount - Cecil B. DeMille o High Noon - United Artists - Stanley Kramer o Ivanhoe - Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer - Pandro S. Berman o Moulin Rouge - United Artists - John Huston o The Quiet Man - Argosy, Republic - John Ford and Merian C. Cooper * 1953 (26th) From Here to Eternity - Columbia - Buddy Adler o Julius Caesar - Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer - John Houseman o The Robe - 20th Century-Fox - Frank Ross o Roman Holiday - Paramount - William Wyler o Shane - Paramount - George Stevens * 1954 (27th) On the Waterfront - Horizon-American, Columbia - Sam Spiegel o The Caine Mutiny - Kramer, Columbia - Stanley Kramer o The Country Girl - Perlberg-Seaton, Paramount - William Perlberg o Seven Brides for Seven Brothers - Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer - Jack Cummings o Three Coins in the Fountain - 20th Century-Fox - Sol C. Siegel * 1955 (28th) Marty - Hecht-Lancaster, United Artists - Harold Hecht o Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing - 20th Century-Fox - Buddy Adler o Mister Roberts - Orange, Warner Bros. - Leland Hayward o Picnic - Columbia - Fred Kohlmar o The Rose Tattoo - Wallis, Paramount - Hal B. Wallis * 1956 (29th) Around the World in Eighty Days - Todd, United Artists - Michael Todd o Friendly Persuasion - Allied Artists - William Wyler o Giant - Warner Bros. - George Stevens and Henry Ginsberg o The King and I - 20th Century-Fox - Charles Brackett o The Ten Commandments - DeMille, Paramount - Cecil B. DeMille * 1957 (30th) The Bridge on the River Kwai - Horizon, Columbia - Sam Spiegel o Peyton Place - 20th Century-Fox - Jerry Wald o Sayonara - Goetz, Warner Bros. - William Goetz o 12 Angry Men - Orion-Nova, United Artists - Henry Fonda, and Reginald Rose o Witness for the Prosecution - Small-Hornblow, United Artists - Arthur Hornblow, Jr. * 1958 (31st) Gigi - Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer - Arthur Freed o Auntie Mame - Warner Bros. - Jack L. Warner o Cat on a Hot Tin Roof - Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer - Lawrence Weingarten o The Defiant Ones - Kramer, United Artists - Stanley Kramer o Separate Tables - Hecht-Hill-Lancaster, United Artists - Harold Hecht * 1959 (32nd) Ben-Hur - Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer - Sam Zimbalist o Anatomy of a Murder - Preminger, Columbia - Otto Preminger o The Diary of Anne Frank - 20th Century-Fox - George Stevens o The Nun's Story - Warner Bros. - Henry Blanke o Room at the Top - Romulus, Continental (British) - John Woolf and James Woolf [edit] 1960s * 1960 (33rd) The Apartment - Mirisch, United Artists - Billy Wilder o The Alamo - Batjac, United Artists - John Wayne o Elmer Gantry - Lancaster-Brooks, United Artists - Bernard Smith o Sons and Lovers - Wald, 20th Century-Fox - Jerry Wald o The Sundowners - Warner Bros. - Fred Zinnemann * 1961 (34th) West Side Story - Mirisch-B&P Enterprises, United Artists - Robert Wise o Fanny - Mannsfield, Warner Bros. - Joshua Logan o The Guns of Navarone - Foreman, Columbia - Carl Foreman o The Hustler - Rossen, 20th Century-Fox - Robert Rossen o Judgment at Nuremberg - Kramer, United Artists - Stanley Kramer * 1962 (35th) Lawrence of Arabia (British) - Horizon-Spiegel-Lean, Columbia - Sam Spiegel o The Longest Day - Zanuck, 20th Century-Fox - Darryl F. Zanuck o The Music Man - Warner Bros. - Morton DaCosta o Mutiny on the Bounty - Arcola, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer - Aaron Rosenberg o To Kill a Mockingbird - Pakula, Mulligan, Brentwood, U-I - Alan J. Pakula * 1963 (36th) Tom Jones - Woodfall, United Artists-Lopert (British) - Tony Richardson o America, America - Athena, Warner Bros. - Elia Kazan o Cleopatra - Wanger, 20th Century-Fox - Walter Wanger o How the West Was Won - Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and Cinerama - Bernard Smith o Lilies of the Field - Rainbow, United Artists - Ralph Nelson * 1964 (37th) My Fair Lady - Warner Bros. - Jack L. Warner o Zorba the Greek - Rochley, International Classics/20th Century-Fox - Michael Cacoyannis o Becket - Wallis, Paramount - Hal B. Wallis o Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb - Hawk Films, Columbia - Stanley Kubrick o Mary Poppins - Disney, Buena Vista - Walt Disney, Bill Walsh * 1965 (38th) The Sound of Music - Argyle, 20th Century-Fox - Robert Wise o Darling - Anglo-Amalgamated, Embassy (British) - Joseph Janni o Doctor Zhivago - Ponti, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer - Carlo Ponti o Ship of Fools - Kramer, Columbia - Stanley Kramer o A Thousand Clowns - Harrell, United Artists - Fred Coe * 1966 (39th) A Man for All Seasons - Highland, Columbia - Fred Zinnemann o Alfie - Sheldrake, Paramount (British) - Lewis Gilbert o The Russians Are Coming, the Russians Are Coming - Mirisch, United Artists - Norman Jewison o The Sand Pebbles - Argyle-Solar, 20th Century-Fox - Robert Wise o Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? - Chenault, Warner Bros. - Ernest Lehman * 1967 (40th) In the Heat of the Night - Mirisch, United Artists - Walter Mirisch o Bonnie and Clyde - Tatira-Hiller, Warner Bros.-Seven Arts - Warren Beatty o Doctor Dolittle - Apjac, 20th Century-Fox - Arthur P. Jacobs o The Graduate - Nichols-Turman, Embassy - Lawrence Turman o Guess Who's Coming to Dinner - Kramer, Columbia - Stanley Kramer * 1968 (41st) Oliver! - Romulus, Columbia - John Woolf o Funny Girl - Rastar, Columbia - Ray Stark o The Lion in Winter - Hawarth, Avco Embassy - Martin Poll o Rachel, Rachel - Kayos, Warner Bros. - Paul Newman o Romeo and Juliet - B.H.E.-Verona-De Laurentis, Paramount - Anthony Havelock-Allan, John Brabourne * 1969 (42nd) Midnight Cowboy Hellman-Schlesinger, United Artists - Jerome Hellman o Anne of the Thousand Days - Wallis, Universal - Hal B. Wallis o Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid - Hill-Monash, 20th Century-Fox - John Foreman o Hello, Dolly! - Chenault, 20th Century-Fox - Ernest Lehman o Z - Reggane Films-O.N.C.I.C., Cinema V (Algerian) - Jacques Perrin, Ahmed Rachedi [edit] 1970s * 1970 (43rd) Patton - 20th Century-Fox - Frank McCarthy o Airport - Hunter, Universal - Ross Hunter o Five Easy Pieces - BBS Productions, Columbia - Bob Rafelson, Richard Wechsler o Love Story - Paramount - Howard G. Minsky o M*A*S*H - Aspen, 20th Century-Fox - Ingo Preminger * 1971 (44th) The French Connection - D'Antoni-Schine-Moore, 20th Century-Fox - Philip D'Antoni o A Clockwork Orange - Haek Films, Warner Bros. - Stanley Kubrick o Fiddler on the Roof - Mirisch-Cartier, United Artists - Norman Jewison o The Last Picture Show - BBS Productions, Columbia - Stephen J. Friedman o Nicholas and Alexandra - Horizon, Columbia - Sam Spiegel * 1972 (45th) The Godfather - Ruddy, Paramount - Albert S. Ruddy o Cabaret - ABC Pictures, Allied Artists - Cy Feuer o Deliverance - Warner Bros. - John Boorman o Sounder - Radnitz/Mattel, 20th Century-Fox - Robert B. Radnitz o The Emigrants - Svensk Filmindusttri, Warner Bros. (Swedish)- Bengt Forslund * 1973 (46th) The Sting - Bill/Phillips-Hill, Zanuck/Brown, Universal - Tony Bill, Michael Phillips, Julia Phillips o American Graffiti - Lucasfilm/Coppola Company, Universal - Francis Ford Coppola and Gary Kurtz o The Exorcist - Hoya, Warner Bros. - William Peter Blatty o A Touch of Class - Brut Prods., Avco Embassy - Melvin Frank o Cries and Whispers - Svenska Filminstitutet-Cinematograph AB Prod., New World Pictures (Swedish) - Ingmar Bergman * 1974 (47th) The Godfather, Part II - Coppola Company, Paramount - Francis Ford Coppola, Gray Frederickson, Fred Roos o Chinatown - Evans, Paramount - Robert Evans o The Conversation - Directors Company, Paramount - Francis Ford Coppola o Lenny - Worth, United Artists - Marvin Worth o The Towering Inferno - Irwin Allen, 20th Century-Fox/Warner Bros. - Irwin Allen * 1975 (48th) One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest - Fantasy Films, United Artists - Saul Zaentz, Michael Douglas o Barry Lyndon - Hawk Films, Warner Bros. - Stanley Kubrick o Dog Day Afternoon - Warner Bros. - Martin Bregman, Martin Elfand o Jaws - Zanuck/Brown, Universal - Richard D. Zanuck, David Brown o Nashville - ABC Entertainment-Weintraub-Altman, Paramount - Robert Altman * 1976 (49th) Rocky - Chartoff-Winkler, United Artists - Irwin Winkler, Robert Chartoff o All the President's Men - Wildwood, Warner Bros. - Walter Coblenz o Bound for Glory - United Artists - Robert F. Blumofe, Harold Leventhal o Network - Gottfried/Chayefsky, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/United Artists - Howard Gottfried o Taxi Driver Bill/Phillips-Scorsese - Michael Phillips, Julia Phillips * 1977 (50th) Annie Hall - Rollins-Joffe, United Artists - Charles H. Joffe o The Goodbye Girl - Stark, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/Warner Bros. - Ray Stark o Julia - 20th Century-Fox - Richard Roth o Star Wars - Lucasfilm, 20th Century-Fox - Gary Kurtz o The Turning Point - Hera Productions, 20th Century-Fox - Herbert Ross and Arthur Laurents * 1978 (51st) The Deer Hunter - EMI Films/Cimino, Universal - Barry Spikings, Michael Deeley, Michael Cimino, John Peverall o Coming Home - Hellman, United Artists - Jerome Hellman o Heaven Can Wait - Dogwood, Paramount - Warren Beatty o Midnight Express - Casablanca-Filmworks, Columbia - Alan Marshall and David Puttnam o An Unmarried Woman - 20th Century-Fox - Paul Mazursky and Tony Ray * 1979 (52nd) Kramer vs. Kramer - Jaffe, Columbia - Stanley R. Jaffe o Apocalypse Now - Omni Zoetrope, United Artists - Francis Ford Coppola with Fred Roos, Gray Frederickson and Tom Sternberg o All That Jazz - Columbia/20th Century-Fox - Robert Alan Aurthur o Breaking Away - 20th Century-Fox - Peter Yates o Norma Rae - 20th Century-Fox - Tamara Aseyev and Alex Rose [edit] 1980s * 1980 (53rd) Ordinary People - Wildwood, Paramount - Ronald L. Schwary o Coal Miner's Daughter - Schwartz, Universal - Bernard Schwartz o The Elephant Man - Brooksfilms, Paramount - Jonathan Sanger o Raging Bull - Chartoff-Winkler, United Artists - Irwin Winkler and Robert Chartoff o Tess - Renn-Burrill Société Française de Production (S.F.P.), Columbia - Claude Berri and Timothy Burrill * 1981 (54th) Chariots of Fire (British) - Enigma, The Ladd Company/Warner Bros. - David Puttnam o Atlantic City - International Cinema Corporation, Paramount - Denis Heroux o On Golden Pond - ITC Films/IPC Films, Universal/Associated Film Distribution - Bruce Gilbert o Raiders of the Lost Ark - Lucasfilm, Paramount - Frank Marshall o Reds - J.R.S., Paramount - Warren Beatty * 1982 (55th) Gandhi (British) - Indo-British Films, Columbia - Richard Attenborough o E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial - Universal - Steven Spielberg and Kathleen Kennedy o Missing - Universal/PolyGram, Universal - Edward Lewis and Mildred Lewis o Tootsie - Mirage/Punch, Columbia - Sydney Pollack and Dick Richards o The Verdict - Fox-Zanuck/Brown, 20th Century Fox - Richard D. Zanuck and David Brown * 1983 (56th) Terms of Endearment - Brooks, Paramount - James L. Brooks o The Big Chill - Carson Productions Group, Columbia - Michael Shamberg o The Dresser - Goldcrest/Television Limited/World