The first thing we did on spring break with our niece Phenom, was go on a little hike around out neighborhood. See our blue shed over my shoulder? She arrived after dark last night from Indiana and woke up in the mountains.
Cool chick art on the wall of our first parking lot in downtown Los Angeles. We went to Chinatown and looked through the shops. The real herb and grocery stores away from the touristy stuff are really the most interesting. We bought preserved plums, tamarind and mochi to sample later.
Phenom, slightly out of focus in front of the Disney Hall. She and I broke away for a walking tour of downtown Los Angeles.
Tip for visitors to downtown: check out this building up close if you have a chance. The architecture interesting inside, too, there’s a pricy but clever gift shop inside, and the bathrooms are clean, free and open to the public. Shhhh!
Our shortcut from Disney Hall to the Grand Central Market led us to Angel’s Flight. This is the first time I’ve ever been there when it was up and running. Twenty-five cents for a quick taste of the past, riding the funicular downhill for about a block. The lady sitting on the right told us that we could catch the DASH to the Fashion District.
Lunch outside the Grand Central Market. I had a shrimp and a fish tostada. Phenom put together an oyster and some shrimp from the Mexican seafood stand and steamed broccoli and cabbage from an Asian stand. Mmmm. We were hungry! Angel’s Flight in the background.
Oh, the shopkeeper’s eyes lit up when they saw Phenom coming. She’d look great in any of the cute styles they offered. She’d even make this thing rock. It reminded her of costumes from the recent production of Suessical she starred in at school.
We took the DASH to Santee Alley. Pretty funny as we were only about four blocks away when we boarded it. We walked back up Broadway, past the old movie palaces and Clifton’s Cafeteria (closed for renovations, sadly).
We finished up our downtown tour with a visit to Union Station and Olvera Street. Unfortunately we were too late to see the inside of Avila Adobe, downtown’s oldest building, so we were relegated to the kitchy trinket shops along Olvera. But we did see an amazing photograph of a woman whose face was about 70% covered in Day of the Dead make-up, which was hauntingly beautiful and our favorite thing we saw here.
Headed home in the middle of rush hour. What are you gonna do? It happens sometimes, but at least the conversation was good.