It was a gorgeous day! The birds were singing. The azure sky was clear as glass. The sun shined it’s warmth on my shoulders. There was a soft breeze in the air. I had just taken a nice drive across town and barely hit any traffic at all. I easily found a parking spot right by the escalator. When I arrived on the street level, the aroma of coffee and pastries wafted in the air.
There weren’t many people around. I saw a few groups of people forming in the quad area of this lovely park. I scanned the area and finally saw a familiar face. It was my friend Raquel Pineira of Organized Island. In a few minutes more friends arrived and Ann Odle of Ann About Town joined us.
I was glad to know a few people there. I wasn’t feeling well and was just getting over a very bad cold. I would have liked to get to know more of the people who were in our group. If you know me, you know I love to make new friends and would normally be making an effort to talk to everyone. But not this time. I stayed to myself and soaked it all in. What struck me was how easy it was and quickly the time went.
The surroundings were beautiful. The architecture of the city is breathtaking. Can you guess where I was?
Who would think it would be such a beautiful morning in the heart of Downtown Los Angeles?
We were treated to the Historic Downtown Walking Tour. In about an hour and a half, we casually walked around a few blocks of the area around Pershing Square known as Historic Downtown. I “clocked” over 6000 steps on my Walking Mate – a total of 3 miles that day. Our guide, David, a teacher and volunteer at the Los Angeles Conservancy, gave us an overview of the architectural styles and facts about the area. His wealth of knowledge was evident as well as his earnest love of the city of Los Angeles. As you can see in the shots above, it was a picture perfect day!
Here are the buildings that David showed us as he explained about the modular, Beaux-Arts, Art Deco, Gothic, and Victorian architectural influences:
At each point of interest, David gave a full account of the landscape, design, expansion, and innovation it took for the city to be born. He highlighted the nuances of the times and the rich cultural impact that the City of Los Angeles has made since it was founded in 1781.
Having worked on Bunker Hill for four years (2001-2005) I was familiar with the area but had never been in many of the buildings. This was a rare opportunity for me to learn more about the surroundings. I have always been enchanted by the city. I always jump at the chance to visit there and had recently been to Pershing Square for a summer concert. Parking underground at Pershing Square was easy, affordable and secure. On weekends, the traffic is light and I found the streets and sidewalks clean and welcoming. Overall, it was a wonderful experience and I look forward to taking more tours with the L.A. Conservancy.
Have you been on a tour of your own city? Which cities have you visited? Which are your favorites?
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The tour was free for the bloggers on this day. I am grateful to Melanie, LAExplorer.com and the L.A. Conservancy for their generosity. The memories and pictures I have shared here are my gift to you.