Party at the Culver Hotel in Culver City

Graduation and Dinner Party at the Culver Hotel in Culver City on Sunday night!

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The Culver Hotel in Culver City, California

A beautiful Sunday evening in Los Angeles and an invitation to a Graduation and Dinner Party at the historic Culver Hotel in Culver City, California.

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The Culver Hotel and The Lion’s Fountain in Culver City

The party was called for 6pm, so we left the San Fernando Valley a little after 5 o’clock, and drove the 405 freeway to the Venice Blvd exit and into Culver City. We decided not to valet park or park in the public parking structures, so we drove around for a little while and finally nabbed street parking at a metered space. The meters don’t run on Sunday, so we took a short walk and arrived at our destination right on time.

The 405 Freeway south (through a dirty windshield):

Downtown Culver City (founded 1917)

The intersection of Washington Blvd and Culver Blvd in downtown Culver City.

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View of Washington Blvd & Culver Blvd in Culver City from Harry Culver’s Office

Parking Sucks! There is metered street parking and there are public parking structures in Downtown Culver City (first hour free, then $1.00 every 30 minutes) in case you don’t want to valet park. However, you don’t have to pay to park at the meters on Sunday, so if you can find a space on the street, you’re golden. Be sure to check the signs carefully, because there are many restrictions and some other strange valet parking rules.

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The Historic Culver Hotel 1924 Six Story Flatiron Brick Building

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The Culver Hotel in Culver City, California

National Registry of Historic Places 1997

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The Culver Hotel in Culver City, California

 

 

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Built by Harry Culver, the founder of Culver City. Originally named the Hotel Hunt and later known as the Culver City Hotel. Culver had offices on the second floor of the hotel.

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Harry Culver’s Office (Then)

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Harry Culver’s Office (Now)

Culver City became a movie-making mecca in the 1920s and was the home of MGM Studios. Many legendary Hollywood stars maintained private residences and cast members from classic films like Gone with the Wind and The Wizard of Oz  (including the 124 actors who played the Munchkins) were guests of the hotel.

The hotel was later owned by Charlie Chaplin. Legend has it Chaplin lost the property in a poker game to John Wayne, who owned the hotel for several years and eventually donated it to the YMCA.  The property fell into disrepair, was boarded up for a time and almost demolished in the 1980s.

Dwight D. Eisenhower had a Presidential campaign office in the hotel in 1952.

The Culver Hotel was restored and reopened by Lou Catlett in the mid 90’s and was then purchased by Abraham Hu who ran it for several years until 2007, when he sold it to the Mallick family. Since 2007, the entire plumbing and electrical systems have been upgraded and the guestrooms and the public spaces have been redone, all 140 handmade windows in the guest rooms have been replaced while maintaining the property’s history and architectural integrity.

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ICP Graduation 2016 and Dinner Party on the 2nd Floor

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Diplomas were awarded and Speeches were made before Dinner

6pm Reception, Cocktail Hour & Hors d’oeuvres
7pm Welcome, Introduction, Graduation Speaker & Graduation
8pm Dinner & 9pm Dessert (with a brief award presentation in between)

On The Menu: Tray passed appetizers: mac’n’cheese, tuna poke with wasabi cream cheese and bruschetta with cream cheese & tomato; red wine, Buffet: chicken, salmon, pasta in red sauce, roasted cauliflower/broccolini/root vegetables and a coke; Dessert: mini cannoli and macaroons….didn’t stay for coffee.

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Party at the Culver Hotel in Culver City

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The Ground Floor Lobby and Bar are used for special events. There was a wedding in progress and we took a couple pictures on our way out.

Culver Hotel9400 Culver Blvd Culver City, CA 90232

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Tuesday Afternoon in Lithia Park in Ashland Oregon!

Tuesday Afternoon in Lithia Park in Ashland Oregon!

