LA's Historic Union Station was incredible, this architectural gem did not disappoint with soaring coffered ceilings, intricate tile and woodwork, and obvious careful preservation. On a future trip, I'd love to have dinner at Traxx.
Move to the beat
The moment we left the doors of Union Station, we heard the most amazing music, welcoming us to Olvera Street. Arden was so excited by the sound that she literally escaped her stroller and ran toward the plaza and its dancing, clapping, singing crowd. She coaxed her daddy into dancing with her, investigated the tables of tiny sized pan flutes as souvenirs, and went with me to have a closer look at this incredible artist and musician. What a welcome.
Before we took to the marketplace our little dancer spotted her new favorite drink, Agua Fresca, even ordered it herself. Then we walked past the gorgeous engraved wooden cross honoring the founding of El Pueblo in 1781.
Shady spots tucked away under awnings and plumes of bougainvillea,
provide respite from the hot sun and crowded street.
The narrow brick streets offered unending interest and color. Hand made, well crafted gifts filled market stands floor to ceiling. We enjoyed lunch at one of the many food cafes and restaurants along the row. From time to time, musicians visited restaurants or walked the streets filling it with the full bodied sound of guitars and their passionate voices.
Avila Adobe is the oldest residence in Los Angeles, and sweet little retreat from the hustle and bustle of the market outside its walls. Also, a nice place to let a toddler run! Its beautiful courtyard is surrounded by covered walkways, the rooms of the house are a step back in time.
Built in 1818 by Francisco Jose Avila, a former mayor of Los Angeles, it is hard to imagine that years later this treasure was ever condemned. Thankfully in 1928 Christine Sterling saved the home from demolition and she raised money to restore it. She also envisioned it s a hub of learning about Spanish and Mexican heritage and championed the use of Olvera as a Mexican marketplace.