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Rae Anne R.
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You are allowed to bring drinks and snacks on the bus. A hat and sunglasses are recommended for going off the bus; you may find yourself in a sunny spot. Don't be shy about taking a ride by yourself; I've done it before and see people adventuring solo every trip. Guides are art/architecture/culture historians of Los Angeles and are available throughout the tour and happy to answer your questions; they have great senses of humor, too. I always end up calling people I know to discuss the things I've seen and learned on these trips and talking about the tours for weeks.

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Many people feel an indescribable urge to follow in the footsteps of celebrities long passed?hoping that a connection to their genius or charm still lingers in the air of their apartments and favorite pubs. The guides of Esotouric understand and share this urge, though they prefer to roam the paths of history by bus. After scouring the famed neighborhoods of Los Angeles in search of interesting and outlandish locations, they share their findings on bus adventures that retrace the trails blazed by local artists, filmmakers, writers, and actors.

Esotouric's odysseys wind through haunts such as Raymond Chandler's favorite breakfast spot and the salon Charles Bukowski visited for his weekly knuckle-hair perm. Coloring their tours with anecdotes about the films adapted from his noirish stories, guides also visit locales captured in the cinematic landscapes of James M. Cain. Various tours explore Southern California?s culture, literature, and architectural sides, giving history hounds the chance to sniff out sinister deeds in old-time tattoo parlors, burlesque shows, and crime scenes.

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