Film Services, Columbia - Peter Yates o The Right Stuff - Chartoff-Winkler, Ladd Company, Warner Bros. - Irwin Winkler and Robert Chartoff o Tender Mercies - EMI-Antron Media, Universal/AFD - Philip S. Hobel * 1984 (57th) Amadeus - Barrandov Studios - Zaentz, Orion - Saul Zaentz o The Killing Fields - Goldcrest/International Film Investors, Warner Bros. - David Puttnam o A Passage to India - G. W. Films Ltd., Columbia - John Brabourne and Richard Goodwin o Places in the Heart - Tri-Star - Arlene Donovan o A Soldier's Story - Caldix, Columbia - Norman Jewison, Ronald L. Schwary and Patrick Palmer * 1985 (58th) Out of Africa - Universal - Sydney Pollack o The Color Purple - Warner Bros. - Steven Spielberg, Kathleen Kennedy, Frank Marshall and Quincy Jones o Kiss of the Spider Woman - H. B. Filmes/Sugarloaf Films, Island Alive - David Weisman o Prizzi's Honor - ABC Motion Pictures, 20th Century Fox/Producers Sales Organization - John Foreman o Witness - Feldman, Paramount - Edward S. Feldman * 1986 (59th) Platoon - Hemdale, Orion - Arnold Kopelson o Children of a Lesser God - Sugarman, Paramount - Burt Sugarman, Patrick J. Palmer o Hannah and Her Sisters - Rollins-Joffe, Orion - Robert Greenhut o The Mission - Warner Bros./Goldcrest/Kingsmere, Warner Bros. - Fernando Ghia, David Puttnam o A Room with a View - Merchant Ivory, Cinecom - Ismail Merchant * 1987 (60th) The Last Emperor - Hemdale, Columbia - Jeremy Thomas o Broadcast News - 20th Century-Fox - James L. Brooks o Fatal Attraction - Jaffe/Lansing, Paramount - Stanley R. Jaffe, Sherry Lansing o Hope and Glory - Davros Production Services Ltd., Columbia/Nelson Entertainment - John Boorman o Moonstruck - Palmer & Jewison, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer - Patrick J. Palmer, Norman Jewison * 1988 (61st) Rain Man - Mirage Entertainment, Star Partners II, United Artists - Mark Johnson o The Accidental Tourist - Warner Bros. - Lawrence Kasdan, Charles Okun, Michael Grillo o Dangerous Liaisons - Lorimar Film Entertainment, NFH Productions, Warner Bros. - Norma Heyman, Hank Moonjean o Mississippi Burning - Orion Pictures Corp. - Frederick Zollo, Robert F. Colesberry o Working Girl - 20th Century Fox - Douglas Wick * 1989 (62nd) Driving Miss Daisy - Majestic Films International, Zanuck Company., Warner Bros. - Richard D. Zanuck, Lili Fini Zanuck o Born on the Fourth of July - Ixtlan Corp., Universal - A. Kitman Ho, Oliver Stone o Dead Poets Society - Silver Screen Partners IV, Touchstone Pictures - Steven Haft, Paul Junger Witt, Tony Thomas o Field of Dreams - Gordon Company, Universal - Lawrence Gordon, Charles Gordon o My Left Foot - Ferndale Films, Granada, Raidio Teilifis Eireann - Noel Pearson [edit] 1990s * 1990 (63rd) Dances With Wolves - Tig Productions, Majestic Films International, Orion Pictures Corp. - Jim Wilson, Kevin Costner o Awakenings - Columbia Pictures Corp. - Walter F. Parkes, Lawrence Lasker o Ghost - Paramount Pictures - Lisa Weinstein o The Godfather, Part III - Paramount Pictures, Zoetrope Studios - Francis Ford Coppola o Goodfellas - Warner Bros. - Irwin Winkler * 1991 (64th) The Silence of the Lambs - Orion Pictures Corp. - Edward Saxon, Kenneth Utt, Ron Bozman o Beauty and the Beast - Walt Disney Pictures - Don Hahn - (The ONLY animated film ever nominated for Best Picture). o Bugsy - Baltimore Pictures, Desert Vision, Mulholland Productions, TriStar Pictures - Mark Johnson, Barry Levinson, Warren Beatty o JFK - Alcor Films, Camelot, Ixtlan Corp., Le Studio Canal+, Regency Enterprises, Warner Bros. - A. Kitman Ho, Oliver Stone o The Prince of Tides - Barwood Films, Columbia Pictures, Longfellow Pictures - Barbra Streisand, Andrew S. Karsch * 1992 (65th) Unforgiven - Malpaso Productions, Warner Bros. - Clint Eastwood o The Crying Game - British Screen, Channel Four Films, Eurotrustees, Nippon Film Development and Finance, Palace, Miramax Films - (UK) - Stephen Woolley o A Few Good Men - Castle Rock Entertainment, Columbia Pictures Corp. - David Brown, Rob Reiner, Andrew Scheinman o Howards End - Channel Four Films, Cinema 10, Ide Films, Imagica, Japan Satellite Broadcasting, Merchant-Ivory Productions, Nippon Film Development and Finance, Sumitomo (Japan/UK in English), Sony Pictures Classics - Ismail Merchant o Scent of a Woman - City Light Films, Universal Pictures - Martin Brest * 1993 (66th) Schindler's List - Amblin Entertainment, Universal Pictures - Steven Spielberg, Gerald R. Molen, Branko Lustig o The Fugitive - Warner Bros. - Arnold Kopelson o In the Name of the Father - Hell's Kitchen Films, Universal Pictures - Jim Sheridan o The Piano (Australia, France, New Zealand) (in English, Sign Language and Maori) - Australian Film Commission, CiBy 2000, New South Wales Film and Television Office - Jane Campion o The Remains of the Day - Columbia Pictures Corp., Merchant-Ivory Productions - Mike Nichols, John Calley, Ismail Merchant * 1994 (67th) Forrest Gump - Paramount Pictures - Wendy Finerman, Steve Tisch, Steve Starkey o Four Weddings and a Funeral (United Kingdom) - Channel Four Films, PolyGram Film Entertainment, Working Title Films - Duncan Kenworthy o Pulp Fiction - A Band Apart, Jersey Films, Miramax Films - Lawrence Bender o Quiz Show - Baltimore Pictures, Hollywood Pictures, Wildwood Enterprises - Michael Jacobs, Julian Krainin, Michael Nozick, Robert Redford o The Shawshank Redemption - Castle Rock Entertainment, Columbia Pictures Corp. - Niki Marvin * 1995 (68th) Braveheart - 20th Century Fox, B. H. Finance C. V., Icon Entertainment International, Paramount Pictures, The Ladd Company - Mel Gibson, Alan Ladd, Jr., Bruce Davey o Apollo 13 - Imagine Entertainment, Universal Pictures - Brian Grazer o Babe - Kennedy Miller Productions, Universal Pictures - Bill Miller, George Miller, Doug Mitchell o Il Postino (France, Italy, Belgium) (in Italian and Spanish) - Blue Dahlia Productions, Cecchi Gori Group Tiger Cinematografica, Esterno Mediterraneo Film, Penta Films S. L., Miramax - Mario Cecchi Gori, Vittorio Cecchi Gori, Gaetano Danieli o Sense and Sensibility - Columbia Pictures Corp., Mirage - Lindsay Doran * 1996 (69th) The English Patient - J&M Entertainment, Miramax Films, Tiger Moth Productions - Saul Zaentz o Fargo - Gramercy Pictures, PolyGram Filmed Entertainment, Working Title Films - Ethan Coen o Jerry Maguire - Gracie Films, TriStar Pictures - James L. Brooks, Laurence Mark, Richard Sakai, Cameron Crowe o Secrets & Lies - Channel Four Films, CiBy 2000, Thin Man Films, October Films - Simon Channing-Williams o Shine (Australia) - AFFC, Film Victoria, Momentum Films, Fine Line Features - Jane Scott * 1997 (70th) Titanic - 20th Century Fox, Lightstorm Entertainment, Paramount Pictures - James Cameron, Jon Landau o As Good as It Gets - Gracie Films, TriStar Pictures - James L. Brooks, Bridget Johnson, Kristi Zea o The Full Monty - 20th Century Fox, Channel Four Films, Fox Searchlight Pictures, Redwave Films - Uberto Pasolini o Good Will Hunting - Be Gentlemen Limited Partnership, Lawrence Bender Productions, Miramax Films - Lawrewnce Bender o L.A. Confidential - Monarchy Enterprises B. V., Regency Enterprises, Warner Bros. - Curtis Hanson, Arnon Milchan, Michael G. Nathanson * 1998 (71st) Shakespeare in Love - Bedford Falls Productions, Miramax Films, Universal Pictures - David Parfitt, Donna Gigliotti, Harvey Weinstein, Edward Zwick, Marc Norman o Elizabeth - Channel Four Films, PolyGram Filmed Entertainment, Working Title Films - Alison Owen, Eric Fellner, Tim Bevan o Life Is Beautiful (La vita è bella) (Italy) - Cecchi Gori Group Tiger Cinematografica, Melampo Cinematografica, Miramax Films - Elda Ferri, Gianluigi Braschi o Saving Private Ryan - Amblin Entertainment, DreamWorks SKG, Mark Gordon Productions, Mutual Film Company, Paramount Pictures - Steven Spielberg, Ian Bryce, Mark Gordon, Gary Levinsohn o The Thin Red Line - Fox 2000 Pictures, Geisler-Roberdeau, Phoenix Pictures - Robert Michael Geisler, John Roberdeau, Grant Hill. * 1999 (72nd) American Beauty - DreamWorks SKG, Jinks/Cohen Company - Bruce Cohen, Dan Jinks o The Sixth Sense - Hollywood Pictures, Spyglass Entertainment, The Kennedy/Marshall Company - Frank Marshall, Kathleen Kennedy, Barry Mendel o The Cider House Rules - Film Colony, Miramax Films - Richard N. Gladstein o The Green Mile - Castle Rock Entertainment, Darkwoods Productions, Warner Bros. - Frank Darabont, David Valdes o The Insider - Blue Light Productions, Forward Pass, Kaitz Productions, Mann/Roth Productions, Touchstone Pictures - Pirter an Brugge, Michael Mann [edit] 2000s * 2000 (73rd) Gladiator - Universal & DreamWorks -Douglas Wick, David Franzoni, & Branko Lustig o Chocolat - David Brown, Kit Golden, & Leslie Holleran o Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (Wo hu cang long, Republic of China) - Sony Pictures Classics - William Kong, Li-Kong Hsu, & Ang Lee o Erin Brockovich - Columbia & Universal -Danny DeVito, Michael Shamberg, & Stacey Sher o Traffic - USA Films - Edward Zwick, Marshall Herskovitz, & Laura Bickford * 2001 (74th) A Beautiful Mind - Universal & DreamWorks - Brian Grazer & Ron Howard o Gosford Park - USA Films - Robert Altman, Bob Balaban & David Levy o In the Bedroom - Miramax - Graham Leader, Ross Katz & Todd Field o The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring - New Line - Peter Jackson, Fran Walsh & Barrie M. Osborne o Moulin Rouge! - 20th Century Fox - Martin Brown, Baz Luhrmann & Fred Baron * 2002 (75th) Chicago - Miramax - Martin Richards o Gangs of New York - Miramax - Alberto Grimaldi & Harvey Weinstein o The Hours - Paramount & Miramax - Scott Rudin & Robert Fox o The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers - New Line - Barrie M. Osborne, Fran Walsh & Peter Jackson o The Pianist - Focus Features * 2003 (76th) The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King - New Line - Barrie M. Osborne, Peter Jackson, & Fran Walsh o Lost in Translation - Focus Features - Ross Katz & Sofia Coppola o Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World - Universal, 20th Century Fox & Miramax - Samuel Goldwyn, Jr., Peter Weir & Duncan Henderson o Mystic River - Warner Brothers - Robert Lorenz, Judie G. Hoyt & Clint Eastwood o Seabiscuit - Universal, DreamWorks, Spyglass - Kathleen Kennedy, Frank Marshall & Gary Ross * 2004 (77th) Million Dollar Baby - Warner Brothers - Clint Eastwood, Albert S. Ruddy, & Tom Rosenburg o The Aviator - Miramax, Initial Entertainment Group, Warner Brothers - Michael Mann & Graham King o Finding Neverland - Miramax - Richard N. Gladstein & Nellie Bellflower o Ray - Universal - Taylor Hackford, Stuart Benjamin & Howard Baldwin o Sideways - Fox Searchlight, 20th Century Fox - Michael London * 2005 (78th) Crash - Lions Gate, DEJ Productions, Bob Yari Productions & ApolloProScreen GmbH & Co. Filmproduktion KG (Canada & Germany) - Paul Haggis & Cathy Schulman o Brokeback Mountain - Focus Features - Diana Ossana & James Schamus o Capote - United Artists & Sony Pictures Classics - Caroline Baron, William Vince, & Michael Ohoven o Good Night, and Good Luck - Warner Bros. - Grant Heslov o Munich - DreamWorks & Universal - Steven Spielberg, Kathleen Kennedy & Barry Mendel TFTP

