Happy summer everyone! I work for a school district and so I am officially off for the summer; woo-hoo! Today, and for the next couple of Wednesdays, I will be headed to LA to check out all of the sites. I have been up there several…ok more than several times, and there is still so much that I haven’t seen. LA is full of beautiful buildings, unique people and hidden gems. I am excited to take my time, wander the street and snap some pictures, with my little iTouch.
I took my two cousins with me, Blake and Aurora, and we were off to explore Chinatown and Olvera St. This area of Los Angeles is walker friendly; Chinatown, Olvera St and Union Station are located very close to each other. On this little excursion, Union Station was skipped; it is a spectacular Art Deco building and shouldn’t be missed. This time we drove, but I prefer to park and take the Metro. There is a drop off station at Union Station, near Olvera St. and one in Chinatown. The LA Metro is great for traveling all over the city and you don’t have to worry about where to park or parking fees.
Chinatown is full of little hidden alley ways, that take to from one street to the next, fun little shops and great people watching. If you do decide to go, most of the shops don’t open until 11 AM.
Next up was Olvera Street. There is a Plaza, shaded by a huge tree, that hosts musical groups and dancers focused around hispanic culture. Little museums are free, the shopping is plentiful and several restaurants with patio seating, are great for people watching. Olvera Street is also the host to many festivals and ceremonies throughout the year, such as The Blessing of the Animals, The Flower Festival and Dia de Los Muertos. The quaint area has been threatened to be closed down several times and each time it goes to City Council the little street survives. Check out this semi-hidden gem before it is too late!
Stay tuned for my next trip to LA; I will be headed to the Pershing Square area of downtown LA.