Good Morning Ashland! Tuesday morning after breakfast at the Breadboard we drove over to Lithia Park with the intention of going for a walk. When we got there it was just too cold for this Southern California boy!

We returned later in the day, on a beautiful Tuesday Afternoon, after the sun had come out and the weather had warmed up. We walked from the playground to the picnic area and back and Periscoped the first part of the walk and then saved it to Katch.

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Lithia Park – Ashland, Oregon

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Lithia Park is the largest and most central park in Ashland, Oregon. It consists of 93 acres of forested canyonland around Ashland Creek, stretching from the downtown plaza up toward its headwaters near Mount Ashland. Its name originates from the lithium oxide found in the stream water.  The park has two large green area, a bandshell for public musical performances, two duck ponds, a large playground, tennis courts, community buildings and, in winter, an ice skating rink. It also offers picnic areas and miles of hiking trails.  The park was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1982.

Ashland Creek:

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“Tuesday, afternoon, I’m just beginning to see,
Now I’m on my way, It doesn’t matter to me,
Chasing the clouds away. Something, calls to me,
The trees are drawing me near, I’ve got to find out why
Those gentle voices I hear explain it all with a sigh.
I’m looking at myself, reflections of my mind,
It’s just the kind of day to leave myself behind,
So gently swaying thru the fairy-land of love,
If you’ll just come with me and see the beauty of
Tuesday afternoon. Tuesday afternoon.”
~ The Moody Blues “Tuesday Afternoon”

Swingin’ at the Playground:

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Duck, Duck, Duck:

Cherry Blossoms on the Duck Pond:

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Wild Turkey in the Park:

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The Japanese Garden:

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Everytime we visit Lithia Park we discover something new! This trip we found the Japanese Garden in the park. It’s very tranquil and intimate with a pond and a small stream with running water. The cherry blossoms were blooming which added even more beauty to the landscaped garden area. There are benches and a small covered pavilion for sitting.

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Park Views:

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The Butler-Perozzi Fountain:

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There wasn’t any water in the fountain and it seemed to be in need of repair again!

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Butler-Perozzi Fountain in Lithia Park – Ashland, Oregon

NOTE: Lithia Park is one of our favorite places. It was recently voted one of the Best Parks in the United States. Whenever we visit Ashland, we spend time in the park and enjoy the beauty of nature. We’ve posted many Blogs in the past with lots more pictures.
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Saturday in Echo Park & Downtown Los Angeles

Echo Park – Los Angeles, California

“Saturday in the Park…”

It was a beautiful day. I found parking! The park was full of people and activity.

Here are a few pics of the park (not the people):

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Echo Park Lake & Downtown Los Angeles, California

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Jose Marti Monument at Echo Park Lake – Los Angeles, California

“Man loves liberty, even if he does not know that he loves it. He is driven by it and flees from where it does not exist.” ~ Jose Marti

José Julián Martí Pérez  January 28, 1853 – May 19, 1895

Born in Havana, Cuba, he was a poet, an essayist, a journalist, a revolutionary, a philosopher, a translator, a professor, a publisher and a political theorist. His writings and political activity became a symbol for Cuba’s bid for independence against Spain in the 19th century and he is referred to as the “Apostle of Cuban Independence.”

“El que tenga patria que la honre, el que no, que la conquiste.” (“Honor your country if you have one; and if you do not have one, struggle for it.”)

 “Con todos y para el bien de todos” (“With all, and for the good of all.”)

In 1976, the city designated the intersection of Park Ave and Echo Park Ave “José Martí Square,” (plaza) to honor the the Cuban community of Los Angeles. Sculptor Sergio López-Mesa created the bust of José Martí, a Cuban writer and champion of Latin American identity whose poem from the book “Versos Sencillos” (“Simple Verses”) inspired the lyrics for “Guantanamera,” the definitive protest song of Cuba.

Civil engineer Carlos Sebastian Lorente, and Sergio López-Mesa installing José Martí Monument, 1976. | Cuban California Archive USC Libraries Special Collections.

