When travel and play collides

When travel and play collide, it’s a really cool thing.

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Official Lego play set

With the new Ghostbuster’s movie on the horizon, Lego has released an official Ghostbuster’s Firehouse Headquarters play set. And when I saw it, had to exclaim “that’s the firehall. I was there!” And I have the picture to prove it!

So, this in my opinion is a really cool travel story. I was in Los Angeles, California last year and I had a neat little tourist map in my hand. It showcased movie set and nostalgic locations, and that kind of thing. The one location that really caught my eye was the Ghostbuster’s firehall (from the original 80s movie). It took a bit to track down, and in fact it was in a pretty scary part of the neighbourhood (at least for this small town prairie girl) but I did it, I found it! I snapped a couple photos and hightailed it for a more familiar and comfortable area of downtown LA.

But at least I got to see it, and recognize it and that was so cool!

It was once recognized as one of the most beautiful and highly coveted fire halls in America and given National historic status. However, in 2015 when I tracked it down, it was in an apparent state of disrepair.

The oddly graffitied cat portrait on the curved door really stood out for me. In fact, I took my photo and printed it on a t-shirt for myself. I often wear my custom-made freaky cat door t-shirt to bed. I have a theory that it keeps ghosts (and nightmares) away. LOL

If Ghostbusters, or this unique lego set intrigues you, they’re available on-line at the official Lego store for $400. If you’d rather have a 2015 freaky cat door t-shirt, that can be arranged for less than 10% of the Lego set.

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My 2015 Ghostbusters adventure

San Diego: A couple’s trip

Screen Shot 2016-01-23 at 1.02.48 AMSan Diego has such a great scene. I think it would be a fabulous place for a couple’s trip.

If you’re the comic-loving type then maybe you’d enjoy a fan-fest weekend at Comic-Con. It’s hosted in San Diego every year in July. Of course, this will take some serious planning as the event always sells out.

 

What about a movie themed getaway for you and your sweetie? Visit Coronado Island and the famed Hotel del Coronado where Marilyn Monroe and Tony Curtis filmed ‘Some Like it Hot‘ in the late 1950s.

For a more recent, but no less iconic movie connection, drop by the Kansas City Barbeque restaurant downtown San Diego where the unforgettable bar scenes of ‘Top Gun‘ were filmed. The piano where character, Goose, pounded out a roaring rendition of ‘Great Balls of Fire‘ still sits in the corner.

If after enjoying a pint, and you you utter the words of Goose’s wife (played by Meg Ryan)  “take me to bed or lose me forever’  you’ll want to be staying across the street at the Manchester Grand Hyatt. Not only is it a fabulous hotel, it overlooks the harbour and Seaport Village. 

You would have to rent a car and drive north up the coast to see “Charlie’s house” where Maverick races to on his motorcycle after that beach volleyball scene. Yes, you remember that volleyball scene! Anyways, the house or beach cottage as it was, is located at 102 Pacific Street, Oceanside California which is right by Camp Pendleton the military base. Should you rather skip the rental car, you can walk over from the Hyatt to the USS Midway Museum. Here you can explore an aircraft carrier. (Incidentally, it was named the #1 thing to do in San Diego, by Trip Advisor.) At a cost of about $20 ($10 with ID for Veterans) it’s the closest you’ll get to a working aircraft carrier, like in Top Gun.

If movies like ‘Anchorman‘ are more your style, you might be disappointed to know that even though the movie story was set in San Diego, it was nearly completely filmed in Long Beach and Los Angeles, California. Even the San Diego Zoo (celebrating its centennial this year), was staged at the Los Angeles Zoo. Regardless, there are no reasons why you can’t drive around in a turtleneck and velvet blazer saying “keep it classy San Diego.” After all, it’s YOUR vacation.

 

The statue of sailor kissing a girl, on the harbour. The statue is a rendition of the famous Time Life cover from July 1945.
The statue of sailor kissing a girl, on the harbour. The statue is a rendition of the famous Time Life cover from July 1945.