Re-post: Long Beach

Jun 6th, 2004, 07:33 AM
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San Pedro actually is a suburb of Los Angeles. It is not a separate city. The schools are LAUSD (i went to them) and because of the harbor L.A. wont give up Wilmington or San Pedro. Before we moved three years ago they had a petition going to try and let both cities go independent. I doubt it worked...L.A. get way too much money from the harbor to let them go. Pedro and Wilmington are kind of the buble cities at the end of the LA Strip that runs from downtown. I am pretty sure on this one, my dad still owns property in San Pedro and everything you do, you have to deal with city of Los Angeles. But, you are right about Long Beach!
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Jun 7th, 2004, 08:34 AM
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just, you're right about San Pedro-- it gets so confusing. Ahh, LA area politics get so complicated you just start shutting them out....
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Jun 7th, 2004, 07:19 PM
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tlegray - I wish I had a lot of bags so that you could carry them! Hopefully, we will be traveling light...1 carry-on each and hopefully just 1 large suitcase between us. What part of Houston do you live in? I know my way around Houston by shopping areas/malls. We live in Nederland which is between Beaumont and Port Arthur, if you know where that is. It's the bottom right hand corner of Texas next to Louisiana. We have yucky beaches until you get close to Galveston. Anyway, thanks for your suggestions.
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Jun 7th, 2004, 07:35 PM
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I'm sorry but I don't know where that is, though I have been to Port Arthur and Beaumont. I live in the Clear Lake area of Houston, which is on the 45 halfway between downtown Houston and Galveston. Best known for the Johnson Space Center. Near the Baybrook Mall.

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Aug 26th, 2004, 06:36 PM
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Arriving in Long Beach in less than 2 weeks. I am just checking in to see if anyone has any additional suggestions on where to eat, shop,and things to do. We are staying at the Hyatt so I know there are a lot of things to do in the area that are within walking distance. Thanks to everyone who has already given great suggestions.
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Aug 30th, 2004, 12:44 PM
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If you're in the area September 12th, and have the afternoon free, head to Belmont Shore for the Belmont Car Show. Awesome classic, not-so-classic and souped-up cars in the streets of charming Belmont Shore (where, if I ever win the Lotto, I will live again).

The Museum of Latin American Art is in downtown LB and usually has very worthwhile exhibitions. The LB Museum of Art is a tiny facility, but is located on the bluff overlooking the Pacific, and can be a nice place to spend a couple of hours.

If you feel like driving about 15 minutes down PCH, Seal Beach is a cute little city just over the county line, and there are sweet little shops on its old-fashioned Main Street. There's a great seafood restaurant on Main called Walt's Wharf. Other than a mediocre New England clam chowder, everything I've had there has been top-rate.

Have a great trip!
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Aug 30th, 2004, 01:54 PM
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I was shocked to see someone thought Long Beach was really part of the City of LA..... I'm glad that was straightened out. Long Beach City, however, is a part of Los Angeles COUNTY, and that's probably where the confusion comes from. But, Long Beach is a HUGE city, that's for sure! My goodness, it spans from the coast, and inland all the way till you can't even get a wift of the "ocean breezes". You definitely want to stay on the ocean side of the 405, and not stray to the "Wrong" Beach side of Long Beach. lol

I agree with those above who say that the Queen Mary is a little overrated. I would say that I have much more fun at the Long Beach Aquarium, but to each her own. I've stayed at the QM for a weekend, and I admit, I got a little "spooked" by its history and the idea of ghosts... and I also got lost trying to get from my room to the ballroom, which didn't help. lol

Have a great time in Long Beach! I love The Sky Room for dinner.

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Aug 30th, 2004, 02:13 PM
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Simone: I do agree that the Aquarium of the Pacific is a special place, definitely worth the time to visit. And strolling around the Marina is a distinct pleasure.
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Aug 30th, 2004, 07:20 PM
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Thanks rjw_lgb_ca and Simone!I've really received great advice and I'm looking forward to Long Beach.My husband definitely wants to go on the Queen Mary so we probably will. The aquarium is definely a must. I've gotten great restaurant & shopping suggestions. I live near Galveston, TX and it seems that there is a lot more to do in Long Beach. rjw_lgb_ca & Simone - I would like to know your opinions on going to Catalina Island. Thanks again for your help.
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Aug 30th, 2004, 08:16 PM
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luvlondon,

Maybe I'm just a sucker for history but I love the Queen Mary and spent a full six hours exploring her a couple years ago (my long suffering husband, bless his heart, bailed at hour 4 and checked out the submarine instead). It amazes me how you're completely free to roam the ship--it really is spooky in parts. I got lost down in the boiler room of all places and about had a full-fledged anxiety attack trying to get out of there. Our family took a cruise on Royal Caribbean's new Mariner of the Seas this June--while it's a BEAUTIFUL ship, it just didn't have the majesty and grace of the Queen Mary. Think maybe I was born 40 years too late! Enjoy your trip.
 
Aug 30th, 2004, 08:33 PM
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Tess...thanks for your reply. It reminded me that my sweet mother-in-law went to NY many, many years ago and was on the ferry going to Lady Liberty and took a couple of great pictures of the Queen Mary as she was coming in to the harbor. It's a really neat black & white photo. She and her best friend went to NY right after they graduated from high school and was 54+ years ago. My husband is hoping to get some neat pictures of the Queen Mary while we are there. His mother just showed them to us yesterday. Thanks again!
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Aug 31st, 2004, 08:06 AM
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If you can get an early start on the day and get out to Catalina early (the ride out on Catalina Express is quick), it's definitely worth it. An artist friend of mine makes a point of heading there on day excursions when she needs peace and inspiration (and sometimes she finds pieces to work into her sculptures). And you can get back in time for dinner and blues at Blue Café!
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Aug 31st, 2004, 08:43 AM
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If you go to the Skyroom in the Breakers Hotel, walk up to the roof and see the skyline. Although the view from the restaurant is good, this is even better. The skyroom is a lot of fun, especially if you like to dance, but the food is pricey and not that great, however we went one evening with a group of friends and with the music, the dancing, the view, ambience, etc. we decided it was worth the money!
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Aug 31st, 2004, 03:46 PM
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If you have time, Catalina Island will be really nice at this time. You'll love it! Bring comfy shoes and sunscreen and whatever else you're comfortable carrying ALL DAY. I get seasick easily, so I had to stay outside on the boat over, or I was going to hurl. Unless you're in for a work-out, don't bother renting bicycles. Rent a golf-cart or just take the tours instead. I rented a bike last time I was there, and I was huffing and puffing the whole time uphill... of course it took about a minute to roll downhill... hahaha.

Back in Downtown LB, I would also second the Blue Cafe. I have a great black babydoll t-shirt from there that I love wearing.
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Sep 15th, 2004, 06:31 PM
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Dear Luvlondon:

Please post a trip report if you get a chance. I'm going to the same area in December and would leave to hear your thoughts on the Long Beach area!
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Sep 15th, 2004, 07:53 PM
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Lamchop, Thanks for your interest in our trip. I will be posting a report sometime this weekend. We had a great time and plan on going back. Check back Saturday afternoon / evening. I am in central time zone.
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