LAX hotels & things to see?

Good answer, Kingsley, on the hotels. Here are things to do in town. You won't have time to do them all, but just take your pick. There are literally hundreds of things to do here in LA. Here is my list of “must sees”. Visit as many as you have time for.: Disneyland: The Happiest Place on Earth. Half a billion visitors can’t be wrong. (Sometimes it seems all at once) Universal Studios: A theme park that grew out of a studio tour. Even if you don’t visit Disneyland or Universal Studios Tour, Downtown Disney District and Universal City Walk are very fun places to visit for shopping and eating. And they’re free to visit. Hollywood: Hollywood Boulevard is ready for its close-up, thanks to years of urban renewal and renovation. Enjoy the Walk of Fame, Entertainment Museum, Chinese Theatre and more. You can see a lot for free. The Hollywood & Highland complex is AMAZING. It looks like it was designed by Cecil B. DeMille, and has lots of shops and restaurants, and the Kodak Theater (home of the Academy Awards). I also like the El Capitan theater, right across the street, because it has been restored to its former glory. And the Hollywood Bowl is a GREAT place to listen to concerts outdoors. Rodeo Drive, 90210: Packed with exclusive shops, full of gawkers. They all came to enjoy the excess. Free, unless you intend to buy something. Venice Beach: Los Angeles kitsch and over-the-top culture at its best. Here you'll find Muscle Beach, street performers and tacky shops galore. Fun, VERY interesting, but I avoid it after dark, when it gets a little TOO interesting for my taste. And it's a short bike ride from Santa Monica Pier. Santa Monica Beach and Pier: Great beach scene and a classic seaside amusement park, complete with antique carousel that has been in a lot of TV and movies. (The Sting and "Three's Company" come immediately to mind). After visiting the pier, you can ride a bike south a couple miles to Venice Beach. Santa Monica Third Street Promenade - Downtown Santa Monica's shopping promenade is often the scene of movie star-sightings. Just a short walk from the Santa Monica Pier. Sunset Boulevard: Perhaps one of the world's most famous streets, it began as a route between the stars' posh neighborhoods and the Hollywood studios. It runs from downtown to the ocean, passing through the "Sunset Strip" on its way. It makes for a fun drive. Along the way, you see a lot of different neighborhoods: Hollywood, West Hollywood, Bel Air, and Pacific Palisades. When you get to the ocean, stop at Gladstone's for Fish. Queen Mary: Once the largest ship afloat, she's been docked in Long Beach for longer than she sailed, and her elegance never fails to impress. Free to visit. You can actually stay on board, for a price. Farmers Market and The Grove - A new shopping complex right next to a Los Angeles landmark, The Grove and Farmers Market coexist. Enjoy a movie or shopping, and then take the trolley to the Farmers Market for lunch or dinner. It is right next to CBS, so walk across the lot to see if they are taping "The Price is Right". You might even get in. TAAB: The Americana at Brand- The newly opened TAAB, developed by the same group that gave us The Grove, breathes new life into Glendale, and gives all those hip people in Eagle Rock and the eastern half of LA a great place to go. Griffith Park - Home of the Los Angeles Zoo, Griffith Park Observatory, Travel Town, the Greek Theatre, and Gene Autry Museum of Western Heritage. Getty Museum - The Getty's architecture is so beautiful that it keeps me fascinated. No matter whether you like their art or architecture better (or maybe you'll just enjoy the view), the Getty is sure to please. Free. Attend a TV taping - You can get free tickets at audiencesunlimited.com, tvtix.com, or see the booth at Universal City walk. It's very interesting to see a show being taped. The most popular, by far, is the Tonight show with Jay Leno. Check the NBC web site for all the details there. Wicked at the Pantages Theater- Located in the heart of Hollywood, this is an excellent and long running production, the most POPULAR show in LA right now. Places to eat: In-N-Out Burger: Multiple locations, best burger in LA, ask anyone. Pink’s Hot Dogs: 709 N. La Brea, just north of Melrose. You might even see a celebrity. Maybe. Tommy’s Chili Burgers: Look for the shack, an LA tradition. The original location is at Beverly & Rampart, a couple miles west of downtown. Canter’s Deli: 419 N. Fairfax, between Beverly & Melrose. Near CBS, you might spot a celebrity. Phillippe’s: 1001 N. Alameda. Great roast beef sandwiches. Near Union Station and Olvera Street. Watch the mustard, it’s hot. The Pantry: Corner of Figueroa and 9th, downtown. Huge portions, they never close, GREAT steak and eggs. If you want to take a quick tour, check out lacitytours.com or starlinetours.com. They offer tours for situations like yours, where you can have a very nic

manager of cecil hotel of oberois shimla?

If you haven't found out the details yet, you could check out the following website and take the resort's number and call them up directly. You will need to register as a member, but it won't cost you anything other than couple of minutes of your time! link:http://www.holidayiq.com/resortinfo_review.php?Resid=1639

name of the hotel they filmed harpers island at?

(candlewick Inn) the show was filmed in canada ♦♦♦♦➤ candlewick Inn: on harpers island http://wiki.harpersglobe.com/index.php/Candlewick_Inn the Cecil Green Park House in Vancouver. The actual inn: http://www.cecilgreenpark.ubc.ca/

does anyone know of a cheap hotel near the Hotel Du Cap EDEN ROCK?

Eden Rock is situated in the Cap d'Antibes, between Antibes and Juan les Pins. A two-star hotel would be a good solution to get a decent level of comfort for a reasonable price. The Tourist Office of Antibes & Juan les Pins list the following two-star hotels: Hôtels 2* HOTEL ALDO 9 avenue Alexandre III 06160 Juan-les-Pins Tél:04 93 61 10 33 Fax:04 93 67 90 45 http://hotelaldo.com hotelaldo@libertysurf.fr HOTEL ALEXANDRA Rue Pauline 06160 Juan-les-Pins Tél:04 97 21 76 50 Fax:04 97 21 76 51 http://www.hotelalexandra.net/ hotelalexandra@yahoo.fr HOTEL ASTOR 61, chemin Fournel Badine 06160 Juan-les-Pins Tél:04 92 93 34 00 Fax:04 92 93 34 01 http://www.residencehotelastor.com/ info@residencehotelastor.com HOTEL AU MEXICANA 12-20, avenue du Docteur Dautheville 06160 Juan-les-Pins Tél:04 93 61 31 34 Fax:04 93 67 56 51 http://www.hotelmexicana.com/ hotel-mexicana@wanadoo.fr HOTEL AU TROPICO 3, avenue Amiral Courbet 06160 Juan-les-Pins Tél:04 93 61 05 25 Fax:04 92 93 18 03 http://www.hotelautropico.com/ tropico-hotel.juan@wanadoo.fr HOTEL BLEU MARINE 614, chemin des 4 Chemins 06600 Antibes Tél:04 93 74 84 84 Fax:04 93 95 90 26 http://www.bleumarineantibes.com/ hotel-bleu-marine@wanadoo.fr HOTEL CAMPANILE 2317, chemin de Saint Claude 06600 Antibes Tél:04 93 74 80 01 Fax:04 93 95 22 48 http://www.campanile-antibes.fr.st/ campanile-antibes@tiscali.fr HOTEL CECIL "Logis de France" Rue Jonnard - B. P. 51 06160 Juan-les-Pins Tél:04 93 61 05 12 Fax:04 93 67 09 14 http://www.hotelcecilfrance.com/ hotelcecil@yahoo.fr HOTEL COLBERT 12, rue Bricka 06160 Juan-les-Pins Tél:04 93 61 20 08 Fax:04 93 67 33 98 http://hotel.colbert.free.fr/ hotel.colbert@free.fr HOTEL COURBET 33, avenue Amiral Courbet 06160 Juan-les-Pins Tél:04 92 91 02 22 Fax:04 93 67 14 59 http://www.hotelcourbet.fr hotelcourbet@club.fr HOTEL DE LA PINEDE 7, avenue Georges Gallice 06160 Juan-les-Pins Tél:04 93 61 03 95 HOTEL DE L'ETOILE 2, avenue Gambetta 06600 Antibes Tél:04 93 34 26 30 Fax:04 93 34 41 48 http://www.hoteletoile.com/ hetoile@club-internet.fr Hôtel EDEN 16, avenue Louis Gallet 06160 Juan-les-Pins Tél:04 93 61 05 20 Fax:04 92 93 05 31 http://www.edenhoteljuan.com edenhoteljuan@wanadoo.fr HOTEL IDEAL 12, rue Pierre Loti 06160 Juan-les-Pins Tél:04 93 61 57 73 Fax:04 93 61 57 73 http://www.hotelideal.org HOTEL JUAN BEACH "Logis de France" 5, rue de l'Oratoire 06160 Juan-les-Pins Tél:04 93 61 02 89 Fax:04 93 61 16 63 http://www.hoteljuanbeach.com info@hoteljuanbeach.com HOTEL KYRIAD 2067, chemin de Saint Claude - Nova Antipolis 06600 Antibes Tél:04 93 33 34 50 Fax:04 93 74 11 61 http://www.kyriad-antibes.com/ kyriad.antibes@wanadoo.com HOTEL LA JABOTTE 13, avenue Max Maurey 06160 Le Cap d'Antibes Tél:04 93 61 45 89 Fax:04 93 61 07 04 http://www.jabotte.com/ info@jabotte.com HOTEL LA MARJOLAINE 15, rue du Docteur Fabre 06160 Juan-les-Pins Tél:04 93 61 06 60 Fax:04 93 61 02 75 hotel_marjolaine@hotmail.com HOTEL LA RESIDENCE 13, avenue de l'Esterel 06160 Juan-les-Pins Tél:04 93 61 10 12 Fax:04 93 67 73 00 http://www.hotellaresidence.com/ hotelresidence@aol.com HOTEL LE COLLIER 19, boulevard Général Vautrin 06600 Antibes Tél:04 93 74 56 40 Fax:04 93 65 99 38 hotelrestaurant-lecollier@wanadoo.fr HOTEL LE PONTEIL "Logis de France" 10, impasse Jean Mensier 06600 Antibes Tél:04 93 34 67 92 Fax:04 93 34 49 47 http://www.leponteil.com hoteleponteil@wanadoo.fr HOTEL LE RELAIS DU POSTILLON 8, rue Championnet - Parc de la Poste 06600 Antibes Tél:04 93 34 20 77 Fax:04 93 34 61 24 http://www.relaisdupostillon.com/ postillon@atsat.com HOTEL LES CHARMETTES 25 vieux chemin de la Colle 06160 Juan-les-Pins Tél:04 93 61 47 41 Fax:04 93 61 16 08 HOTEL MEDITERRANEE 6, avenue Maréchal Reille 06600 Antibes Tél:04 93 34 14 84 Fax:04 93 34 43 31 http://www.azur-hotel-antibes.com/ hotelmediterraneeantibes@wanadoo.fr HOTEL MODERN HOTEL 1-3, rue Fourmillière 06600 Antibes Tél:04 92 90 59 05 Fax:04 92 90 59 06 modern-hotel@wanadoo.fr HOTEL PAPRIKA 15, rue Félon 06160 Juan-les-Pins Tél:04 93 61 25 19 Fax: 04 93 61 76 16 http://www.hotelpaprika.com/ hotelpaprika@wanadoo.fr HOTEL PIERRE LOTI 29, rue Pierre Loti 06160 Juan-les-Pins Tél:04 93 61 55 09 Fax:04 93 61 87 18 http://hotelpierreloti.free.fr/ hotelpierreloti@aol.com HOTEL PILOTEL 120, chemin des Groules 06600 Antibes Tél:04 92 91 11 11 Fax:04 92 91 10 01 pascaleperron@wanadoo.fr HOTEL SAVOY 144, boulevard Wilson 06160 Juan-les-Pins Tél:04 93 61 13 82 Fax:04 93 67 29 72 http://www.hotelsavoy06.com/ hotelsavoysarl@aol.com HOTEL STARS 905, chemin du Valbosquet 06600 Antibes Tél:04 93 74 42 42 Fax:04 93 65 89 46 http://www.jjfrance.com/ stars-antibes@jjwhotels.com HOTEL TERANGA 2, rue Marcel Paul 06160 Juan-les-Pins Tél:04 92 93 32 60 Fax:04 92 93 32 61 http://www.hotelteranga.com/ hotel.teranga@neuf.fr HOTEL VILLA NINA "Logis de France" 5, rue Ste Marguerite - Pont Dulys 06160 Juan-les-Pins Tél:04 93 61 55 16 Fax:04 93 67 57 85

would you recommend moving to egypt?

these are my words, It would be nice but depends on the "mohafza" or like "which State" u'll be in egypt...for example, Cairo's problem is crowdness...so if u can tolerate it then no problem...u may like Alexandria, an enchanting place on the sea...still crowded but not like Cairo of course...Ismialia the peace of the world lies there...Sharm el Sheikh, most of the ppl there are non-Egyptians and the warm and sand place u can find there...I recommend that u ask a travel consultant office about full info about places in Egypt cause it depends upon ppl's needs...and about the poverty & disease thing, it is prevalent but the government is tackling them now, well at least somehow they're trying :P...enjoy ur coming but know ur aims for coming first :D gl I'll quote Egyphile's saying really nice experience in Egypt, "It is surprising how many people know LITTLE or NOTHING about Egypt. I was one of them, until my first visit in 1979. I expected to be confronted with cobras and crocodiles at every turn. Needless to say, having lived and worked in and visited Egypt every year since...I have fallen passionately in love with the country and the people. My first surprise was CAIRO. A huge, awesome, frightening, chaotic, fascinating and absolutely marvelous city. The LARGEST in Africa. And equipped with everything the West has to offer, PLUS the greatest open air museums and Bazaars in the world!! Two of Cairo's hotel gems are the Marriott 'Palace' built around the original palace designed to accomodate the French Empress Eugenie (and other European royalty), when they were invited to attend the opening ceremonies for the Suez Canal in 1872...and the stunning Mena House, in the shadow of the Pyramids...once a Royal hunting lodge...If includes the finest Indian restaurant in the ENTIRE world. Then came Alexandria, and it's beautiful Meditteranean beaches and turn of the century patisseries and restaurants. (the worlds BEST fish restaurants...with a delectable selection that almost jumps right from the Meditteranean to your table). Hotels ranging from Ultra Deluxe to perfect little 2-star gems (which I wish would remain a well guarded secret). Once the most cosmopolitan City in the world, It still retains vestiges of it's former glory...including the Cecil Hotel, which was the favorite haunt of the rich and famous like Winston Churchill, Noel Coward, Somerset Maugham and sundry European royalty. Luxor is unsurpassed as the repository of more archeological sites than most anywhere else in the world...including the Valley of the Kings (and the tombs of the boy-king Tutankhamum, the great Ramses II, and 70 more of Egypts ancient Pharoahs. The Karnak Temple...the worlds LARGEST religious site. And it still boasts the fabulous Winter Palace Hotel (recently restored) and one of the favorite vacation spots for King Farouk (and his father King Foud)...their royal suites are still intact and are shown to guests. The Winter Palace was the favorite spa of the Victorians and Edwardians taking the 'Grand Tour'. Taking a Cruise on the Nile is pure luxury...with guest being pampered and petted and spoiled on what amount to gorgeous floating hotels!. There are now more than 400 Cruise boats to choose from, offereing cruises from 4 to 8 nights. . They ply the Nile between Luxor and Aswan . (Middle Egypt to Southern Egypt) Fun, food and glorious sunshine. Aswan, in the far south of Egypt has become my favorite vacation venue. Once the old kingdom of Nubia, it is probably the most laid back and relaxing city in all of Egypt. The Nubian people are among the friendliest in the world...hospitable, generous, courteous and they make delightful friends. The Nile is at it's most beautiful, in Aswan, especially when viewed from the stunning OLD CATARACT hotel, the Victorian watering hole that hosted Agatha Christie when she wrote "Death On The Nile"...and also the location where filming was done for the movie. Aswan also boast a number of Island spas and resorts, away from the hustle and bustle of traffic and noise....each with their own 'launches' that ferry passengers from Aswan city, 24 hours per day. Put Egypt high up on your list of MUST DO places. You will NOT be disappointed. You will not find friendlier, more welcoming and hospitable people in the world. Experience!!!" http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index;_ylt=AtVGHPBK0ZThAR3VQ6QLpr3sy6IX;_ylv=3?qid=20081201103305AAHIWt7&show=7#profile-info-it5cjyOraa

Philadelphia (Temple University) - bars, clubs, hangouts ?

