July 30th, 2014 – Los Angeles (Day 1) – CA

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.

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  1. Judy

    I’m amazed at how many places we have seen on your tours. We too saw the Walt Disney Concert Hall and we also toured the Cathedral of the Lady of Angels when we were there with Amanda in 2010. I’ve done the copy and paste thing from my “Paper” below about that day. Hope you didn’t join a coach group for your tour of the Cathedral 🙂

    One thing that we did do that was very impressive was tour Our Lady of the Angels Cathedral. Just before we entered we could see the top of the Los Angeles High School nearby. When we walked near the chapel Jane learned that they were in the process of having a funeral. She had not known about this and requested that we be very quiet. As we passed by the huge chapel we could see the casket and people near the front. It was a very beautiful building with stained glass windows and ceilings. Also, as we toured the basement we passed by the crypt of Gregory Peck with these inscriptions printed there. His name plus April 5, 1916 – June 12, 2003. It had been his request to be placed there and shortly after his death the Cathedral received a check in his memory of $100,000. I must tell you a funny thing….. (at least to me it was funny) two ladies that we had never seen tagged along with our group throughout the entire tour. We don’t know if they intentionally got a free tour or thought it was one being given by a Cathedral employee. Erica said to them near the end of the tour “Do you know that this is a coach tour group”? They said, “You mean all these people know each other and are together”? As we got on the coach the two ladies strolled off up the street.

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