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A trip to the Post Office (Photo heavy)


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  • Trip Report A trip to the Post Office (Photo heavy)

    Greetings Micechatters

    This Saturday we had to go to the Post Office to mail something.
    Your probably wondering how a trip to the Post Office can be photo heavy?
    Living in downtown Los Angeles you never know what you might run into.

    So with camera in hand we headed out to walk to the Post Office,

    Out the door, and down to the lobby of our building.

    Here's a photo of the lobby where we live, the beautiful San Fernando building.

    As we headed out the door we heard some loud music coming from around the corner on Winston St.

    There's a Graffiti gallery on Winston St. and they were having a Graffiti artist competition.

    The contestants had to use the same colors and use the word "Rise" in the design.

    Each artist had their own style and approach to the contest.

    This was a funny little moment we saw.

    We will get back to what they ended up looking like at the end of the post.
    After taking in the fumes of aerosol paint cans we continued down Main St heading to the Post Office.

    We reached Olvera Street and found a festival going on.

    It was Expo Mexico, a celebration of the culture and traditions of Mexico.
    Booths were lined all around the Plaza in Olvera Street.
    Each booth represented a different state of Mexico and had displays about their unique contributions to Mexican culture.

    Out on Los Angeles St. a grand stand was set up.
    When we passed by there was a group of dancers performing The Danza de los Viejitos (dance of the old men) which originates from the state of Michoacan.

    It is a humorous dance where the dancers wear masks of old people along with their typical campesino clothing. The dance starts out with aching and hunched over old men, with minimal movements. These movements turn into vigorous dancing combined with trembling and coughing and falling over by the "old men". The dance has lost its original meaning, and has now come to represent the richness of life expressed in a dance, as a gift to Baby Jesus, since they could not afford to give him anything else.

    After watching the dancers a bit we moved on to Olvera Street Market itself.

    We were feeling hungry and stopped in at one of our favorite local restaurant called La Golondrina, which is the oldest restaurant on Olvera Street.

    It's located in the Pelanconi House, built in 1857, it's the oldest surviving brick house in Los Angeles.

    Lunch was great. I love their mole sauce.
    And of course I had one of their fantastic Cadillac Margaritas!

    After finishing lunch we continued on to our destination, the Post Office.

    At last! We reached the Post Office!

    The building known as The Terminal Annex was built in 1940 and was the cutting edge of technolgy when it opened.
    It's also been used in movies and commercials.
    If you've ever seen the opening of the comedy Silver Streak, this is where Gene Wilder is seen walking into the train station.

    The inside of the Post Office is beautiful, with murals all along the main lobby.

    After achieving our goal of mailing our stuff we started back home.

    We, of course, detoured through Union Station on the way back.

    Just because it's so pretty inside.

    Here's a rare shot looking inside the old Fred Harvey restaurant.
    If you've seen the film Star Trek First Contact, this is the club from the Holodeck.

    Leaving Union Station we headed down Alameda Street.

    While heading back to the Old Bank District we reached the MOCA annex located in Little Tokyo.
    This is a mural on the side of the Annex building.

    Immediately adjacent to the MOCA annex is The Go For Broke Monument. It commemorates Japanese Americans who served in the United States Army during World War II.

    Also taking place was the Third Annual Tanabata Festival in Little Tokyo.

    Here's a qoute from wiki about Tanabata.

    (七夕?, meaning "Evening of the seventh") is a Japanese star festival, originating from the Chinese Qixi Festival. It celebrates the meeting of the deities Orihime and Hikoboshi (represented by the stars Vega and Altair respectively). According to legend, the Milky Way separates these lovers, and they are allowed to meet only once a year on the seventh day of the seventh lunar month of the lunisolar calendar. The date of Tanabata varies by region of the country, but the first festivities begin on July 7 of the Gregorian calendar. The celebration is held at various days between July and August.

    Large-scale Tanabata festivals are held in many places in Japan, mainly along shopping malls and streets, which are decorated with large, colorful streamers.
    The most famous Tanabata festival is held in Sendai from August 6 to August 8.

    Tokyo Disneyland often celebrates the Tanabata Festival featuring a greeting parade with Mickey as Altair and Minnie as Vega.

    The Streamers are so colorful in person.
    Especially when a breeze gently blows through.

    Here's a group of musicians playing a traditional Japanese song.

    Booths lined the plaza with all sorts of cool things.

    The entrance to The original Hompa Hongwanji Buddhist temple.

    Some girls in Kimono's looking at some figurines.

    We headed over to the Little Tokyo Village Plaza.

    And encountered Arthur Nakane, the 1-Man Band.

    Loved his use of color and using every appendage possible.

    Of course, spin the wheel at the Sanrio store for some free Hello Kitty swag.

    Lot's of people enjoying the festival.

    Brett couldn't resist a photo op with his favorite character Hello Kitty!

    Another tradition of the Tabanata Festival is writing a wish and putting it on one of the wish trees.

    In present-day Japan, people generally celebrate this day by writing wishes, sometimes in the form of poetry, on tanzaku (短冊 tanzaku?), small pieces of paper, and hanging them on bamboo, sometimes with other decorations.

    Making our way out of Little Tokyo we pass Weller Court.

    After all that we final make it back to our building.
    But before we crashed out we passed through the Graffiti contest to see what has transpired since we last saw them.

    Well, that was our trip to the Post Office.
    A bit tiring actually. But life is never dull in downtown Los Angeles.

    To quote Ferris Bueller.

    Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.
    From the Old Bank District in beautiful downtown Los Angeles this is Crazy Larry signing off.

    Last edited by Crazy Larry; 08-29-2011, 05:34 PM.
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  • #2
    Re: A trip to the Post Office (Photo heavy)

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            Re: A trip to the Post Office (Photo heavy)

            Originally posted by aimster View Post
            Is this a new theme park celebrating all things Diane?
            ROFL! You know, how ever many times I check for spelling I always miss something.
            Thanks for the catch. My "a" and my "s" wanted to switch places for some reason.:lol:

            Thanks again and Fixed.
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