The only one I know is the Draught Horse on Cecil B. Moore Ave, pretty much right next to Temple. http://www.draughthorse.com/ I think that place is popular with Temple Students.

Hotel State Street in Santa Barbara, CA....have you stayed there?

DEFINITELY would not stay there. I happen to know that parolees live there, and it's almost a halfway house. (Kind of like the Cecil Hotel in LA). If you want to hang out with people just out of prison, go ahead. It's a pretty low-class hotel, IMHO. But they gotta do what they have to in order to stay in business. They just won't get my business.

im going to LA for a week vacation, and i dont know where to stay..?

There are literally hundreds of things to do here in LA. Here is my list of “must sees”. Visit as many as you have time for.: Disneyland: The Happiest Place on Earth. Half a billion visitors can’t be wrong. (Sometimes it seems all at once) Universal Studios: A theme park that grew out of a studio tour. Even if you don’t visit Disneyland or Universal Studios Tour, Downtown Disney District and Universal City Walk are very fun places to visit for shopping and eating. And they’re free to visit. Hollywood: Hollywood Boulevard is ready for its close-up, thanks to years of urban renewal and renovation. Enjoy the Walk of Fame, Entertainment Museum, Chinese Theatre and more. You can see a lot for free. The Hollywood & Highland complex is AMAZING. It looks like it was designed by Cecil B. DeMille, and has lots of shops and restaurants, and the Kodak Theater (home of the Academy Awards). I also like the El Capitan theater, right across the street, because it has been restored to its former glory. And the Hollywood Bowl is a GREAT place to listen to concerts outdoors. Rodeo Drive, 90210: Packed with exclusive shops, full of gawkers. They all came to enjoy the excess. Free, unless you intend to buy something. Venice Beach: Los Angeles kitsch and over-the-top culture at its best. Here you'll find Muscle Beach, street performers and tacky shops galore. Fun, VERY interesting, but I avoid it after dark, when it gets a little TOO interesting for my taste. And it's a short bike ride from Santa Monica Pier. Santa Monica Beach and Pier: Great beach scene and a classic seaside amusement park, complete with antique carousel that has been in a lot of TV and movies. (The Sting and "Three's Company" come immediately to mind). After visiting the pier, you can ride a bike south a couple miles to Venice Beach. Santa Monica Third Street Promenade - Downtown Santa Monica's shopping promenade is often the scene of movie star-sightings. Just a short walk from the Santa Monica Pier. Sunset Boulevard: Perhaps one of the world's most famous streets, it began as a route between the stars' posh neighborhoods and the Hollywood studios. It runs from downtown to the ocean, passing through the "Sunset Strip" on its way. It makes for a fun drive. Along the way, you see a lot of different neighborhoods: Hollywood, West Hollywood, Bel Air, and Pacific Palisades. When you get to the ocean, stop at Gladstone's for Fish. Queen Mary: Once the largest ship afloat, she's been docked in Long Beach for longer than she sailed, and her elegance never fails to impress. Free to visit. You can actually stay on board, for a price. Farmers Market and The Grove - A new shopping complex right next to a Los Angeles landmark, The Grove and Farmers Market coexist. Enjoy a movie or shopping, and then take the trolley to the Farmers Market for lunch or dinner. It is right next to CBS, so walk across the lot to see if they are taping "The Price is Right". You might even get in. TAAB: The Americana at Brand- The newly opened TAAB, developed by the same group that gave us The Grove, breathes new life into Glendale, and gives all those hip people in Eagle Rock and the eastern half of LA a great place to go. Griffith Park - Home of the Los Angeles Zoo, Griffith Park Observatory, Travel Town, the Greek Theatre, and Gene Autry Museum of Western Heritage. Getty Museum - The Getty's architecture is so beautiful that it keeps me fascinated. No matter whether you like their art or architecture better (or maybe you'll just enjoy the view), the Getty is sure to please. Free. Attend a TV taping - You can get free tickets at audiencesunlimited.com, tvtix.com, or see the booth at Universal City walk. It's very interesting to see a show being taped. The most popular, by far, is the Tonight show with Jay Leno. Check the NBC web site for all the details there. Wicked at the Pantages Theater- Located in the heart of Hollywood, this is an excellent and long running production, the most POPULAR show in LA right now. Places to eat: In-N-Out Burger: Multiple locations, best burger in LA, ask anyone. Pink’s Hot Dogs: 709 N. La Brea, just north of Melrose. You might even see a celebrity. Maybe. Tommy’s Chili Burgers: Look for the shack, an LA tradition. The original location is at Beverly & Rampart, a couple miles west of downtown. Canter’s Deli: 419 N. Fairfax, between Beverly & Melrose. Near CBS, you might spot a celebrity. Phillippe’s: 1001 N. Alameda. Great roast beef sandwiches. Near Union Station and Olvera Street. Watch the mustard, it’s hot. The Pantry: Corner of Figueroa and 9th, downtown. Huge portions, they never close, GREAT steak and eggs. Places to Stay: Since LA is so spread out, there is no single place that is close to EVERYTHING. Most people who come here tend to stay in Hollywood, Santa Monica, or Anaheim. In Hollywood, I recommend the Renaissance Hotel at Hollywood and Highland, the Best Western Sunset Plaza, or t

Please let me know the names of a few hotels near Mosque-Mausoleum al-Busiri in Alexandria walking distance?

1 $188 El - Salamlek Palace Hotel 2 $502 Helnan Palestine 3 Aida Beach Hotel 4 $90 Renaissance Alexandria Egypt 5 $125 Hilton Green Plaza 6 $66 Montazah Sheraton Hotel 7 Porto Marina 8 $112 Sofitel Cecil Alexandria 9 $77 Maamura Palace Hotel 10 El Haram Hotel These hotels are all in Alexandria. They are all a short drive away. The pricing is rather varied your choice. Certain times of year are hirer than others. Put the name of the hotel in browser an search for information on each hotel. You can also email the title below . Send an email to them they will respond to the closest hotel to the mausoleum at Al Busiri Alexandria. Good Luck

I wanna go to LA but I don't know any places please help ?

Go downtown. You can buy a whole packages of bras, underwear, and other stuff for wholesale. I bought a 12 pack of bras for $12. And they were the good kinds..Things you normally buy way expensive and you can get a good deal... Sandals that are in fashion and still haven't even come out in Iowa for like $6. Bring money to buy clothes. I have noticed that in San Jose, California at the flea markets people buy the big packs of underwear and sell them there at San Jose's for like 3 for $12. A total rip off!! LA has a lot of stuff to see I learned when I went to Spring Break that you should take a lot of money. I only took $500 and went to San Francisco, LA, Napa, Ven Nuys. But, I didn't waste just to waste money. LA definitively take money if you want to buy stuff you can't buy anywhere for those prices..Have family if you have any take you to the good places because there's this store there that everything less than $10. You can buy sandals for $3 that are really cute and stuff. -Step into Hollywood history: The forecourt of Grauman’s Chinese Theatre has been one of the most popular free attractions since the 1920s, when actress Norma Talmadge accidentally stepped in wet cement during the premiere of Cecil B. DeMille’s King of Kings. Movie fans from around the world compare their hands and feet to those of stars past and present. -The churches are awesome. I am from Iowa, but those churches are amazing they are like Spanish Cathedrals and remind me of the ones I went to In Mexico. -Go eat!! A lot of good food in LA -There are plenty of awesome museums to visit -The -The basics: Theme parks: Universal Studios, Six Flags: Magic Mountain, Knott's Berry Farm, Disneyland. -Take a Picture at the Hollywood sign! -Chinatown! -Even more fun: Sunset Strip, Museum of Tolerance, Los Angeles Farmer's Market, Huntington Beach Pier. -Some other interesting activities: Westwood Memorial Park (where most celebrities are buried.) Hollywood Wax Museum, Anime Expo. -Sports: Staples Center, Lakers Game, Dodgers Game. -Studios: Warner Bros Studio Tour, NBC Studios, Culver Studios, CBS Studios, Paramount Studio Tour The list goes on..LA is interesting. I do warn you LA is nasty. The air is gross. I can feel the contamination. But yet again: Iowa is very clean.

What for signs are in Los angeles?

There are literally hundreds of things to do here in LA. Here is my top ten list: Disneyland: The Happiest Place on Earth. Half a billion visitors can’t be wrong. (Sometimes it seems all at once) Universal Studios: A theme park that grew out of a studio tour. And Universal City Walk is a fun place to hang out in the evening after your day inside the park. Hollywood: Hollywood Boulevard is ready for its close-up, thanks to years of urban renewal and renovation. Enjoy the Walk of Fame, Entertainment Museum, Chinese Theatre and more. You can see a lot for free. The Hollywood & Highland complex is AMAZING. It looks like it was designed by Cecil B. DeMille, and has lots of shops and restaurants, and the Kodak Theater (home of the Academy Awards). I also like the El Capitan theater, right across the street, because it has been restored to its former glory. Rodeo Drive, 90210: Packed with exclusive shops, full of gawkers. They all came to enjoy the excess. Free, unless you intend to buy something. Venice Beach: Los Angeles kitsch and over-the-top culture at its best. Here you'll find Muscle Beach, street performers and tacky shops galore. Fun, VERY interesting, but I avoid it after dark, when it gets a little TOO interesting for my taste. And it's a short bike ride from Santa Monica Pier. Santa Monica Beach and Pier: Great beach scene and a classic seaside amusement park, complete with antique carousel that has been in a lot of TV and movies. (The Sting and "Three's Company" come immediately to mind). After visiting the pier, you can ride a bike south a couple miles to Venice Beach. Santa Monica Third Street Promenade - Downtown Santa Monica's shopping promenade is often the scene of movie star-sightings. Just a short walk from the Santa Monica Pier. Sunset Boulevard: Perhaps one of the world's most famous streets, it began as a route between the stars' posh neighborhoods and the Hollywood studios. It runs from downtown to the ocean, passing through the "Sunset Strip" on its way. It makes for a fun drive. Along the way, you see a lot of different neighborhoods: Hollywood, West Hollywood, Bel Air, and Pacific Palisades. When you get to the ocean, stop at Gladstone's for Fish. Queen Mary: Once the largest ship afloat, she's been docked in Long Beach for longer than she sailed, and her elegance never fails to impress. Free to visit. You can actually stay on board, for a price. Farmers Market and The Grove - A new shopping complex right next to a Los Angeles landmark, The Grove and Farmers Market coexist. Enjoy a movie or shopping, and then take the trolley to the Farmers Market for lunch or dinner. It is right next to CBS, so walk across the lot to see if they are taping "The Price is Right". You might even get in. TAAB: The Americana at Brand- The newly opened TAAB, developed by the same group that gave us The Grove, breathes new life into Glendale, and gives all those hip people in Eagle Rock and the eastern half of LA a great place to go. Griffith Park - Home of the Los Angeles Zoo, Griffith Park Observatory, Travel Town, the Greek Theatre, and Gene Autry Museum of Western Heritage. Getty Museum - The Getty's architecture is so beautiful that it keeps me fascinated. No matter whether you like their art or architecture better (or maybe you'll just enjoy the view), the Getty is sure to please. Free. Attend a TV taping - You can get free tickets at audiencesunlimited.com, tvtix.com, or see the booth at Universal City walk. It's very interesting to see a show being taped. The most popular, by far, is the Tonight show with Jay Leno. Check the NBC web site for all the details there. Wicked at the Pantages Theater- Located in the heart of Hollywood, this is an excellent and long running production, the most POPULAR show in LA right now. Places to eat: In-N-Out Burger: Multiple locations, best burger in LA, ask anyone. Pink’s Hot Dogs: 709 N. La Brea, just north of Melrose. You might even see a celebrity. Maybe. Tommy’s Chili Burgers: Look for the shack, an LA tradition. The original location is at Beverly & Rampart, a couple miles west of downtown. Canter’s Deli: 419 N. Fairfax, between Beverly & Melrose. Near CBS, you might spot a celebrity. Phillippe’s: 1001 N. Alameda. Great roast beef sandwiches. Near Union Station and Olvera Street. Watch the mustard, it’s hot. The Pantry: Corner of Figueroa and 9th, downtown. Huge portions, they never close, GREAT steak and eggs. Places to Stay: Since LA is so spread out, there is no single place that is close to EVERYTHING. Most people who come here tend to stay in Hollywood, Santa Monica, or Anaheim. In Hollywood, I recommend the Renaissance Hotel at Hollywood and Highland, the Best Western Sunset Plaza, or the Holiday Inn Walk of Fame. In Santa Monica, the Holiday Inn Santa Monica is close to the pier and reasonably priced. In Anaheim, I recommend the Howard Johnson (HoJo) Anaheim, and the Candy Cane Inn. If you want to splurge and make this a most memorable trip, stay at Disney’s Grand Californian. You get the full Disney experience. Places to Shop: Third Street Promenade, Santa Monica The Grove, Los Angeles Americana @ Brand, Glendale Beverly Center, Los Angeles Citadel Outlets, Commerce Brea Mall, Brea The Block at Orange, Orange South Coast Plaza, Costa Mesa Fashion Island, Newport Beach Santee Alley, Los Angeles

i need to find a year-round homeless shelter for women in anne arundel county maryland. please help?

