Los Angeles Is SO L.A.

It seems like eons have gone by, but it was just three days ago when I visited L.A.

(I’ve sure been making the trek to and from Los Angeles a lot lately.)

On Tuesday’s trip, I was at The Grove.

If you aren’t familiar with it, The Grove is an upscale outdoor mall.

Have you ever seen the T.V. show Extra?

They film parts of it at The Grove, of course.

Photo:  Maria being filmed for  the T.V. show Extra.   The Grove, Los Angeles.

Do you think they purposely picked Mario and Maria to host Extra?

M and M ….  M&M …  Mmmmm chocolate!

See how my brain works?

Filming for movies/television isn’t unusual in Orange County.

It’s even more common in L.A., of course.

Photo:  The Grove, Los Angeles

It was a beautiful day.

I wasn’t in L.A. to take photos, but I did take a few.

I was meeting a friend/blogger/colleague/writer for lunch.  My daughter connected with us too, and it made for a wonderful mix of company.

It can be  such a great thing to bring people together when you know they’ll enjoy each other.  As it turns out, my friend and my daughter had a lot to talk about.

I nodded my head while they had serious conversations.

I smiled a lot.

I drank too much iced tea.

After lunch, I walked into the Barnes and Noble bookstore and INHALED the smell of books.

Bookstores have become extinct in the area of Orange County where I live.

Photo:  Barnes and Noble bookstore at The Grove, Los Angeles

I love my Kindle, but I have a deep seated love for bookstores.

Of course,

L.A. would not be L.A. without T.V. and movies, right?

Photo:  Movie theater at The Grove, Los Angeles

To me, the above photo represents Los Angeles so well.

My visit to The Grove did make me wonder, though.

Do you still have bookstores where you live?

16 Responses to “Los Angeles Is SO L.A.”

  1. Jan's Sushi Bar

    After Borders closed all their stores, there’s only one (which took over where Borders was), called “Books-A-Million.” I love my Kindle, too, and buy lots of books online from Amazon, so I haven’t been in there yet.

  2. Suzanne Y.

    Question 1. Are you using a fish eye lens for the LA?Grove shots?

    Comment 1. The one thing I really noticed about the “Extra” shot is that Maria is standing on a box to appear taller. Interesting…

    Comment 2. I find it ironic that Barnes & Noble and Borders are shutting down left and right, and yet…it seems as if the independent book stores (that the former all seemed to destroy) seem to be making a comeback. Ironic and wonderful don’t you think?

    • Twenty Four At Heart

      No, I don’t have a fisheye lens. I had my Canon 14mm prime lens on most of that day. I’d love to buy their fisheye, but it’s very expensive for the amount of use I’d give it ….

      I think she stands on the box so she’s above the crowd and doesn’t get lost in a sea of faces …

      Sadly, there are no independent bookstores anywhere near where I live.

  3. Missy

    I love an independent book store. I have been to Bainbridge Island a couple of times and there is a wonderful bookstore there-
    Eagle Harbor Books. Check it out if you are ever in the Northwest.

  4. Karen in East Texas

    There is a B&N close to where I work, but nothing in the rural area I live in. When I lived closer to Houston, I loved going into the independently owned bookstores and browsing.

    • Twenty Four At Heart

      I would love to own a bookstore and carry old, hard to find, books. Sadly, even if I had the money to do such a thing (I don’t), I doubt anyone would ever buy anything.

  5. Joy

    There are no bookstores in my small town where I live. The closest store is 2 hours away, and it is a little chain store. bah.
    There is a beautiful one three hours from us, in the city. It is not overly large, but it has a delightful café attached, and a marvelous winding staircase in the centre of the store that takes us up into (among other things) the children’s section, complete with reading pit. We love to spend time there when we can.
    My dream? To open a little, eclectic indy bookstore in this town. If we are here to stay after the next two years, I think I will.

    Thank you for the photo (and the dream) of the bookstore. 🙂

  6. Gaelyn

    Don’t even own a TV so this is all new to me.

    I really like the idea of meeting fellow bloggers because we Do already know each other.

    • Twenty Four At Heart

      I’m not much of a TV watcher myself, and I don’t watch Extra either. But … I have seen parts of it as family members switch channels. (Mainly my husband watching sports!)

  7. karen

    These photos are awesome!!! What technique are you using??….

    and.. sadly, most of our bookstores are closing.. thanks to Kindle and Nook. 🙁 I love bookstores, always have. Even if we don’t “need” them anymore, you can’t beat the experience.

    • Twenty Four At Heart

      A prime lens is a lens at a fixed length. (You can’t zoom it in and out.)
      Not all prime lenses are wide angles.
      My 14mm lens is a prime (it can only shoot 14mm), and 14mm is very wide … almost a fisheye.


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