Civil engineer Carlos Sebastian Lorente & sculptor Sergio López-Mesa installing José Martí Monument 1976. | Cuban California Archive USC Libraries Special Collections

More Jose Marti quotes:

“Liberty is the right of every man to be honest, to think and to speak without hypocrisy.”
“A grain of poetry suffices to season a century.”
“Others go to bed with their mistresses; I with my ideas.”
“It is necessary to make virtue fashionable.”
“The struggles waged by nations are weak only when they lack support in the hearts of their women.”
“Charm is a product of the unexpected.”
“The vote is a trust more delicate than any other, for it involves not just the interests of the voter, but his life, honor and future as well.”
“Man has to suffer. When he has no real afflictions, he invents some.”
José Martí was killed in battle against Spanish troops at the Battle of Dos Ríos in 1895.  He is buried in Cementerio Santa Efigenia in Santiago de Cuba.
“No me entierren en lo oscuro/ A morir como un traidor/ Yo soy bueno y como bueno/ Moriré de cara al sol.” (“Do not bury me in darkness / to die like a traitor / I am good, and as a good man / I will die facing the sun.”)
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US Bank Tower, Pedal Boats on Echo Park Lake & Downtown Los Angeles, California

US Bank Tower, formerly the Library Tower and First Interstate Bank World Center, is a 1018 ft skyscraper at 633 West Fifth Street in Downtown Los Angeles. It’s the tallest building in California, the 11th tallest building in the United States, the tallest west of the Mississippi River and the 65th tallest building in the world. (or thereabouts…) It’s 73 stories tall with two parking levels below ground. Construction began in 1987 and finished in 1989. The building was designed by Henry N. Cobb and architectural firm Pei Cobb Freed & Partners. It cost $350 million to build.

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The Lady of the Lake Statue, Echo Park Lake & Downtown Los Angeles, California

On a concrete peninsula with benches facing the water, is a fourteen-foot Art Deco-style female statue. The official name is “Nuestra Reina de Los Angeles” (“Our Queen of the Angels”) but most people know her simply as the “Lady of the Lake.” Rendered in poured concrete, it was created in 1934 by Ada May Sharpless with funding from the Public Works of Art Project (PWAP). It stands on a pedestal box with four bas-reliefs featuring the Hollywood Bowl, L.A. Harbor, the San Gabriel Mountains and the Central Library.

"Nuestra Reina de Los Angeles" ("Our Queen of the Angels") aka "Lady of the Lake." 1934 by Ada May Sharpless

“Nuestra Reina de Los Angeles” (“Our Queen of the Angels”) aka “Lady of the Lake.” 1934 by Ada May Sharpless

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The “Wooden Bridge” at Echo Park Lake – Los Angeles, California

Possibly the Oldest Bridge in Los Angeles County, it was built in 1896. The bridge was originally all wood but was replaced with steel sometime before 1960. The bridge is currently closed to foot traffic and there are large locked steel gates at both ends.

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Palm Trees at Echo Park Lake – Los Angeles, California

NOTE: The City of Los Angeles spent a lot of money to “rehab” the park and they did a great job! However, the HOMELESS problem remains. A homeless man was camped under a tree when I parked, and another homeless man was passed out on the steps of an outbuilding with his overflowing shopping cart parked nearby.

Bonus Pics: PETA at the Bob Barker Building on Sunset and L.A. City Hall 

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PETA at the Bob Barker Building on Sunset Blvd in Echo Park – Los Angeles, California

US District Court Building & Los Angeles City Hall

US District Court Building & Los Angeles City Hall – Downtown Los Angeles (DTLA)

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Echo Park Lake – 751 Echo Park Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90026  (213)847-0929
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Sunday Morning in Lithia Park in Ashland, Oregon

Sunday Morning in Lithia Park in Ashland, Oregon.