The Homeless Women-Crisis Shelter Home Program provides shelter, room and board, counseling, and referral services to homeless women and children. The shelters offer a 24-hour crisis hotline in addition to safe accommodations and meals. Other services include direct resource referral for housing, physical and mental health care, education, training, employment services, and case management. This program is located in 15 jurisdictions in Maryland. Anne Arundel County Baltimore City Baltimore County Calvert County Carroll County Cecil County Garrett County Harford County Montgomery County Prince George�s County Somerset, Wicomico, Worcester St. Mary�s County Worcester County For more information about the Homeless Women-Crisis Shelter Program, contact Tricia Joralemon at (410) 767-7297. Anne Arundel County DSS 80 West Street Annapolis, MD 21401 Marcia Kennai, Director 410-269-4600 (admin.) 410-269-4700 (after-hours) 410-974-8566 (fax)

Has anybody here stayed at the cecil hotel in cali recently? If so, please give me your honest opinion of it?

Looks like you made the prime mistake that people make in this forum: Using "Cali" instead of "California" or "SoCal". We hate that. You get beaten with the Cali stick for that. The Cecil? Almost ANY hotel but that one! It's on skid row, full of drug users, prostitutes, parolees, and very scary people. And you have to share a bathroom with them! http://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowUserReviews-g32655-d276208-r32224701-Cecil_Hotel-Los_Angeles_California.html http://www.joeydevilla.com/2008/11/03/a-dump-with-a-future-or-my-review-of-the-cecil-hotel-los-angeles/ Actually, as your punishment for using "Cali", you will be required to stay in the Cecil.

I just allegedly had a carne asada burrito and it tasted like a salmon roll, are they lucky I don't sue?

Stooge: Somebody call the Doctor! TD: "Yes, How May I help?" Stooge: You're not a doctor! TD: "No, but I did stay at the Cecil Hotel last night. 620 S Main, in downtown LA..." Stooge: HELP!

HOTEL/MOTEL AROUND 750$ A MONTH IN DOWNTOWN LA AREA?

Sure, try the Fantasyland Hotel. Tink's the manager. Tell her Walt sent you, and the 7th night is free. Seriously, $25 a night for a hotel in Los Angeles? Sorry, no such thing exists. Even The Cecil and Jerry's Motel rents for $65 per night.

how can i go to cecil hotel in LA from LAX airport?

Contrary to the other two, I know they have tried to improve and market the Cecil recently, but I too would like to warn you off it unless you are an especially hardy soul. The most economical transport is the way described by bus: LAX Lot C shuttle bus to the METRO bus station, then the bus to downtown. The handiest way is Super Shuttle, and I have no doubt they will take you right to the door. In LA, there are many people who are downtown-averse. This is wrong, and downtown has changed a lot in the last few years, but still I wonder if you could start out somewhere better and check out the Cecil in daylight hours before risking it. You could always move over there, but it really is a questionable area still.

Where is the best place to stay in Athens?

These are the best places to stay in Athens: Acropolis Select EUR60 to EUR160, Koukaki Cecil Hotel EUR60 to EUR160, Monastiraki Grande Bretagne Over EUR200, Syntagma Sq. Plaka Hotel EUR100 to EUR200, Plaka St. George Lycabettus EUR160 to Over EUR200, Kolonaki Prices are for two people in a standard double room in high season, including tax. As a result of the 2004 Olympics, Athens's hotels have risen both in quality and number of rooms. Nearly every hotel in town underwent a renovation before the games, with luxury hotels paying serious attention to style and design and many adding spas, pools, and gyms. Concept hotels like the Semiramis in Kifissia and Periscope in Kolonaki have not escaped the notice of the international media. Athens's budget hotels -- once little better than dorms -- now often have air-conditioning and television, along with prettier public spaces. Perhaps best of all is the increase in the number of good-quality, middle-rank family hotels, of which there was long a shortage. The most convenient hotels for tourists are in the city center. Some of the older hotels in Plaka and near Omonia Square are comfortable and clean, their charm inherent in their age. But along with charm may come leaking plumbing, sagging mattresses, and other lapses in the details -- take a good look at the room. The thick stone walls of neoclassical buildings keep them cool in summer, but few of the budget hotels have central heating, and it can be devilishly cold in winter. A buffet breakfast is often served for a few euros extra: cold cuts and cheese, even poached eggs and other meat, but nothing cooked to order. Happy Travels!!!!!

Where is a reasonable hotel near the garment district in Los Angeles? How do I get there from San Jose Ca.?

I'd recommend hotels either in Little Tokyo or along Figuroa - both about 15 mins walk from garment district. In Little Tokyo - New Otani Hotel, The Miyako Hotel Los Angeles, The Kawada Hotel On Fig you could try the Wilshire Grand. There's lots of cheap hotels too - The Cecil, or The Stillwell I'd fly on SouthWest airlines to Burbank, then get the Metrolink or Amtrack train to Union Station (about 15 mins). Or fly to LAX and get the new bus to Union Station. Then take the Red Line or a $5 cab ride to the hotel..

Just wondering about this, why do people refer to a building as in "stories" and not as floors or levels?

found this........ ----------------------------------------------------- Dear Cecil: What is the origin of the term "story" when applied to a building? --Vaughn C., Scottsdale, Arizona Cecil replies: I hesitate to go into this, Vaughn, but what the heck, you're old enough. A century ago etymologists speculated that "story" came from some lost word "stairy," perhaps related to Gaelic staidhir, flight of stairs; or possibly from something along the lines of "stagery," derived from "stage." Others dismissed these as being obviously born of desperation, and for a time the experts settled on Old French estoree, a thing built. But doubts arose when researchers dug up such phrases as una historia octo fenestrarum, "a story of eight windows," from medieval Latin history books. Historia in Roman times meant history or story, and by the Middle Ages had acquired the meaning of "picture." So the charming notion arose that medieval folk were in the habit of installing rows of windows in their buildings called "stories" that were decorated with paintings or sculpture. The theory is that these stories, which for all anybody knows may actually have told a story, eventually came to signify a level of a building. Apparently as evidence of this practice, the authors of the Morris Dictionary of Word and Phrase Origins cite the fact that they once visited a Swiss-style hotel decorated along these lines in Lake Placid, New York. (Each floor was tricked out with a large hand-lettered slogan, such as "The only way to multiply happiness is to divide it.") At any rate, conjecture has now hardened into conviction. Believe at your own risk. --CECIL ADAMS

Need some help - 3/4 days in L.A. attractions and hotels?

Yea you can do all that stuff in 3/4 days...well, probably not Disneyland...if you want to go to an amusement park you should pick Universal Studios or Disneyland. I went to LA a few years ago and we did all the stuff you listed except for Disneyland in 3/4 days. I dunno about hotels though, sorry. We stayed at a hotel called The Magic Castle Hotel....the electricity went out all throughout the Hollywood area the first 2 days while we were there and yet it was still one of my most favorite hotels to ever stay in.

Are there any cheap hotels in Los Angeles, CA?

Comfort Inn Los Angeles City Center City Centre: Downtown $ 69.00 Best Western Markland Hotel Monterey Park City $ 70.00 Westsiderentals Hollywood Hotel Hollywood $ 61.00 Cecil Hotel Los Angeles City Centre: Downtown $ 44.00 Cecil Hotel Los Angeles Description Central to many cultural areas such as Olvera Street and Little Tokyo as well as major Los Angeles Attractions, the Cecil Hotel boasts many amenities and services that will make your stay memorable. Location The Cecil Hotel is ideally located in the heart of the historic district in downtown Los Angeles, with some of the finest shopping, trendy restaurants and entertainment within walking distance. The world-renowned Los Angeles Fashion District, Los Angeles Jewelry District and Santee Alley are just steps away from this European-style hotel. Rooms The property offers a variety of spacious accommodation units, including American-style rooms, that come with all the modern amenities for a memorable stay. Restaurant Whether a foodie, a purist, an eat to live type of diner or you are simply hungry for anything, downtown Los Angeles offers a variety of options to please every palate and budget. With so many choices and types of foods, you will have to look no further than the surrounding area from which to choose. General The hotel features a well-equipped meeting space to accommodate groups of 5 to 80 guests and is an ideal place for your business or social events. At leisure, take an opportunity to explore the major attractions that dwell in the city of Los Angeles. http://www.hotelclub.net/hotel.reservations/Cecil_Hotel_Los_Angeles.htm Good Nite Inn Sylmar Los Angeles San Fernando Valley $ 44.00 Tradewinds Airport Hotel Airport: Los Angeles Int'l $ 47.00 Comfort Inn & Suites Los Angeles Bell Gardens $ 61.00 Days Inn Hollywood Hollywood $ 70.00 Clarion Hotel Downtown City Centre: Downtown $ 67.00 Best Western Pasadena Inn Pasadena $ 63.00 Americas Best Value Inn & Suites Los Angeles Commerce City $ 57.00 Super 8 Los Angeles Alhambra Hotel City $ 55.00 Super 8 Los Angeles Alhambra Hotel Description An ideal place in the city of Los Angeles, this hotel offers a warm welcome, pleasant ambience and convenient facilities. Location Conveniently located just minutes away from Alhambra downtown with abundance of shopping, Movie theatres, elegant dinning, pubs and bars, Super 8 Los Angeles Alhambra Hotel is placed just 30 minutes drive from the Venice and Santa Monica beaches. Rooms This property boasts comfortable as well as elegantly designed accommodation units, all of which include the most up-to-date facilities. Specially adapted rooms for the disabled guests are also available for their comfort. Restaurant Before setting out for a day's pleasure or business, guests can enjoy the specialties included in the continental buffet in the breakfast room. General Facilities such as internet access, fax and photocopying are also available at the hotel to meet the needs of business travellers. http://www.hotelclub.net/hotel.reservations/Super_8_Los_Angeles_Alhambra_Hotel.htm

need hotel recommendation in downtown la? need ur help again *obviousman*?

Wow, groupies. Who knew? Before I go on, it is with the understanding that you will issue an apology to Paris Hilton. That is just her "nom de plume", and she is one of the top answerers here in this forum, not the real Paris Hilton. I'm glad you were able to cancel the reservation at the Cecil. Most aren't so lucky. One of the problems I have with the Cecil is the surrounding neighborhood. So the hostel next door should be avoided as well. The other two that you mentioned (Mayfair and Ritz Milner) are definitely a step up. The neighborhoods are better, and even though the hotels are still going to be "budget", I don't feel as scared sending you to these places. These are certainly not fancy by any means. They are older places. Some would call them quaint and charming. I just call them old. Art deco exteriors only do it for me when I have a comfy bed. The Mayfair can be reached by taking the Red Line Subway to the 7th St/Metro Station, and going a few blocks. I also have a third option for you, in Chinatown. It's called the Royal Pagoda. To save yourself from walking too far, you can take the Gold Line from Union Station to Chinatown. Any of those 3 should be satisfactory for someone who is on a tight budget and isn't looking for the Ritz Carlton at motel prices. I don't know why you're staying downtown. That's not really anyplace you want to be unless you have to be there. Good luck!

Nice and inexpensive hotel near HOB sunset strip?

Travelguy, you're an idiot. The Cecil Hotel is a flophouse for crackheads in downtown. She said NICE, you dolt! And the Hollywood Studio Inn is where the crackheads go when they get tired of the Cecil. To be fair, the Cecil is trying to upgrade their clientele, but it's not worth the risk at this time. Astro, if you want nice, you're going to have to pay for it. The really cheap hotels on the Strip (or anywhere) are NOT nice. I recommend the Best Western Sunset Plaza, a smaller hotel on the strip, that is rated highly and reasonablye priced for West Hollywood. If you want to stay in Hollywood, then try the Holiday Inn Walk of Fame. Decent place, close to Hollywood & Highland, but a ways from the Sunset Strip.

What do all the John 3:16 signs at sporting events mean?

