Once again, I'm leaving the picture in the "Ken Burns" format so you can click on them and read the captions, if you'd like.
On one of Hope's trips to the Wholesale District in regards to her drapery rods, she dropped us off for a couple hours at Olvera Street. Bob always goes there when he visits the area and I love to go there too, it was one of the places I remember visiting with my aunts, uncles, grandparents and my mom & dad on our trip in 1955. The place where I had my first taste of Mexican cuisine.
There's always musicians strolling the area. We stood and listened to one group of three people who were being filmed, by a very professional looking group of photographers. I love the music and the atmosphere of this place.
There are hundreds of stalls with all types of different merchandise for sale. Bob & I particularly like the leather goods stalls. Belts, purses, little coin purses, shoes...anything that can be made of leather. And yes I bought another little wallet type purse that you hang around your neck....just big enough to hold some change, a few bills and your ID. But...it's red and it really caught my eye, so I had to have it. I think it was $6...so not very expensive. Also, there are several open air places to eat. We've been to several of them in the past and this year we tried a new place. We sat at a table just ouside a glass partition where a man was making formed taco shells. The food was very good and not at all expensive. The service is great, the food good and the prices low...what more can you ask for ?
We had first walked down the street to the famous birth place of the French Dip sandwich, Philippes hoping to eat there. It's situated between Olvera Street and China Town and across the street for the Los Angeles Union Station. We had stopped there once earlier in the week with Hope, only to find literally hundreds of people waiting in line to order. It was the same thing this day, so that's when we decided to go back and eat at Olvera street. We did walk thru the place to use the restrooms and Bob wanted to show me a very interesting picture of a locomotive engine that went past the end of the track. (I've posted that picture in this entry).
After about 3 hours Bob's cell phone rang and it was Hope on her way back to pick us up. We hooked up with her on a nearby corner and we were soon on the busy freeway system, heading back to Pasadena.
Until next time........Linda