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You're in Marinarena's world, mostly dedicated to the greater Los Angeles area, including Orange County and the Inland Empire. No need to show your passport with that bad photo. Sit back and enjoy the virtual travel :-)

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BREWERY ART WALK, northeast Los Angeles APRIL 26 & 27

ENCOUNTER THE ENDEAVOUR SHUTTLE shuttle exhibit, California Science Center, ON-GOING

DO UNIVERSAL STUDIOS theme park,, featuring the new ride, TRANSFORMERS: THE RIDE 3D, Universal City, THROUGHOUT '14

SEE HISTORIC WWII BATTLESHIP IOWA, the ship & museum, in San Pedro (city of L.A.), ON-GOING



in Buena Park


-thanks to those who voted for it!

Oxford Edinburgh
Now, some explanatory terms...

Twisted Angel = Los Angeles, California
L.A. with all of its parts (in the greater L.A. county) gives it quite a unique shape not like any other place of this world!

Crushed Orange = Orange County, California.
Orange County is often presented as a big city, though within the county there are dozens of cities, some w/ unique character.

So Cal = Southern California %s*

Los Angeles and Orange County

The Marinarena homepage is inspired partly from a cultural writing/art project in which I was to present an imagined sense of community or some kind of arbitrary area.

Los Angeles especially fits under these definitions. It is really hard to know where L.A. begins or ends, geographically and otherwise. So, when talking about the city, there is no one clear-cut image - rather many! Read my L.A page and you'll know what I mean!

And then there is Orange county , which has quite a personality of its own. It can be said that O.C. is the little sister of Los Angeles, often seen as spoiled because of her suburban opulence and is perceived a bit snobbish. However, there is a humble quality not to miss in her as well and this draws many to live in her neck of the woods.

Mainly, I grew up in Cerritos, in L.A. county. However, O.C. has also been home to me. I feel very much caught between the two sisters.

Orange County, is highly exalted by some, cynically portrayed by others.
Of course, the area is well known as the home of Disneyland (aka Dismaland), in the city of Anaheim. While I give tips on D-Land travel, I seek to portray the lesser known, real town O.C. as seen through my lenses and thoughts.

What to see and discover here

MY PURPOSES and GOALS for this Site (in no exact order):
1. To share my heart & soul :-)
2. To showcase my modest photography & other work.
3. To educate myself about my own area.
4. To inform local & out-of-town people that Los Angeles does have culture!
5. To prove to folks that one can get around L.A. without a car by providing bus and train routes & therefore encourage people to use public transportation!
6. To introduce parts of southern California (esp. close to L.A.) lesser known to most.
7. To connect to cool VT ers close by & abroad.

Motifs in MarinArena you'll notice: murals/wall art, water fountains & displays & theater marquees.

Now, I introduce some of the girls ...

CITIES (Of Los Angeles county)


the original one who's good, bad, ugly, pretty...well who's everything in one -- Los Angeles ---W L.A.
L.A. is continually "pregnant" w/ various communities featured inside, including: Silverlake, Los Feliz, "Valley" areas, + L.A. county cities like Carson!

the grungy urban sailor chick- San Pedro

the unabashed liberal & funky artist -- Venice (Note that San Pedro & Venice are actually a part of the city of L.A. but have such a unique personality that they're shown separately.)

the three sisterly Hos :-) --
HoHollywood NoHoNorth Hollywood
WeHoWest Hollywood
have much fun in these entertainment filled cities!
(Note that Ho & NoHo are actually parts of LA, but are featured separately, like S.P & Venice.)

<<Westside Gals>>>

the one everybody knows of but doesn't truly know -- Beverly Hills
-- Enjoy the beautiful parks & immaculate quality here!

the very popular & attractive one -- Santa Monica
-- Big beachtown home to the famous pier & much more!

the artsy studio gal who likes to be behind the scenes -- Culver City
--Home to Sony Pictures, Jeopardy & Wheel of Fortune!

<<South Bay Beauties>>
the convenient & industrious one -- Torrance
--Stay here in an ordinary city, conveniently close to L.A.

the well "rounded" one-- Redondo Beach
-- Go here for a "turn of the 20th century beach experience."

the healthy, wealthy homegirl (pictured here)-- Manhattan Beach
-- Visit the volleyball loving, VT-adjacent city rich of pristine waters & pro ball/hockey players.

"la chica más hermosa" ("the most beautiful girl")--
Hermosa Beach
-- See a charming beach town!

-the runner-up who's truly first-class--
El Segundo
-- Drop by the quaint, LAX-adj. VT town!

- the breezy, cool one--
Marina Del Rey
--Sail on here!

