Most people equate trains and subway systems with cities like New York, London, Paris, or Tokyo. I'm not sure if L.A. crosses their minds, but let it be known, there are trains in California. After working to get everyone back into good health, our family decided to take a day trip into Los Angeles. It was our first excursion of the new year and if any indication, a sign of many fun things to come.
At the advice of a good friend, we drove to Moorpark and took a double-decker train into the city. It was a lengthy, though pleasant trip, and we all remarked that we would gladly do it again. Jackson, especially, was the most enthused about the ride. As a train afficionado, he remarked upon all the makes and models we passed along the way. He barely sat, preferring to stare out the window and talk non-stop to my mother about everything he saw. The ride was worth it for his enjoyment alone. He loves trains and for him, it was a dream come true. Look at the excitement on that precious face!
Our friend advised the train trip as we were headed into the center of what was the birthplace of Los Angeles. Called El Pueblo de Los Angeles, it is the site where 44 settlers founded this now great city. The founders were of varying ethnic bacgrounds, but in this one spot, you will see many tributes to all who helped build what we now know as the city of angels.
Right outside of the historic Union Station, it is a small area, yet there were many things to take in~all of which have been preserved beautifully. Fire House No. 1, the Hellman-Quon building, the Avila Adobe Museum. It was really neat to see how so much originated in one square. Chinatown, though no longer there, was actually born in this location. To commemorate it, the Chinese History Museum was built right off the square~a spot which now holds a very strong Hispanic influence. It is on a small street, Olvera, where we spent most of our time. We browsed the booths, explored the shops, and ate the most delicious meal at La Golondrina. Horchatas and margaritas flowed as we enjoyed the tastiest Mexican lunch, only to be followed by the most amazing churros. If you're ever in El Pueblo, it is highly recommended that you stop at Mr. Churro's for it's namesake's dessert. After enjoying one con leche, I can assure you that it is worth it.
We ended our day back on the train. Tired, but really happy, the day had been marvelous. We talk about taking another ride in the future, but heading into Santa Barbara instead. Doesn't that sound like fun? I think we were all pleasantly surprised by how good this experience turned out. We knew it would be fun, but didn't anticipate how much. Enjoy more pictures from our day, and if you're at home in New Orleans: Happy Twelfth Night!