Recently on your America Online site you posted your old column about Rock'n Rollen Stewart, the guy who used to hold up those "John 3:16" signs at sports events. You may be interested to know that Stewart is now serving a life sentence in jail. --Name withheld, via AOL Cecil replies: Yipes. I lost track of Rollen after talking to him in 1987. At the time he struck me, and I'd say most people, as a harmless if obsessed flake. Shows how wrong you can be. A few years later Stewart went completely off his nut, staged a series of bombings, and wound up in prison after a bizarre kidnapping stunt. The whole story is told in The Rainbow Man/John 3:16, a new documentary by San Francisco filmmaker Sam Green. If you doubt that too much TV is bad for you, you won't after seeing this flick. Stewart's problems started during his childhood in Spokane, Washington. His parents were alcoholics. His father died when Rollen was seven. His mother was killed in a house fire when he was 15. That same year his sister was strangled by her boyfriend. A shy kid, Rollen got into drag racing in high school, married his first love, and opened a speed shop. But his wife soon left him. Crushed, he sold the shop and moved to a mountain ranch where he became a marijuana farmer, tried to grow the world's longest mustache, and watched a lot of TV. In 1976, looking for a way to make his mark, Rollen conceived the idea of becoming famous by constantly popping up in the background of televised sporting events. Wearing a multicolored Afro wig (hence the nickname "Rainbow Man"), he'd carry a battery-powered TV to keep track of the cameras, wait for his moment, then jump into the frame, grinning and giving the thumbs-up. Rollen figured he'd be able to parlay his underground (OK, background) celebrity into a few lucrative TV gigs and retire rich. But except for one Budweiser commercial, it didn't happen. Feeling depressed after the 1980 Super Bowl, he began watching a preacher on the TV in his hotel room and found Jesus. He began showing up at TV events wearing T-shirts emblazoned with "Jesus Saves"-type slogans and various Bible citations, most frequently John 3:16 ("For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son," etc.). Later accompanied by his wife, a fellow Christian he married in the mid-80s, he spent all his time traveling to sports events around the country, lived in his car, and subsisted on savings and donations. He guesses he was seen at more than a thousand events all told. This brings us to the late 80s. By now Rollen had gotten his 15 minutes of fame and was the target of increasing harassment by TV and stadium officials. His wife left him, saying he had choked her because she held up a sign in the wrong location. His car was totaled by a drunk driver, his money ran out, and he wound up homeless in LA. Increasingly convinced that the end was near, Rollen decided to create a radically different media character. He set off a string of bombs in a church, a Christian bookstore, a newspaper office, and several other locations. Meanwhile he sent out apocalyptic letters that included a hit list of preachers, signing the letters "the Antichrist." Rollen says he wanted to call attention to the Christian message, and while this may seem like a sick way to go about it, it wasn't much weirder than waving signs in the end zone at football games. In any case, no one was hurt in the bombings, which mostly involved stink bombs. On September 22, 1992, believing the Rapture was only six days away and having prepared himself by watching TV for 18 hours a day, Stewart began his last "presentation." Posing as a contractor, he picked up two day laborers in downtown LA, then drove to an airport hotel. Taking the men up to a room, he unexpectedly walked in on a chambermaid. In the confusion that followed he drew a gun, the two men escaped, and the maid locked herself in the bathroom. The police surrounded the joint, and Rollen demanded a three-hour press conference, hoping to make his last national splash. He didn't get it. After a nine-hour siege the cops threw in a concussion grenade, kicked down the door, and dragged him away. About to be given three life sentences for kidnapping, Rollen threw a tantrum in the courtroom and now blames everything on a society that's "bigoted toward Jesus Christ." A cop who negotiated with him by phone during the hotel standoff had a better take on it: "With all due respect, maybe you look at a little bit too much TV." For info on the Rainbow Man documentary, write Sam Green, 2437 Peralta St., suite C, Oakland, CA 94607.

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Does anyone know any ghost stories about The Bilmore House in Asheville, NC?

There is a lot of history behind the Biltmore House, So i would imagine so.. In the 1880s, at the height of the Gilded Age, George Washington Vanderbilt II, youngest son of William Henry Vanderbilt, began to make regular visits with his mother to the Asheville area. He loved the scenery and climate so much that he decided to create his own summer estate in the area, as his older brothers and sisters had built opulent summer houses in places such as Newport, Rhode Island, and Hyde Park, New York. Vanderbilt's idea was to replicate the working estates of Europe. He commissioned Richard Morris Hunt, who had previously designed houses for various family members, to design the house in imitation of several Loire Valley chateaux, including the Chateau de Blois. Wanting the best, Vanderbilt also employed Frederick Law Olmsted to design the grounds, including the deliberately rustic three-mile Approach Road, and Gifford Pinchot to manage the forests. Intending that the estate could be self-supporting, Vanderbilt set up scientific forestry programs, poultry farms, cattle farms, hog farms and a dairy. The estate included its own village (today Biltmore Village) and even a church. Family members and friends invited from all over the United States and beyond came to experience the opulent estate with the splendor of Olmsted's sweet-smelling gardens, rich foods at the 64-seat banquet table, and the stunning beauty of Vanderbilt's mountainous grounds. Famous guests through the years include author Edith Wharton, novelist Henry James, Presidents McKinley, Wilson, Nixon, and Charles, Prince of Wales. Vanderbilt paid little attention to the family business or his own investments, and the construction and upkeep of Biltmore depleted much of his inheritance. After Vanderbilt died of complications from an emergency appendectomy in 1914, his widow, Edith Stuyvesant Vanderbilt, finalized the sale of much of the original 125,000 acres (506 km²) to the federal government (begun by Vanderbilt before his death), which became the nucleus of Pisgah National Forest. The estate today covers approximately 8,000 acres (32 km²) and is split in half by the French Broad River. It is owned by The Biltmore Company, which is controlled by Vanderbilt's grandson, William A.V. Cecil, II. In 1963, it was designated a National Historic Landmark. Here is a site that names a couple of places they believe are haunted in that area including the Biltmore Estate. Asheville Hauntings & Legends aSkyeWolfe Magickal Pages NC Hauntings & Legends US Hauntings by State Haunted Home Forum Basilica St. Lawrence - During the construction of the cathedral, the architect was very particular as to not let anyone know the exact way that he was building it. This cathedral has the largest dome of its kind, but no one knows how it was built because if anyone walked up during its construction, the architect would cover up his work until he was alone again. It is believed that the architect’s body is buried within the walls of the cathedral. However, the church will not allow any further research to take place within the cathedral. Barley's Taproom & Pizzeria - 42 Biltmore Avenue - A restored 1920s appliance store. Site of Asheville's Largest Mass Murder on November 13, 1906 Will Harris, a fugitive from Charlotte, killed five people, including two policemen, and injured more, before being gunned down himself. Harris died from more than 100 bullets from a posse of over 1000 men. Property close behind Barley's was the site of gallows where many criminals met a public demise for years. Employees and customers, share paranormal experiences dating back to the early 1990s (it opened in 1994) At least one employee quit his job due to paranormal activity. He witnessed a backroom elevator "operating itself." Battery Park Hotel - 1 Battle Square - at the corner of O. Henry Street - This Georgian-style high-rise building was once downtown Asheville's grandest hotel. Though now an apartment complex for senior citizens, the building is haunted by the ghost of a young female hotel guest who was brutally murdered here in the 1930's, and also by at least two male suicide victims who jumped from the roof and are sometimes seen plummeting toward the ground before vanishing in mid-air - about which the Asheville Police Department occasionally receives calls from horrified witnesses. Battle Mansion - Now vacant, the former headquarters of WLOS-TV, Asheville's ABC affiliate, is neighbor to the Grove Park Inn Resort and Spa. A spirit named Alice, thought to be that of a maid who died in a fall down a staircase haunts this imposing mansion. A ghost in a lavender dress, somehow connected with the Battle Mansion, is sometimes seen walking with the Grove Park Inn's "Pink Lady" on the Inn's golf course. The Biltmore Estate - Numerous phantoms stalk the elegant halls of America's largest home, including a woman dressed in black who appears on the second floor, a maid who appears to startled visitors and offers them a glass of champagne from a tray before vanishing, a headless orange cat seen in the gardens, and a maid who stands guard by a door on the third floor. Unidentified spirits, thought to be Mr. and Mrs. Vanderbilt, haunt the Library, Oak Sitting Room, and Billiard Room, while the sound of maniacal laughter sometimes issues from the drain of the basement swimming pool. Chicken Alley - off Carolina Lane - dead-end downtown street known to those who live there as Chicken Alley.The legendary ghost of Dr. Jamie Smith, who lived at this infamous Asheville locale known as "Chicken Alley" over a century ago. For decades, countless sightings of his ghost have been reported. Dr. Smith was killed in a bar-room confrontation in 1902 at the old historic "Broadway's Tavern" The tavern was destroyed by fire the following year. The close vicinity known as Chicken Alley has been victim to his ghost for over one hundred years! Club Fusion - This Asheville nightspot occupies a former warehouse over a century old in Biltmore Village. Poltergeist activity has been reported here, and from time to time a misty white human form appears on security videotape, striding across the dance floor before disappearing. Peculiar electrical, temperature, and light phenomena seem to cluster around the dance cages. Clyde A. Erwin High School - This modern building was constructed in 1973 on a plot of land owned by Buncombe County and thought to contain a handful of graves from a small family cemetery. To their horror, engineers and county officials discovered well over a thousand graves beneath the soil, and an investigation revealed that the land was home to a long-forgotten paupers cemetery where orphans, drifters, criminals, and patients from local tuberculosis hospitals were interred. Nails, splinters, and pieces of broken bone work their way up through the soil after heavy rains and numerous grave-shaped and -sized depressions dot the school grounds. Though efforts were made to relocate all the graves, between one and two hundred bodies are believed to still lie beneath the school. Custodians are reluctant to work inside the building at night, and report being followed by heavy footsteps through the halls. Estes-Winn Memorial Automobile Museum - Located near the famous Grove Park Inn, this showplace of antique cars is home also to mysterious orbs of light, visible using infrared cameras, seen flitting from vehicle to vehicle at night. The Grove Park Inn - 290 Macon Avenue - A mysterious Pink Lady has been seen, felt and experienced by hotel employees and guests at The Grove Park Inn Resort in Asheville for more than three quarters of a century. Around 1920, a young woman dressed in pink fell to her death at the hotel's Palm Court Atrium. No one knows if her death was a suicide, murder, or accident. Even her name remains a mystery. However, shortly thereafter, hotel guests and employees began encountering the apparition of a "pink lady". A benevolent spirit, she especially seems to like children. In fact, she's also fond of childish pranks, like manipulating room lights and door locks. Some have heard her voice--others have felt her electrical presence pass through them. Separate accounts of unexplained severe cold chills in Room 545 and an apparition in a dense pink smoke, said to be a very gentle spirit, have been reported ever since. Helens' Bridge - As you drive up Beaucatcher Mountain on Vance Gap Road (I have also been told Town Mountain Road), you'll pass through a narrow, steep-walled gorge. Look up, and there it is – the strange little stone bridge that seems to connect nothing to nothing - Built in 1909 to provide access to the Zealandia Mansion on the crest of Beaucatcher Mountain, Helen's Bridge, or Zealandia's Bridge was special from its conception. The bridge was graced with beauty, both in its arched design and its quarried stone construction. R. S. Smith was the designing Architect. R. S. Smith was the field architect for the Biltmore House and designed The Cathedral of All Souls in Biltmore Village. The story goes that Helen was a woman who lived on Beaucatcher Mountain many years ago with her only daughter. One night her house caught fire and the child perished. Helen was so distraught she hung herself from the small stone bridge near her home. Since that night it has been said if you go to the bride late at night, turn off your car, and call Helen's name she will appear to you. A sad glowing figure. If you are "lucky" enough to see her you may as well settle in. Those who see Helen find that their car won't start when they try to leave. Highland Hospital - originally known as "Dr. Carroll's Sanatorium," founded by Dr. Robert S. Carroll, a distinguished psychiatrist. Montford Avenue in 1909, and was officially named Highland Hospital in 1912. A variety of buildings built in Georgian Colonial, Norman and Arts and Crafts styles housed the patients and the facilities, most of which still stand today including Highland Hall. The campus also included Dr. Carroll's home at 19 Zillicoa Street, known as Homewood. On March 10, 1948, a deadly fire broke out in the main building and took the lives of nine women. Among the victims was author Zelda Fitzgerald, wife of F. Scott Fitzgerald. The doors were locked, the windows were chained, and the wooden fire escapes burned. Jackson Building - 22 S. Pack Square - Built from 1904 to 1925, Asheville's first skyscraper, stands on the site where the monument shop of author Thomas Wolfe's father once stood.The upper floors of Asheville's most historic skyscraper are haunted by the despairing spirits of financiers who lost their fortunes in the stock market crash of 1929 and consequently hurled themselves from the roof. Kenilworth Inn - 60 Caledonia Road - This handsome hotel was opened about 1890. The original Kenilworth Inn was built in 1890 and was destroyed by fire in 1909. The Kenilworth Inn was rebuilt in 1913 and served as a military hospital for officers during World War I. The Kenilworth Inn Resort reopened following World War I, but failed during the depression and was closed. The property was purchased by two local doctors, William Ray and Mark A Griffin, two brothers who reopened the property as a psychiatric hospital in 1931. It remained a psychiatric hospital until 2000 when it was turned into apartments. The Melting Pot Restaurant - Biltmore Village - Originally built, in the early part of the last century, as the Biltmore-Oteen Bank. A series of strange occurrences reported there – including ghostly footsteps and unexplained figures The ghosts at this popular Biltmore Village restaurant date from the building's history as a bank controlled by mobsters during the Prohibition era. One ghost is that of a man perpetually searching for a lost fortune hidden in the walls. Reed House Bed and Breakfast - 119 Dodge Street - Built in 1892 by Samuel Harrison Reed, one of Vanderbilt's lawyers, this Victorian mansion in Biltmore Village is haunted by the ghosts of its original inhabitants, including Mr. Reed, who can be heard playing billiards late at night in the game room, Mrs. Reed, and their children, who are heard laughing and bounding up and down the back staircase. Shiloh - Abandoned Forestry Compound - There is a building in the compound which has all the windows boarded up. The downstairs consists of a long dark hallway with doors alternating on either side. In one downstairs bathroom there is a toilet filled with blood. Upstairs there is a room once used by a now dead prostitute. This building is nicknamed the "Whorehouse" for that reason. Even when the temperature outside is 70 degrees, it barely reaches 40 degrees inside. Strange noises are heard by people who live in the Shiloh neighborhood, and lights have been seen as well. There are other buildings in the compound, and their doors are open and closed at random. There is a length of rope hanging from the rafters in one building. 1889 White Gate Inn - 173 E. Chestnut Street - Circa 1889 Shingle-style house, surrounded by landscaped grounds with a greenhouse/conservatory filled with orchids and tropical plants.2 spirits are said to reside at the inn, merriam a warm hearted caretaker and another not so nice. Zealandia Castle - 40 Vance Gap Road - built in 1889, sits near the infamous “Helen’s Bridge - Zealandia was completed in 1898. John Evans Brown of Buncombe, who, after success as a Forty-Niner in California’s gold fields, migrated first to Australia and then to New Zealand where he raised sheep on an extensive scale, was elected to Parliament and was a distinguished Minister of Education. Returning to Asheville after an absence of 30 years, he built a home atop Beaucatcher Mountain and named it Zealandia.It has changed hands many times throughout history. It was the corporate headquarters for Peppertree Resorts and sold to Equivest Finance, Inc. in late 1999. Legend has it that a woman named Helen lived in Zealandia with her daughter on top of Beaucatcher Mountain. (See Helen's Bridge). It has been the site of paranormal investigations.

