Blog rebirth today!

May 19, 2010

Hello everyone,

I am pleased to announce you that Rendezvous in L.A. is born again today! I know it’s been a while still I haven’t updated it and here’s why.

Shortly after I started this blog, I got a few positive answers for my traineeship application. I began discussions with some companies and organizations in Los Angeles. I eventually secured a six-month position in a marketing agency. Yay! So, I have been busy gathering all the paperwork and getting through the visa process. But now I’m done with it, and I am at the very moment packing my bags for the City of Angels.

On top of that, I have been working intermittently in street marketing and English tutoring. Add a few travels and some dentist appointments and you’ll get a very busy girl!

But now that my traineeship is less than a month close, I decided it would be the perfect time to start writing for Rendezvous in L.A. again. It will still talk about the city and its most secret gems, but also be the place where I will speak about myself and my adventures.

So, you’ll better stick around!

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Hidden Gem N°8: El Pueblo De Los Angeles

January 31, 2010

Painted wall of Los AngelesWho said Los Angeles had no History? The city of Angels keeps well hidden from French tourists its oldest section: El Pueblo de Los Angeles. It was, in fact, the center of L.A. before the United States took over California.

You can find there a well-preserved adobe house. Built in 1818, it’s now the oldest residence in Los Angeles. There’s also a church, a street and a few painted walls representing Virgin Mary. On the photo above, you will notice the many flower bouquets lying against the wall. They form a great symbol of the strong worship present in Los Angeles.

Though it is often packed with tourists, El Pueblo de Los Angeles allows you to get a taste of the hispanic heritage of the city. Great mexican food, mariachi singing in spanish and typical architecture make you feel like you are already in Mexico.

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Hidden Gem N°9: Griffith Observatory

January 26, 2010

Front view of the ObservatoryBuilt on Mount Hollywood, Griffith Observatory is the ideal place to get a panoramic view of Los Angeles. There, you can see everything from the snowy mountains to the skyscrapers of downtown L.A. Griffith Observatory is located in Griffith Park, in the Northwest part of Los Angeles.

Apart from being an excellent place to take photos of Los Angeles, Griffith Observatory is also a museum dedicated to astronomy. You can learn a lot about the Earth and the Solar System through entertaining exhibits. Another good point is that the museum is mostly free! If you are interested in sciences, you will like the big Foucault pendulum. It demonstrates the rotation of the Earth.

I recommend tourists to go to the Observatory on the first day of their visit to Los Angeles, preferably on a clear and sunny day.

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Hidden Gem N°10: La Brea Tar Pits

January 24, 2010

Mammoth at La Brea

French people often miss a true hidden gem in Los Angeles : La Brea Tar Pits. They are a geological treasure that you won’t see anywhere else. The Tar Pits consist in oil (black gold!!) seeped up from the ground. They are forming puddles and small lakes in the area.

Often recovered by water they use to attract prehistoric animals who wanted to drink, and then trap them… By this mechanism, the tar pits accumulated full skeletons of animals during thousands of years. Only for archeologists to find them now and create a very interesting museum.

The main interest of the place is that you can see the oil coming out of the ground, it’s very impressive!

The museum also retraces Los Angeles foundation and its links to oil rush.

In my opinion, the tar pits are as extraordinary as Grand Canyon or sequoia at Yosemite Park. Definitely a place to go with children!

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Why French People Hate Los Angeles

January 21, 2010

view of Los AngelesLos Angeles is not a very popular destination among French tourists. Even the ones that visited  the City of Angels are often disappointed. Their complaints? Too much traffic, too hot, nothing historical, lack of things to see. I will admit that it’s not until my third time there that I began to like the city…

So I realised: Wow, I can be French and actually like Los Angeles! I can now understand why thousands of Americans move every month from New York to L.A.!

My new challenge is now to spread the love among the world.  And possibly I will get people to go see the city with their own eyes.

So stay in tune to discover or rediscover the wonders and hidden gems of Los Angeles!

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Hello Blogosphere

January 20, 2010

Hello. I am Frenchie, a young and dynamic woman. I’m currently in the process of getting an internship/training position in the City of Angels.