Friday, June 24, 2011

Esotouric holds anniversary sale for July 16 outing and more

Anniversary Sale on Esotouric's Raymond Chandler bus tour, and other lost
L.A. excursions

WHAT: Esotouric's "Raymond Chandler's Los Angeles: In A Lonely Place" bus

WHEN: Saturday, July 16, 2011, 12-4pm

WHERE: Tour departs from Clifton's Cafeteria, 648 S. Broadway, Los Angeles,
CA 90014

COST: $58/person, includes complementary noir-themed gelato from Scoops

SAVE: Through June 27, take advantage of Esotouric's Anniversary Sale
(celebrating the 5th wedding anniversary of Esotouric's Kim Cooper and
Richard Schave) with a two-person Pair Pass for $88.88, regular price $116.

MORE INFO: visit or call 323-223-2767

In July, Esotouric, the eclectic bus adventure company whose
tours reveal L.A.'s secret history, offers a bus tour dedicated to the
city's greatest detective novelist, Raymond Chandler, from the downtown
streets he roamed as a young oil executive to his uniquely poisonous
portrayal of the city's hustlers, heavies and suckers. The tour reveals the
secret historic city that still breathes under our modern streets, and
offers unexpected insight into the life and work of a beloved writer and his
immortal white knight detective hero Philip Marlowe.

And for a very limited time, save on the Raymond Chandler tour, or any
regularly scheduled $58 Esotouric bus adventure, when you snap up an
Anniversary Sale Pair Pass, a special ticket good for any two people who
love each other to ride together for $88.88, regular price $116. The
Anniversary Sale continues through June 27, and celebrates the 5th wedding
anniversary of Esotouric's Kim Cooper and Richard Schave. For more info, or
to purchase, visit

In the spirit of the lasting power of love, Esotouric recently took a road
trip to San Diego to attend the moving Valentine's Day ceremony in which the
ashes of Raymond Chandler's wife Cissy (died 1954) were finally placed in
his (died 1959) grave, as both had intended. In keeping with their pledge to
share interesting Los Angeles lore on their tour bus and online, video and
photos from the ceremony have been posted at the Esotouric blog:

And just to show that Chandler scholarship continues to evolve 52 years
after his death, Esotouric's Raymond Chandler tour features a startling new
theory developed through Esotouric's original research. Get on the bus to
learn all about the idealistic Los Angeles policeman whose one-man crusade
against the evils of his own department is among the most convincing cases
for a real life prototype of the Philip Marlowe character ever proposed. And
you won't hear about him in any of the Chandler biographies, but only on the
Esotouric bus.

For more original Raymond Chandler research uncovered by Esotouric, see the
blog post "Raymond Chandler and the Creamery" about the criminal happenings
the young writer might have witnessed at his first job in Los Angeles, at
the link below.


city that exists in shadowy parallels to contemporary LA. Bungalows. Crime.
Hollywood. Blondes. Vets. Smog. Death. This was Raymond Chandler¹s city,
which resonated from deft and melancholy fits of his writer¹s bow. Join
Esotouric on an exploration of the city that shaped Chandler's fiction, and
that in turn shaped his hard-boiled times, in a four hour tour of downtown,
Hollywood and surrounding environs: Musso & Frank, Union Station, the Hotel
Van Nuys, Paramount Studio¹s gates, and beyond. Through published work,
private correspondence, screenplays and film adaptations, the tour traces
Chandler¹s search for meaning and his anti-hero Philip Marlowe¹s struggle to
not be pigeonholed or give anything less than all he has, which lead them
both down the rabbit hole of isolation, depression, and drink.

Get on the bus for a revealing time travel journey into the literary history
of Los Angeles, and discover the places and people who inspired Raymond
Chandler's timeless novels, screenplays and stories. And as a special treat,
the tour's complementary snack break features a selection of noir-themed
gelato flavors from the creative kitchen of Tai Kim's Scoops, the most
interesting and acclaimed ice cream shop in Los Angeles. Scoops doesn't
announce the featured flavors in advance, but Chandleresque offerings on
past tours have have included Coffee/Jack Daniels, Bacon/Caramel,
Guinness/Chocolate and even Nicotine (made with Nicorette gum)!

For more info on Esotouric, visit

Upcoming Esotouric bus tour and special event schedule
Sun June 26 - LAVA's free Sunday Salon (info at
Sat July 9 - The Real Black Dahlia crime bus tour (SOLD OUT)
Sat July 16 - Raymond Chandler's L.A.
Sat July 30 - Maja's Mysteries: Rapture & Release
Sun July 31 - LAVA's free Sunday Salon (info at
Sat August 6 - Reyner Banham Loves L.A.: Route 66
Sun August 7 - Reyner Banham Loves L.A.: South L.A.
Sat August 20 - Charles Bukowski's L.A.: Haunts of a Dirty Old Man
Sat August 27 - Reyner Banham Loves L.A.: The Lowdown on Downtown
Sun August 28 - LAVA's free Sunday Salon (info at
Sat Sept 10 - Hotel Horrors & Main Street Vice crime bus tour
Sat Sept 24 - The Birth of Noir: James M. Cain's Southern California
Sun Sept 25 - LAVA's free Sunday Salon (info at

Esotouric's Kim Cooper and Richard Schave are proud members of LAVA - The
Los Angeles Visionaries Association.

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