We spent yesterday driving to Los Angeles and found that the traffic is just as bad as it was when we were here before. We had tickets to the Dodgers game tonight, and only wanted to drive into town one time, so we decided to visit some of the buildings that are on Michelin’s “must see” list. The first picture is the Walt Disney Concert Hall. Lillian Disney made an initial gift of $50 million in 1987 to build a performance venue as a gift to the people of Los Angeles and a tribute to Walt Disney’s devotion to the arts and to the city. In addition to its original purpose, it has been in a lot of movies like Iron Man (Stark Industries has a party there) and Get Smart (the concert at the end of the movie is there).
The second picture is Union Station which is the largest passenger terminal in the western United States. It opened in 1939 and provides 60,000 passengers a day access to long-distance, commuter and subway trains. The next two pictures are from the Cathedral of the Lady of Angels. It opened in 2002, replacing the Cathedral of Saint Vibiana which was severely damaged in the 1994 Northridge earthquake. The cathedral name echoes the full name of the original settlement of Los Angeles “The Town of Our Lady the Queen of the Angels.
We went to Dodger Stadium tonight which helped us check another stadium off our list. We have now visited 60% of the MLB stadiums in the U.S. It is the third oldest baseball stadium in the U.S. (behind Fenway Park and Wrigley Field). This is the first stadium we have been in where the seats are segregated (if you buy the cheap seats, you have a separate entrance and can only go to certain parts of the stadium). The Dodgers won, so maybe we are back on our streak of bringing the home team luck.