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Another trip through Lithia Park! After breakfast at the Morning Glory Cafe on Sunday, I took a little walk. It was a beautiful slightly overcast morning, and the slow and even pace of drumming from the yoga group provided a very cool soundtrack for the beginning of our hike.

Lithia Park - Ashland, Oregon

Lithia Park – Ashland, Oregon

Lithia Park - Ashland, Oregon

Lithia Park – Ashland, Oregon

There was a guided tour group beginning to gather. Guided tours with park naturalists are offered at 10am on Sunday, Wednesday and Friday (May through September) and also on Saturdays in July and August.

Lithia Park - Ashland, Oregon

Lithia Park – Ashland, Oregon

Lithia Park - Ashland, Oregon

Lithia Park – Ashland, Oregon

Lithia Park - Ashland, Oregon

Lithia Park – Ashland, Oregon

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Lithia Park Bamboo – Ashland, Oregon

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Lithia Park – Ashland, Oregon

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Lithia Park Dogwood – Ashland, Oregon

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Lithia Park Duck Pond – Ashland, Oregon

Lithia Park - Ashland, Oregon

Lithia Park Duck Pond – Ashland, Oregon

Lithia Park - Ashland, Oregon

Lithia Park Duck Pond – Ashland, Oregon

Lithia Park - Ashland, Oregon

Lithia Park Duck Pond – Ashland, Oregon

Lithia Park - Ashland, Oregon

Lithia Park Duck Pond – Ashland, Oregon

Lithia Park - Ashland, Oregon

Lithia Park – Ashland, Oregon

Lithia Park - Ashland, Oregon

Lithia Park Duck Pond and Yoga on the Lawn – Ashland, Oregon

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Lithia Park Yoga on the Lawn – Ashland, Oregon

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Lithia Park Yoga on the Lawn (Drummer) – Ashland, Oregon

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Lithia Park Yoga on the Lawn – Ashland, Oregon

Lithia Park - Ashland, Oregon

Lithia Park Yoga on the Lawn – Ashland, Oregon

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Lithia Park Lawn – Ashland, Oregon

Lithia Park - Ashland, Oregon

Lithia Park Lawn – Ashland, Oregon

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Lithia Park Lawn and Playground – Ashland, Oregon

Lithia Park - Ashland, Oregon

Lithia Park Lawn and Playground – Ashland, Oregon

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Lithia Park Playground and Public Restrooms – Ashland, Oregon

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Lithia Park Playground – Ashland, Oregon

Lithia Park - Ashland, Oregon

Lithia Park Playground – Ashland, Oregon

Lithia Park - Ashland, Oregon

Lithia Park Playground – Ashland, Oregon

Lithia Park - Ashland, Oregon

Lithia Park Playground – Ashland, Oregon

Lithia Park - Ashland, Oregon

Lithia Park Playground – Ashland, Oregon

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Lithia Park – Ashland, Oregon

Lithia Park - Ashland, Oregon

Lithia Park Hiking Trail – Ashland, Oregon

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Lithia Park Walking Path – Ashland, Oregon

Lithia Park - Ashland, Oregon

Lithia Park Walking Path – Ashland, Oregon

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Lithia Park Ashland Creek – Ashland, Oregon

Lithia Park - Ashland, Oregon

Lithia Park Ashland Creek – Ashland, Oregon

Lithia Park - Ashland, Oregon

Lithia Park Ashland Creek – Ashland, Oregon

Lithia Park - Ashland, Oregon

Lithia Park Ashland Creek – Ashland, Oregon

Lithia Park - Ashland, Oregon

Lithia Park Ashland Creek – Ashland, Oregon

Lithia Park - Ashland, Oregon

Lithia Park Ashland Creek – Ashland, Oregon

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Lithia Park Flowers – Ashland, Oregon

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Lithia Park Tall Tree – Ashland, Oregon

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Lithia Park Western Red Cedar – Ashland, Oregon

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Lithia Park Tree – Ashland, Oregon

