Olvera Street and Union Station


El Pueblo de Nuestra Señora la Reina de los Ángeles was the original name for the city we now know as Los Angeles.  Founded in 1781 it was the second town settled during the Spanish colonization of Alta California.  Eleven families were recruited from the Sonora y Sinaloa province of the Mexican Republic.  Here you will find Olvera Street, a popular tourist attraction. Continue reading


My Tour of Downtown LA

When we have had family visitors from out of state, naturally they have wanted to visit the usual tourist spots:  the Hollywood walk, Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, Venice Beach, Beverly Hills, etc.  However, we wanted to offer a look at some of the lesser known attractions in downtown Los Angeles.  So, after doing a little research on the internet, we devised our own tour that will consume 4 – 6 hours, is easily accessed on foot and hits several points of interest.  (This map might be helpful.)  Let’s get started.

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Descanso Gardens

In the 1930’s, E. Manchester Boddy purchased this 150 acre rancho in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains, north of Los Angeles near the town of La Canada.  He was then the owner of the Los Angeles Daily News.  He named it Rancho del Descanso.  In addition, he commissioned the design and construction of a home for himself and his family.  The result was a 12,000 square feet, 22 room mansion that was fully restored in 2007.


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