Do you know of any motels around The Millennium Billtmore Hotel in LA?

Average prices in LA are well over $100 per night. You might try the Cecil Hotel, but they fill up that hotel with parolees, and use it as a halfway house. Not safe at all. Your other option would be to check out a hostel. But you're not going to find a hotel around that area for $75.

where can I find a guide for star gazing in south America?

You'll love Belize...take care though...insects and humanwise....not all friendly natives have friendly intentions....careful. I was in a medical team there. Stellarium is a magnificent and free interactive sky chart for any place you set it to...including Belize.Or the Marshall Islands, Okinawa, Surinam, London, NY, Brisbane, anywhere. Brilliant piece of work, and all free. http://www.stellarium.org/ . . . . See mine on here for problems....sometimes computers have too much running to use a high-resource program like Stellarium. It runs on an old laptop of mine which I use for controlling telescopes which has nothing like modern capabilities, but it doesn't do fast time skips too well on that. On a reasonably modern laptop or PC you'll get no problems. My 6 year old basic Dell PC does fine for it with 2.6MHz processor and 512Meg SDRAM.the old slow sort now. I use it every day on that. It's also on an older Dell PC and it's fine. http://uk.answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20090929170239AAHIePY . . . . . . Here is how to find the Andromeda galaxy, but from Belize even in a dark sky it's not as well seen as in UK or mainland USA. No worry, you'll see Omega Centauri and have the star fields of Sagittarius high up in the sky instead of our lowly look at them from the north where they are only a few degrees above the horizon. From a dark sky in Belize.......Wow!! http://uk.answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20100421030100AA3nvoE . . . . . http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index;_ylt=ArGWudrn_3vcohzK0B14eXbty6IX;_ylv=3?qid=20100524172022AAzuYnt&show=7#profile-info-tbg7xbl3aa . . . . . . . .....EDIT..... Just ran a check on M31 the Andromeda galaxy from Belize. I remember getting decent views of it but of course at home it gets very high so in Belize it isn't as good.. It's 55 degrees 25 minutes above the northern horizon at it's highest point, lying immediately above Cassiopeia, obviously the same relative position as here but in Belize Cassiopeia will make a good pointer when it looks like a letter M a bit above the horizon due north, for the best view of the galaxy. It's directly above the left hand topmost star of the M. Our best time to see it in UK is autumn, lovely then, high in the evening sky at a convenient time, and it's the same in Belize of course but lower. If you can get a few days off try to get to the European Southern Observatory at Paranal in the north of Chile. Well worth the trip and you see the Atacama Desert too...awesome!! You can get a flight to Antofagasta very cheaply. It's in the north of Chile and you get a taxi from town to the observatory...easily arranged by negotiation..posh word for " How cheap can I get it?"... over a coffee or two in the town bus station's gorgeous little cafe....and a handy hotel is La Frontera 100 yards up the road that's directly opposite the bus station. Cheap, clean, really nice place. Stayed there twice....very happy. It's how I met Cecil, straight off the bus. Taxi Senor? Si Senor...Si! A La Frontera...mucho mucho centimetro.!! Hahaha, OK Senor...Bien viaje. Mucho centimetro...hahahaha Then I knew he's the guy I wanted for that trip....good hunour and friendly. I asked for him next morning and he met me in the cafe....deal done very nicely. See the last block on here. Cecil might still be there,haha. Great guy and a wonderful help. http://uk.answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20090921141406AAHZROp . . . ..

We are going to La for a few days.What should we do?.We are staying at the LAX hotel..should we rent a car? ?

You should rent a car. It's much too big to get around effectively by public transit. There are literally hundreds of things to do here in LA. Here is my list of “must sees”. Visit as many as you have time for.: Disneyland: The Happiest Place on Earth. Half a billion visitors can’t be wrong. (Sometimes it seems all at once) Universal Studios: A theme park that grew out of a studio tour. Even if you don’t visit Disneyland or Universal Studios Tour, Downtown Disney District and Universal City Walk are very fun places to visit for shopping and eating. And they’re free to visit. Hollywood: Hollywood Boulevard is ready for its close-up, thanks to years of urban renewal and renovation. Enjoy the Walk of Fame, Entertainment Museum, Chinese Theatre and more. You can see a lot for free. The Hollywood & Highland complex is AMAZING. It looks like it was designed by Cecil B. DeMille, and has lots of shops and restaurants, and the Kodak Theater (home of the Academy Awards). I also like the El Capitan theater, right across the street, because it has been restored to its former glory. And the Hollywood Bowl is a GREAT place to listen to concerts outdoors. Rodeo Drive, 90210: Packed with exclusive shops, full of gawkers. They all came to enjoy the excess. Free, unless you intend to buy something. Venice Beach: Los Angeles kitsch and over-the-top culture at its best. Here you'll find Muscle Beach, street performers and tacky shops galore. Fun, VERY interesting, but I avoid it after dark, when it gets a little TOO interesting for my taste. And it's a short bike ride from Santa Monica Pier. Santa Monica Beach and Pier: Great beach scene and a classic seaside amusement park, complete with antique carousel that has been in a lot of TV and movies. (The Sting and "Three's Company" come immediately to mind). After visiting the pier, you can ride a bike south a couple miles to Venice Beach. Santa Monica Third Street Promenade - Downtown Santa Monica's shopping promenade is often the scene of movie star-sightings. Just a short walk from the Santa Monica Pier. Sunset Boulevard: Perhaps one of the world's most famous streets, it began as a route between the stars' posh neighborhoods and the Hollywood studios. It runs from downtown to the ocean, passing through the "Sunset Strip" on its way. It makes for a fun drive. Along the way, you see a lot of different neighborhoods: Hollywood, West Hollywood, Bel Air, and Pacific Palisades. When you get to the ocean, stop at Gladstone's for Fish. Queen Mary: Once the largest ship afloat, she's been docked in Long Beach for longer than she sailed, and her elegance never fails to impress. Free to visit. You can actually stay on board, for a price. Farmers Market and The Grove - A new shopping complex right next to a Los Angeles landmark, The Grove and Farmers Market coexist. Enjoy a movie or shopping, and then take the trolley to the Farmers Market for lunch or dinner. It is right next to CBS, so walk across the lot to see if they are taping "The Price is Right". You might even get in. TAAB: The Americana at Brand- The newly opened TAAB, developed by the same group that gave us The Grove, breathes new life into Glendale, and gives all those hip people in Eagle Rock and the eastern half of LA a great place to go. Griffith Park - Home of the Los Angeles Zoo, Griffith Park Observatory, Travel Town, the Greek Theatre, and Gene Autry Museum of Western Heritage. Getty Museum - The Getty's architecture is so beautiful that it keeps me fascinated. No matter whether you like their art or architecture better (or maybe you'll just enjoy the view), the Getty is sure to please. Free. Attend a TV taping - You can get free tickets at audiencesunlimited.com, tvtix.com, or see the booth at Universal City walk. It's very interesting to see a show being taped. The most popular, by far, is the Tonight show with Jay Leno. Check the NBC web site for all the details there. Wicked at the Pantages Theater- Located in the heart of Hollywood, this is an excellent and long running production, the most POPULAR show in LA right now. Places to eat: In-N-Out Burger: Multiple locations, best burger in LA, ask anyone. Pink’s Hot Dogs: 709 N. La Brea, just north of Melrose. You might even see a celebrity. Maybe. Tommy’s Chili Burgers: Look for the shack, an LA tradition. The original location is at Beverly & Rampart, a couple miles west of downtown. Canter’s Deli: 419 N. Fairfax, between Beverly & Melrose. Near CBS, you might spot a celebrity. Phillippe’s: 1001 N. Alameda. Great roast beef sandwiches. Near Union Station and Olvera Street. Watch the mustard, it’s hot. The Pantry: Corner of Figueroa and 9th, downtown. Huge portions, they never close, GREAT steak and eggs. Places to Stay: Since LA is so spread out, there is no single place that is close to EVERYTHING. Most people who come here tend to stay in Hollywood, Santa Monica, or Anaheim. In Hollywood, I reco

When should I switch my catfish from one tank to another?

He is large enough that he needs to be moved. Try slowly siphoning the water from his current tank into the new one and continue to let it cycle, try getting it to the proper level in one day, so the mixing of the old and new water is complete before you put him in. The existing bacteria in the current tank will be beneficial to him rather than putting him into a "sterile" tank. You will just have to move him, berserk or not, then leave him alone to calm down. If you haven't, provide a place with aquarium rocks for him to hide under. He will calm down if you leave him in low light and just leave him alone for several hours. My catfish that I had in college ended up in an interior fish pond at a posh hotel in Ft. Worth,TX when he outgrew me. Cecil was a good fish, would let me feed him by hand and would let me touch him. Good luck with your Fish. The bigger the pond, the better for your fish. Depth is important too, so they can get away from the heat and cold.

Can you please recommend a good hotel in Alexandria?

no. 1 hotel is Palestine, and it is very expensive then comes Sheraton Montazah which is in my opinion, except the sea view, the worst Sheraton on Earth, and it is also expensive but less than Palestine.. There are Mercure which is ok..prices are less than Sheraton a bit.. and the Hilton hotel at Green Plaza which is very annoying because of the noise downstairs and also the long long corridors you have to walk to get to your room. There is also Sofitel (Cecil) which is very classic, interiors are from the past, really nice, nostalgic..it is also expensive because it's in the downtown and old, great food btw.. There is also Lagoon located on the other side of Carrefour, don't know the prices though.. you have to book from now, because Alex is known for always occupied rooms, have a nice stay and good luck, and no i m not a big fan of Oriflame :)

What do you know about Calydor Sanatorium in Gravenhurst?

