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Travel Photo Thursday – Paramount Pictures

April 28, 2011 • By

Paramount Pictures

Sunset Boulevard, A Place in the Sun, The Greatest Show on Earth, Rear Window, The Ten Commandments, Breakfast at Tiffany’s…..the list goes on and on.  All were filmed at this historic studio that was founded in 1912 by Adolph Zukor.  From its humble beginnings before the depression until today, Paramount Pictures has been a force to be reckoned with when it comes to telling magnificently crafted stories.  On a personal note, I think their best work was during Hollywood’s Golden age from the 1930s to the 1960s.

It was a time when stars truly earned the moniker, not as a result of their well publicized misdeeds, but their actual talent on-screen.  People didn’t become celebrities because someone liked their sex tape (ok, maybe they did like the on-screen talent) or because they taped a reality show.  Maybe today’s Hollywood could take a lesson or two from the past?  Sure, there are bona-fide stars today, but it’s difficult for some to even find a job.

How many Oscar winners do you know who do not fade into the woodwork after they win?  These days, they have to compete with singers, reality stars, people who’ve dated stars, people who looked up at the sky and saw a star, etc.    Maybe one of these days, we will get back the Hollywood of old.  At least, that’s what I’m hoping for.

This photo is part of the Travel Photo Thursday series which is the brainchild of Nancie M with Budget Travelers Sandbox.

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Travel Photo Thursday | Twin Peaks Skyline

January 13, 2011 • By

City Skyline

What is it about standing so high above the city’s skyline that seem to give us a sense of jubilation and power?  I guess it’s easy to imagine delusions of grandeur when it feels like we’re towering over a miniature Atlantis.  Perhaps, we are jealous of the fact that God gets to see scenes like this on a daily basis and if we are lucky enough, so can we.

It’s even more special when you come upon such a site quite unexpectedly.  I was on a tour bus in San Francisco when the guide told us we would be stopping to see the view from Twin Peaks.  “Nice”, I thought.  “Let’s see what we’ve got.”

I wasn’t quite prepared for such a heavenly view.  I imagined that this would be the perfect place for me to have a house constructed on that very spot so that I would have the joy of looking out at this everyday.

But then, there’s my fear of heights…..

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Pictures of Los Angeles, California

November 2, 2009 • By

Los Angeles, California Slideshow

Well, we didn’t get to see any stars besides the ones imbedded in concrete, but we had a great time just the same. We spent quite a bit of time in Hollywood, on Rodeo Drive and Beverly Hills. I would recommend a tour on the double decker buses to get an overview of the city and despite the awful traffic, be sure to rent a car. It will be easier to take a drive down the Pacific Coast Highway (PCH) or the Sonoma Valley wine country.

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Pictures of San Francisco, California

October 28, 2009 • By

San Francisco, California

One of my favorites, mostly because it’s such an esthetically beautiful city with so much to do.  We visited Alcatraz and Sausalito while we were there, and as a lover of all things Victorian, I had a blast admiring the “Painted Ladies”.

The Golden Gate bridge was even more magnificent in person, the pier was all abuzz with activity and we inhaled the entire Ghirardelli ice cream emporium.  Yum!

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My San Francisco Trip Report

May 23, 2005 • By

Day One

We departed Atlanta on an 8:40 am flight on Northwest Airlines to SFO via MSP on the morning of May 10, 2005. After a reasonably short layover in Minneapolis, we were on our way to SFO. We’d never been there and were excited about getting to see such a beautiful city and the $98.00 r/t tickets didn’t hurt either! We had previously made arrangements with Super Shuttle ( to pick up us from the airport (r/t cost was 60.00 for two people). The shuttles were lined up right outside the International/United Airlines check-in desk. We could have taken the B.A.R.T. train, but decided against it. We wanted to quickly get out of the airport and check into our hotel with the least amount of fuss as possible and given the price of our tickets, we felt it was ok to splurge.

We chose the Nob Hill Motor Inn at 1630 Pacific Avenue in the Russian Hill/Pacific Heights area due to its wonderful reviews on We were very pleased with our room….it had two queen beds, a table with two chairs, free wi-fi, in-room coffee maker w/ coffee, several lamps, working a/c & heat, refrigerator, microwave, tv with cable/hbo, free parking and the place was kept immaculately. We paid 94.00 a night for the first three nights and 114.00 on the last (Friday) night.

As always, after check-in we take a moment to acclimate ourselves to the neighborhood. There are several restaurants, a Walgreen’s and even a hardware store (Cole’s) within two blocks of the hotel. After checking out a few of the local establishments, we decided to stop by Walgreen’s to buy a couple of things to stock the fridge up with. Later we decided to have a meal at the Tai Chi Restaurant, a half block away from the hotel on Polk Street. The food was tasty and reasonable about $9.00 per person for Entrée, rice and drink. We headed back to the hotel to turn in at about 8 pm since we had an early pickup for our 3.5 hour San Francisco City Tour ($38.50) the next morning.READ MORE