Olvera Street: A secret gem in the heart of LA
I have lived in Los Angeles for well over a decade now and I am still finding new and fascinating places to visit. This past weekend, I visited the very historic Olvera Street in DTLA and it was such a beautiful setting with so much culture. It is part of the El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historic Monument and contains the oldest building in Los Angeles, the Avila Adobe, built in 1818. The street is lined with shaded trees, a pedestrian marketplace filled with restaurants and craft shops. This beautiful street has been described as a "Top 5" in the "Great Streets of America" journal. As I strolled down the path, I noticed people salsa dancing in the streets and the sweet sound of the spanish guitar filled the air. I felt that I journeyed into a small town in Mexico where the colors are vibrant and the people are lovely. If you're looking for somewhere to visit in LA that's off the beaten path, check out Olvera Street. You will fall in love!
WONDERING ABOUT: THE PICO HOUSE
Nearby Olvera Street, I wandered over to the historic landmark known as "The Pico House." The Pico House was originally constructed between 1869-1870 and was built as a hotel. It contained 33 rooms and it was considered the most lavish and extravagant hotel in Southern California. Sadly, however, it's time in the spotlight did not last long as business in the area was moving south. Today, it stands tall and is a national landmark. It is also part of the El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historic Monument. It was featured on the Travel Channel's "Ghost Adventures" as it is supposedly haunted.