Things to do in Los Angeles

There are now only 16 days left in the californicatemeter countdown !

Ok, let’s focus, things we can do in LA :

  • Have a photo with the famous Hollywood sign.
  • Walk of FameMann’s Chinese Theater.
  • Beverly Hills and Rodeo Drive, quintessential places of the glittery LA.
  • Staples Center : Home to the Lakers, Clippers or the LA Kings
  • Farmer’s Market : Great place to eat and walk…
  • Getty Center : www.getty.edu : The billion-dollar center.
  • El pueblo de LA : Compact, colorful and car-free. Great place to eat !
  • Visit another Chinatown.
  • Drive Mulholland Drive.
  • Do the Warner Bros VIP Studio Tour. ($45, 2h15min)
  • Be part of a TV studio audience (free, one month wait)
  • Beaches
    • Venice
    • Santa Monica
    • Malibu
  • Other things:

RV free parkings and more info

You should know that parking RVs overnight in any place is prohibited. You must use specialized parkings… most of them are not free. I remember talking about this and saving some useful links but I just can’t find them.

Here are some useful links:

San Francisco and the bay area : Pol Edition

This is my little wishlist ! I have already seen some of them but I wouldn’t mind to see them again :p

SF

  • Walk : Chinatown, downtown, Union Square, Fisherman’s wharf, Golden Gate.
  • Visit Alcatraz
  • Views from Twin Peaks
  • Lombard Street (Russian Hill)
  • SFMOMA
  • And … nightlife!

SF Bay Area

  • Sausalito : undeniably lovely town with amazing views of SF.
  • Berkeley : 30.000 students and enough Nobel Prize winners to give the Swedish Academy its reason for being, UC Berkeley makes Berkeley more than a picturesque bedroom community. It is the oldest university in the state. Since 1873 !
  • Silicon Valley (Geek route)
    • Palo Alto : Stanford – even if it is just driving by …
    • Mountain View : Google – just a picture… please xDDD
    • Cupertino : Apple – I would love to visit the shop it is supposed to be there

Ideas: Free Things to Do in San Francisco

Alamo Square:

Home to the famous “Postcard Row”, Alamo Square is a lovely place to visit for photos, view of the city, or a picnic in the summer.

Coit Tower:

Take a trip up to Coit Tower for a view of the city, as well as a tour of its first-floor murals. If you drive, there’s usually a short wait for parking. Take pics of the murals inside and of the city/Bay outside.

Embarcadero Waterfront:

Great for walking, the waterfront’s Embarcadero is highlighted by AT&T Park, the Ferry Building, Rincon Park (Cupid’s Span), and a wonderful view of the Bay Bridge. Take photos, rest by the water, meditate, grab lunch, visit the farmers’ market…

Golden Gate Bridge :

Completed in 1937, the Golden Gate Bridge is synonymous with San Francisco. Walking the bridge’s span (see: photo) is a popular thing-to-do and is absolutely free. As for the vehicles going to and fro, “the Gate” annually sees 40 million. (Note: overall, the bridge is 1.7 miles long. You can also walk under it by way of Crissy Field).

Golden Gate Park :

This beautiful park is so expansive, you’ll need several days to really see it all. From the Japanese Tea Garden to the Conservatory of Flowers to the M.H. de Young Museum, Golden Gate Park offers beauty and education, not to mention a good workout without even realizing it. Along with walking, there’s also archery, lawn bowling, a children’s playground, and more. In the summertime, look for free Sunday afternoon concerts, courtesy of the Golden Gate Park Band.

Museum Days:

If you happen to be visiting at the beginning of the month, then definitely check out a free museum day or two. These designated days fall on the first Tuesday or Wednesday of each month and with them, your admission is covered – for free.

Tuesday:
California Historical Society | Cartoon Art Museum (pay any fee you wish) | Conservatory of Flowers | de Young Museum | Legion of Honor | Museum of Craft & Folk Art | San Francisco Museum of Modern Art | Yerba Buena Center for the Arts

Wednesday:
Exploratorium | San Francisco Zoo

Sunday:
The Asian Art Museum now offers free Sundays, the first Sunday of every month.

Palace of Fine Arts:

Bring your lunch here, have a picnic, and admire the view: a classical Roman-style rotunda, a lovely with swans and other waterfowl. A perfect place for some quiet reflection and photos. (Note: the Exploratorium is right next door.)

The Presidio:

A former military base, the Presidio is now a public park that’s rich with history and activity. Biking and hiking trails call to the outdoor enthusiast, and for those wanting to take a nice walk some sunny afternoon, there’s a lot to see, including over 500 historic buildings, coastal defense fortifications, a historic airfield, and pet cemetary. Check out “Kids on Trails”, a self-guided tour that helps kids and adults learn about the Presidio’s Ecology Trail.

Yerba Buena Gardens Festival:

Each year from May to October, the Yerba Buena Gardens Festival offers a good mix of free artistic, cultural and community events. From operatic music to visual arts to spoken-word, the festival brings together a unique, diverse group of artists and performers.

Walking Tours:

For the past 25 years, San Francisco City Guides has been offering free walking tours of the city, led by volunteers who simply “love the city, it’s history, lore, and legends.” This nonprofit organization consists of more than 200 trained volunteers and offers tours of all points in San Francisco, including Chinatown, North Beach, the Embarcadero, and Haight Ashbury. (Note: As a courtesy and show of appreciation/support, it’s always nice to tip the guides at the end of the tour.)

Things to do in San Francisco

It’s been a while since my last post describing things to do in California… there are now only 22 days left in the californicatemeter countdown, so let’s get hands-on with the activities!

San Francisco

San Francisco's Golden Gate bridge at night

San Francisco's Golden Gate bridge at night

San Francisco is a major city in California, the centerpiece of the Bay Area, well-known for its liberal community, hilly terrain, Victorian architecture, scenic beauty, and summer fog.

Wikitravel


Things to do in San Francisco

  • See, walk through, take an “I’ve been there” photograph and maybe jump of… Golden Gate Bridge.
  • Visit The Castro, the flagship San Francisco gayborhood, known around the world by self-identified gay and non-gay people as the unofficial ‘Capital’ of ‘Queer’ identity.
  • Visit Alcatraz ($25 depending on the tour), the renouned prison a.k.a The Rock. Get tickets well in advance!
  • After the visit we may have lunch in a seafood restaurant in the Fisherman’s Wharf (it’s where you take the ferry to Alcatraz Island)
  • Or we may keep it out of the beaten track and have lunch in China Town. I love boba milk tea. There are also eating tours…! ($40 or $80)
  • See the views from Twin Peaks. Remember the tv serial? Crazy. This Twin Peaks is not the actual location of the serial… sorry.
  • Go the tourist way with the CityPass ($54); includes five attraction admission tickets and unlimited cable car rides.
  • Or pay $75 for a 3 hour segway tour.
  • Find a rare book in the City Lights bookstore
  • Go clubbing to the South Market (SoMa).

Sources

Festivales sobre documentales

Una simple lista de festivales sobre documentales y subvenciones, principalmente en España y Catalunya.

Categoría “documentales” de la página festivales.com

Countdown has begun – 33 days

Just 33 days and … road trip !

BTW today I was thinking that would be great to have a list of things to do this month.

Any ideas ?