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Lithia Park Ashland Creek – Ashland, Oregon

Lithia Park - Ashland, Oregon

Lithia Park Ashland Creek – Ashland, Oregon

Lithia Park - Ashland, Oregon

Lithia Park NO FRISBEE GOLF IN THE VICINITY OF THIS GROVE – Ashland, Oregon

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Lithia Park Butler-Perozzi Fountain – Ashland, Oregon

Lithia Park - Ashland, Oregon

Lithia Park Butler-Perozzi Fountain – Ashland, Oregon

Lithia Park - Ashland, Oregon

Lithia Park Butler-Perozzi Fountain – Ashland, Oregon

Lithia Park - Ashland, Oregon

Lithia Park Butler-Perozzi Fountain – Ashland, Oregon

Lithia Park is the largest and most central park in Ashland, Oregon. It consists of 93 acres of forested canyonland around Ashland Creek, stretching from the downtown plaza up toward its headwaters near Mount Ashland. Its name originates from the lithium oxide found in the stream water.  The park has two large green area, a bandshell for public musical performances, two duck ponds, a large playground, tennis courts, community buildings and, in winter, an ice skating rink. It also offers picnic areas and miles of hiking trails.  The park was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1982.

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Birthday! Labor Day Weekend in Vegas…where to stay?

Q: Birthday weekend in Vegas…where to stay?

My friends and I going to Vegas for my birthday over Labor Day weekend! We need a place to stay that isn’t outrageously expensive, but has a lot going on. We’d like to stay in a hotel that has daytime pool parties. There are 5 of us and we’re open to getting two rooms or a suite, if it’s worth it. Any suggestions? – Talia H. Seattle, WA

Welcome to Las Vegas (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Welcome to Las Vegas (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

A: Las Vegas on Labor Day Weekend?

Try The Cromwell, the newest boutique hotel on the strip. It used to be Wild Bill’s and before that it was the Barbary Coast. Located center strip at Flamingo and Las Vegas Blvd. Drai’s is located in the hotel, so you get your choice of pool party, club night or after-hours. Just fully renovated! Everything is fresh and new.

You’re across Las Vegas Blvd from Caesars Palace, the Forum Shops, The Mirage and the volcano. Next door is Harrah’s, the Flamingo, The Venetian and Palazzo, The Quad soon to be renamed The LINQ after the giant ferris wheel next door. Across Flamingo is Bally’s, Paris, Planet Hollywood, the Bellagio Hotel and fountain, and The Cosmopolitan.

There’s lots to see and do within “walking distance”, which will save you on cab fare and waiting. Great restaurants, spas, clubs, shows and other diversions at any of the above resorts. You can also access the monorail at Bally’s or the Flamingo.

Make reservations in advance (do it by telephone rather than online and always get the name of the person you talk to!) because everything will be crowded!

NOTE: Bring sneakers for walking and then switch to heels when you arrive at your destination. Use a Big purse and plastic bag.

Avoid the MGM, it’s too big and the service is only ok.

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Prometheus at Rockefeller Plaza!

The Statue of Prometheus at Rockefeller Plaza!

Spring time in the Big Apple!
Rockefeller Center, Manhattan,  New York City, New York, USA

“Start spreading the news, I’m leaving today.
I want to be a part of it, New York, New York!”

Prometheus, Rockefeller Center - New York City (copyright 2010 Joshua Weisel)

The Statue of Prometheus, Rockefeller Center Plaza – New York City, New York (copyright 2010 JoshWillTravel)

Paul Manship’s highly recognizable bronze gilded statue of the Greek legend of the Titan Prometheus recumbent, bringing fire to mankind, features prominently in the sunken plaza at the front of 30 Rockefeller Plaza. The model for Prometheus was Leonardo “Leon” Nole, and the inscription from Aeschylus on the granite wall behind, reads:

Prometheus, teacher in every art, brought the fire
that hath proved to mortals a means to mighty ends.”

 

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