A day in DOWNTOWN LA…

So, Kathie and I love to travel. But sometimes, there’s not enough time. That’s when we decide to travel into our own town. And LA’s a great place because it’s spread out like a big-ass blanket.

When my son Sean was a kid, we would take him on what we called “Hat Trick Trips” which were 3 cool things in one day. (For those who don’t know what a Hat Trick is, it’s three goals in one game bu one player. Always good.) And that’s what these tiny trips are all about. Having a good time with those you love.

So off we went in King Tahoe to Downtown LA. First stop? Union Station where they shot Blade Runner and other cool flix. Amazing how old it is and how people glide through it without noticing the amazing tile and architecture. It’s awesome…

Then… Olvera Street to have lunch. The last time I was here, it was 100 degrees and like walking through a sauna. But yesterday? Perfect. Bought some milk candy, giftees and had mole enchiladas. Even walked the oldest house/pueblo in LA! This is where LA actually grew from…

Next? The Bradbury Building down the street. Again, another cool location for Blade Runner. Built in 1893 at the time of the Chicago World’s Fair, all the iron was shipped from France, to the Fair and then to the Bradbury. And yes, Ray Bradbury is a descendant. But… then we broke the Hat Trick rule because there was more coolness to be had…

Off to Angel’s Flight Railway. The world’s smallest rail system, lasting only 1 minute and costing 25 cents. This lil’ baby has transported more people than all the railways put together. Millions… just for a minute. It was a blast. We rode it twice and imagined the people in the early 1900’s taking it to work.

Then… the the open indoor market across the street. Where… everything smelled like fish, including my eclair. Eek…. Then, out of the corner of my eye, I saw Victor Clothing Company where my grandfather worked for 50 years. On the side of the building is a painting of Anthony Quinn, my friend Francesco’s father. Francesco passed away about 6 months ago, but did a great job at helping to restore it.

Days like these pull your attention from stress and get you to focus on adventure, fun, travel and family. Do it. Spend a day in your own town and go somewhere you’ve never been. You’ll be glad you did….

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