<<Sisters w/ nice peaks (mountain views, I mean :-) >>

the grand rose queen & architect--
--See a very distinct, picturesque city!

the magnificent artistic baby--
South Pasadena
--Discover a quaint, well-designed town!

the green, borderline valley girl--
-- Go to a city w/ scenic views & great shopping!

the media darling --
--Come here for Bob Hope Aiport & Biz Hollywood

the well-to-do, isolated crystal blue wonder
Malibu/Pacific Palisades
-- See ocean blue & envy the wealth of things.

the isolated beauty who's the envy of many --
--Go here on Catalina Island!

the cowgirl -- Calabasas
-- Experience a rural ranch feel just outside of L.A w/ a growing number of celebs

the pristine diamond--Claremont
-- Come to a charming town of "trees & Phd.s"

More girls...

<<The 562 Area Gateway Girls (L.A.C. towns near or leading to Orange county)>>

the redeemed one & beach bum gal -- Long Beach
-- See an "L.A. twin along the Pacific

the witty, urban chic one -- Whittier
--Come to feel the local charm of Uptown!

the ordinary-extraordinary one -- Cerritos
--See my hometown!

More girls...

CITIES (of Orange County)

the old charmer -- Orange
--Be comfortable in the seat of O.C., continually "pregnant" w/ cities, Garden Grove, Fountain Valley & others inside!

<<North county gals>>
the all-around good one -- Fullerton
-- See a growing entertaining part of O.C.!

the most promising one who's turning heads -- Brea
-- Come to a kind of "Pleasantville" here!

the quiet conservative -- Yorba Linda
-- Find charm in Prez Nixon land!

<<Gateway Girls OC>>
the border girl--La Habra
--Discover a quiet, "hidden" town!

the ordinary yet surprisingly fun one --Buena Park
-- Experience an American suburb w/ lots of Korean & Latino flavor & Knott's Berry Farm!

the one that makes quiet waves
Seal Beach
-- Visit an inviting, charming beachtown convenient to Long Beach & O.C.!

<<Well-centered gals>>
the entertainer -- Anaheim
-- Where to find Dismal-land (uh, Disneyland) & Disney's California Adventure!

the quiet, urban artist -- Santa Ana
-- Experience the zoo, museums, O.C. historic buildings & strong Latino culture in one place!

the ironic one (trendy yet independent, conservative yet liberal)-- Costa Mesa
-- Where you go for the big elegant O.C. mall & the "anti-malls ".

the business-savvy one with a fun & nature-loving side -- Irvine
--Do nature stuff, see shows & much more in this mega biz & entertainment city.

<<The Posh Big Beachbums>>
the posh beachy ones-- Laguna Beach Newport Beach
--Laguna: Experience arts, blue ocean & ritz in one. My favorite beach area!
--Newport: Discover the good life here. Think " Beverly Hills with a Beach"

the cool surfer -- Huntington Beach
-- Come for delight on her surf & turf!

<<Beauties of South County>>
the quiet, sandy one --
Dana Point
-- Visit this very friendly, unassuming & oceanic-loving community!

the romantic one w/ old charm -- San Juan Capistrano
-- Visit the home of a spectacular mission & more here!

San Clemente
-- Spend time in a local beach fave right off Amtrak!

** Also... discover the smokin' hot girls of the I.E*, the Broad Empresses!

(*Inland Empire- east of L.A. & O.C.) to be featured more in depth:

the grand empresses of the desert--
Palm Springs
--Do the golf & stage show thing here!

--See gorgeous Mission Inn & the vibrant downtown arts centers here!

--Hit the Mills Mall here or catch an event at Citizens' Bank Arena.

the "crowned " oval empress--
-- Corona
--Stay in a delightful, convenient location close to O.C.& Riverside.

the blossoming desert empress w/ the strange name--Rancho Cucamonga

-- Visit a pretty Route 66 town w/ the fabulous Victoria Gardens mall!*


OK, I must, must post this LOUD and CLEAR!!!

Most tourists, as I have judged from the forums and in everyday life in SoCal, (1) want to see Hollywood and Disneyland in the area.
(2) wish to go from a LA center point to Hollywood, LAX or Long Beach.
(3) want to go from LA to the main central area of OC.

There is great hype that public transporation is impossible in all of these areas but it's just not true. Just remember these tips to save some bucks and gain opportunity to sight-see without driving.

Downtown LA-Hollywood, LAX, LA-Long Beach and more ANAHEIM Transportation Page (Disneyland travel tips) Knotts Berry Farm
(amusement park) including Disneyland to Downtown LA

You will notice ...

my fascination with water. I hope to see several of the world's beautiful water displays, shows, fountains, waterfalls, rivers, seas and oceans.

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