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We are now heading up to Los Angeles, for a short look around before heading off to dinner.  Here is downtown as we approach on the freeway.

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Ahh, the old Transamerica building no longer has the T but USC on the side.

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My office was on the second floor – it was fun when they were making movies or tv shows below on the first floor.  I remember them standing on this balcony shaking shaved plastic down on Cagney and Lacy with them standing in winter coats in the middle of summer in the heat.  How did they not sweat?

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We parked and walked in and around Union Station.

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And a piano for you to play – remember I said you not me…..

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And a chair to rest waiting for your train.

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On to Olvera Street –

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Yes it did sort of move on the street – not in my camera.

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Becky was surprised to hear that all the time I lived in LA, I never went to Olvera Street.

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Lots of stuff to buy …..

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And restaurants

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Becky told me stories about driving down here and letting someone out of the car to place and get the order from this stand while they drove around the block.  Must have been good.

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Becky hanging out with the guys again….

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and kitties galore for me

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And we must include the statue of Antonio Aguilar before leaving Olvera street. The 18-foot, bronze statue of Aguilar features him sitting on a horse — a fitting depiction of the performer who died in 2007, and was known as “El Charro de Mexico” (the Mexican Cowboy).

Now on to Chinatown and one of my favorite restaurants – Hop Li.

But we parked next to this temple which I don’t remember from years ago when I lived here.

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Living in Florida, I do so miss certain foods that I enjoyed living in Los Angeles.  Squid with Spicy Salt, Hop Li Beef, wonderful green beans with garlic, etc.

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Of course, we had to introduce Bear and Bearbette to Hop Li

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We had a wonderful meal and grand conversations. It was so much fun to be with my friends – my travel buddies, my best friends.

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Thank you Carol, to you and your family, for taking me around Hawaii. and Thank you Besties – for the nicest ending for this trip.

Til our next trip together…….Much Love

 

 

 

 

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