You're sunbathing on a popular stretch of Lake Muskoka shoreline where visitors and Gravenhurst locals are relaxing. You swat a mosquito or two and lazily dream of home. On the rock above, an armed member of the Veterans' Guard of Canada keeps a watchful eye lest you try to leave without permission. He's willing to shoot, should you attempt to climb or otherwise penetrate the formidable fence so securely anchored to the lake bottom. Yet part of you feels duty-bound to attempt your Great Escape. You are, after all, a German. And not just a German civilian, but a prisoner of war. It's a chapter in Canadian history of which the teens climbing over the edge of the idling yellow speedboat might well be unaware, but the cove they've chosen to leap into was once part of an important PoW camp during World War II. "When I think of the whole history of the German internment system across the country, I wonder how many people know that went on," says Cecil Porter, author of The Gilded Cage—Gravenhurst German Prisoner-of-War Camp 20, 1940-1946. Porter, along with members of the book committee of the Gravenhurst Archives, is determined that this piece of Canadian history not be forgotten. Hence the book, the proceeds of which go to help support the archives, which otherwise subsist on annual funding of $500. The archives are the repository for photos, documents, correspondence, even a meticulously carved scale model of a German cruiser. The material is locked up inside the archives room at the town's public library. "Any local history is important to preserve. And we happen to have more than most municipalities," said Marion Fry, chair of the archives committee. The massive point, at the southeastern end of Lake Muskoka, was the setting when the Minnewaska resort hotel opened its doors in 1897. It played host again in 1916, when the Calydor Sanatorium was built for the growing number of tuberculosis patients. But it was when World War II arrived that this Precambrian rock would serve perhaps its most intriguing purpose. The British urgently needed facilities to house their growing number of prisoners of war, outside the U.K. The move was due to both scarce resources and sound military strategy. Should Germany succeed in an invasion, the last thing the U.K wanted was to have liberated PoWs in its midst. It asked then-colonies Canada and Australia to house captured Germans. Canada answered the call, eventually establishing a network of some 25 main POW camps, along with scores of branch camps and detention centres. One of the sites chosen was the Calydor Tuberculosis Sanatorium, which was hastily converted to a PoW camp, as there was then little to escape to but the bush. But it wasn't quite so simple. While the Geneva Convention provides a legal framework for treatment of PoWs, Canada had no practical domestic experience in this matter. But we learned fast. A high chain-link perimeter fence went up, mounted securely in a thick line of concrete that would demarcate the camp boundary. Guard towers and a lock-up were constructed. A boom fence that was semi-submerged, snaked through the Muskoka waters to prevent any aquatic hijinx. Veterans of World War I were assigned guard duties. On June 30, 1940, the first 476 "guests" arrived at Internment Camp 20. The Germans were taken from the train, marched across town, and into Canadian history. (Though PoWs would later routinely be transferred to and from other camps during the war, Camp 20 would average close to 500 internees at any given time.) Officially, the camp was clandestine. But the many locals and cottagers would often see paroled prisoners out on work duty, dressed in uniforms that included a bright red circle on the back of every shirt.It was not quite the incarceration one might today imagine. Canada took the Geneva Convention very seriously, and the PoWs were granted freedoms and a quality of life that might surprise some. Yes, there were daily roll calls and chores. But there was also a tremendous range of recreational activities. Certain prisoners were permitted to leave the camp proper for escorted paroles that allowed them afternoons of swimming and sunbathing. Others constructed a small menagerie within the camp's boundary, a cage within a cage that housed an assortment of creatures, including a monkey and even a bear they sometimes wrestled with. PoWs who were granted escorted parole could work on a farm. In addition to growing plenty of vegetables and fruit, they made their own sausage, smoked their own meat and constructed their own buildings. "Over its six-year history," writes Porter, "the German community included scientists, teachers, doctors, landscape artists, farmers, clergymen, electricians, carpenters, cooks, tailors, shoe repairmen, barbers, and even a watchmaker. In many essential services, the captives were self-sufficient." In fact, for some German prisoners, being in Canada's PoW system brought relatively little hardship. "I spent six years behind barbed wire. I never had a minute of boredom," says Volkmar "King" Koenig, speaking from his home in Kiel, Germany. Koenig served three years at Bowmanville's Internment Camp 30 before being transferred to Gravenhurst in the closing days of the war. He would remain there just over a year before being repatriated. Though he preferred Bowmanville to Muskoka, he made the most of his time in Gravenhurst. Koenig read daily news clippings and edited a camp newspaper for the other PoWs. He also took advantage of the showing of films to practise his now impeccable English. "We would have two performances, one in German and one in English. I would sit in the front row and take notes." Despite the fact they were prisoners, it was not a particularly gruelling incarceration."I could lie in the sun there, and read or study." Koenig, along with many other Germans, has mixed memories of Internment Camp 20. Despite the surroundings, they were still prisoners. And over the years, many attempted to escape. They tried tunnelling, swimming, even faking psychosis to win their freedom. "It was a credit to how Camp 20 was run that in six years, there was only one successful escape," says Porter. Koenig also thought himself fortunate. "If I had been in the navy later on I could well have been killed, or perhaps at least would not have had such a wonderful life," he said. On July 1, 1949, in another incarnation, Camp 20 reopened its doors as the new and substantially renovated Gateway Hotel, a resort that catered largely to Jewish clientele. During the decade or so that the hotel operated, there were many summers when former German PoWs visited, cordially sharing the same halls and dining rooms with other guests. In 1991, a group of German veterans returned to visit the remains of the site and share wartime Muskoka memories. And later this month, Koenig will be here to attend the launch of a new book on the Bowmanville's Camp 30. Later this year, he'll oversee a reunion of the approximately 140 men still living who were once confined at this camp. "We always called ourselves `Canadians.' And at our next reunion we'll start with a roll call," he says. Today, all of the buildings, like many of the former prisoners, are gone. Small sections of the perimeter fence can still be found if you know where to look, and the large concrete base that once held the flagpole at Internment Camp 20 now stands as a quiet sentinel. Just a few paces away, and under the guard of no one, young teens dive from the ageless rock.

Anyone have a summary of the history of American cinema in the 1920s?

Odd to think it but by 1920 s Movies were not only established in America but already, yawn, old hat for many and so throughout the 20s Movie Moguls feared the rise of competitive technologies. By 1920 the feature film, mostly clocking in at 60 to at the most 90 minutes was fully established. A flood of money and optimism that Movies would continue to be America's favorite way to pass time meant a flury of constrution of ever more opulent Movie Palaces throughout the Nation. Movies chew up Performers. The Stars of the Teens were giving way to many new faces during the early 1920s and they in turn would be washed away by the late 1920s when the whole shooting match was turned upside down by the arrival of sound. Comedy was King during the 1920s. The Biggest Box Office Champion COULD have been Charlie Chaplin, but the Lovable Tramp was becoming 'AN Artist,' and so after starting the Decade with several of his finest films including The Kid and The Idle Class in 1921, Charlie's output dwindled to a dribble. None the less each of Chaplin's 20s films was a landmark in the history of Cinema. In 1925 Chaplin released 'The Gold Rush' still considered the highpoint of Silent Film Comedy. Chaplin's The Kid, ushered in a new era of film. Movies featuring Precosius Children (think Dakota Fanning) became a movie mainstay with films built around the talents of Jackie Coogan and later Baby Ruth. Cinema went to the Dogs in 1922 with the debut of Rin Tin Tin whose Canine exploits were the subject of two to three films a year through the 20s. Speaking of Comedy. The 20s began with Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle cementing his fame with a MILLION Dollar deal to star in a stream of FEATURE length Comedies; Arbuckle released The Round Up, Brewsters Milions, and Gasoline Gus to Great acclaim, then on Labor Day Weekend 1921 he attended a booze bash in a San Fran Hotel and when a minor actress named Virginia Rappe died, he was accused of Murder. Cinema's big SCANDAL had repercusions echoing to this very day. In 1922 on it meant increased demands for censorship, it meant putting the lives of actors under scrutiny unleashing hordes of reporters, giving them the o-k to hound actors & other movie people. Certain film makers, especially Cecil B DeMille at Paramount, took the public outcry against 'depravity' in the movies as a challenge. DeMille invented the BIBLICAL EPIC as a way to display females in various stage of undress as well as orgy scenes, since his movies were 'teaching a moral lesson.' The True KING OF COMEDY during the 1920's was Harold Lloyd whose Everyman Character complete with horn-rim glasses captured to go get 'em nature of the 20's. Throughout the Decade Harold Lloyd Comedies were popular, as were, to a much lesser extent, the more cerebral antics of Buster Keatron, the Great Stoneface. Mostly forgotten by 2009 were the antics of Larry Sermon and Lloyd Hamilton whose films were popular during the decade. Despite the popularity of Movies, a dark cloud arose. Radio! Free, if one had a radio set, free entertainment it is amusing to note that SILENT Cinema was challenged by Radio which is Sound without Image, by 1926 Radio was increasingly enticing people to stay at home or at the corner bar, er ah coffee shop, liquor having been banned. Ever since the start of Cinema there had been efforts to introduce sound to film. Spurned on by the rise of Radio, Warners-Brothers, one of the smallest and poorest of the film factories, decided to gamble on adding sound first to short 15 minute films and then to feature length productions. music & sound effects added to 1926 film Don Juan didn't excite anyone all that much, but when people spoke spontaneously in 1927s The Jazz SInger a sensation was born. Suddenly people demanded Talking Pictures and through 1928 into 1929 film studios scrambled to accomadate their wishes. A few die hards insisted that Silent Cinema was ART but since NO ONE goes to the Movies for ART, by 1930 Silent Cinema was Dead. In fact the millions taken out on loan by the movie studios major & minor no only to equip theaters with sound but to build elaborate sound stages, was likely a factor in the Stock Market Crash of 1929!! Peace/////////////\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\

cecil hotel in los angeles. is it really as bad as it sounds?

a room is a room.. if you want a mint on your pillow and your covers turned along with breakfast being brought to your room .. go to the hilton.

Can you tell me about the 4 star hotels in Alexandria, Egypt?

All 4 starts hotels in Alexandria are : 1- Acacia Resort Hotel : Address : Acacia St. - MOHARRAM BEY Tel : 033818888 - 033800382 2- Land Mark Hotel : Address : 163 Abdel Salam Aref St., San Stefano Sq. - SAN STEFANO Tel : 035840500 - 0124341600 3- Mercure Accor Hotels : Address : 303 El Guish Rd. - SABA PASHA Tel : 035840911 - 035840912 4- Paradise Inn Windsor Palace Hotel : Address : 17 El Shohadaa St. - RAML STATION Tel : 034808700 - 034808123 5- Sofitel Alex Cecil Hotel : Address : 16 Saad Zaghloul Sq. - RAML STATION Tel : 034807055 - 034877173 about the price i think it will start from 70 $ at least per night, i checked mercure and sofitel and i found 100 Euro per night may be you can save money if you book early. I recommend sofitel also at raml station like what reiko said. Have a nice day and welcome to Egypt.

Does anyone know of any good hotels to stay in in Santa Monica by the beach?

There are literally hundreds of things to do here in LA. Here is my list of “must sees”. Visit as many as you have time for.: Disneyland: The Happiest Place on Earth. Half a billion visitors can’t be wrong. (Sometimes it seems all at once) Universal Studios: A theme park that grew out of a studio tour. Even if you don’t visit Disneyland or Universal Studios Tour, Downtown Disney District and Universal City Walk are very fun places to visit for shopping and eating. And they’re free to visit. Hollywood: Hollywood Boulevard is ready for its close-up, thanks to years of urban renewal and renovation. Enjoy the Walk of Fame, Entertainment Museum, Chinese Theatre and more. You can see a lot for free. The Hollywood & Highland complex is AMAZING. It looks like it was designed by Cecil B. DeMille, and has lots of shops and restaurants, and the Kodak Theater (home of the Academy Awards). I also like the El Capitan theater, right across the street, because it has been restored to its former glory. And the Hollywood Bowl is a GREAT place to listen to concerts outdoors. Rodeo Drive, 90210: Packed with exclusive shops, full of gawkers. They all came to enjoy the excess. Free, unless you intend to buy something. Venice Beach: Los Angeles kitsch and over-the-top culture at its best. Here you'll find Muscle Beach, street performers and tacky shops galore. Fun, VERY interesting, but I avoid it after dark, when it gets a little TOO interesting for my taste. And it's a short bike ride from Santa Monica Pier. Santa Monica Beach and Pier: Great beach scene and a classic seaside amusement park, complete with antique carousel that has been in a lot of TV and movies. (The Sting and "Three's Company" come immediately to mind). After visiting the pier, you can ride a bike south a couple miles to Venice Beach. Santa Monica Third Street Promenade - Downtown Santa Monica's shopping promenade is often the scene of movie star-sightings. Just a short walk from the Santa Monica Pier. Sunset Boulevard: Perhaps one of the world's most famous streets, it began as a route between the stars' posh neighborhoods and the Hollywood studios. It runs from downtown to the ocean, passing through the "Sunset Strip" on its way. It makes for a fun drive. Along the way, you see a lot of different neighborhoods: Hollywood, West Hollywood, Bel Air, and Pacific Palisades. When you get to the ocean, stop at Gladstone's for Fish. Queen Mary: Once the largest ship afloat, she's been docked in Long Beach for longer than she sailed, and her elegance never fails to impress. Free to visit. You can actually stay on board, for a price. Farmers Market and The Grove - A new shopping complex right next to a Los Angeles landmark, The Grove and Farmers Market coexist. Enjoy a movie or shopping, and then take the trolley to the Farmers Market for lunch or dinner. It is right next to CBS, so walk across the lot to see if they are taping "The Price is Right". You might even get in. TAAB: The Americana at Brand- The newly opened TAAB, developed by the same group that gave us The Grove, breathes new life into Glendale, and gives all those hip people in Eagle Rock and the eastern half of LA a great place to go. Griffith Park - Home of the Los Angeles Zoo, Griffith Park Observatory, Travel Town, the Greek Theatre, and Gene Autry Museum of Western Heritage. Getty Museum - The Getty's architecture is so beautiful that it keeps me fascinated. No matter whether you like their art or architecture better (or maybe you'll just enjoy the view), the Getty is sure to please. Free. Attend a TV taping - You can get free tickets at audiencesunlimited.com, tvtix.com, or see the booth at Universal City walk. It's very interesting to see a show being taped. The most popular, by far, is the Tonight show with Jay Leno. Check the NBC web site for all the details there. Wicked at the Pantages Theater- Located in the heart of Hollywood, this is an excellent and long running production, the most POPULAR show in LA right now. Places to eat: In-N-Out Burger: Multiple locations, best burger in LA, ask anyone. Pink’s Hot Dogs: 709 N. La Brea, just north of Melrose. You might even see a celebrity. Maybe. Tommy’s Chili Burgers: Look for the shack, an LA tradition. The original location is at Beverly & Rampart, a couple miles west of downtown. Canter’s Deli: 419 N. Fairfax, between Beverly & Melrose. Near CBS, you might spot a celebrity. Phillippe’s: 1001 N. Alameda. Great roast beef sandwiches. Near Union Station and Olvera Street. Watch the mustard, it’s hot. The Pantry: Corner of Figueroa and 9th, downtown. Huge portions, they never close, GREAT steak and eggs. Places to Stay: Since LA is so spread out, there is no single place that is close to EVERYTHING. Most people who come here tend to stay in Hollywood, Santa Monica, or Anaheim. In Hollywood, I recommend the Renaissance Hotel at Hollywood and Highland, the Best Western Sunset Plaza, or t