Union Station tour which began at 10:00am. Our appointed guide is a well-informed gentleman who spoke in great depth about Union Station's history as well as its architectural significance.
|Fred Harvey Room|
|our tour guide|
|double-dipped beef, cole slaw, potato salad, and a pickle|
After lunch, I walked back down Alameda to famous Olvera Street which is located between Union Station and Philippe's. Olvera Street is short and bustling, very mired in the tourist trade with stalls lining the entire length of the street and selling food or cheap souvenirs to visitors.
|Avila Adobe courtyard|
|performance in Plaza park|
|Old Plaza Firehouse|
|To the Batpole!|
When I left the Chinese-American museum, I walked back toward Plaza park. As I did so, I heard flamenco music which I followed until I found myself at La Plaza de Cultura Y Artes, a cultural center consisting of a museum housed in a three-storey building on Main Street and a 30,000 square feet garden. Located adjacent to Plaza park, the mission statement of La Plaza de Cultura Y Artes is to "celebrate and cultivate an appreciation for the enduring and evolving influence of Mexican and Mexican-American culture."
|La Plaza de Cultura Y Artes|
|performers at La Plaza de Cultura Y Artes|
first one) is convincing me otherwise, much to my excitement. I can't wait for my next downtown adventure!