Saturday, October 8, 2011

Olvera Street, California

This last summer we made a day trip to Olvera Street. We packed up the car with lunch and snacks, and headed down south to Los Angeles.
 Olvera Street is the birthplace of the City of Los Angeles, otherwise known as El Pueblo Historic Monument.  The colorful village features 27 historic buildings with a traditional Mexican style plaza area.
 We weaved in and out of the stalls along the cobble stones, marveling at the street cart wares and vibrant colored items. I especially loved the displays such as these sandals.
Look at this wonderful candy cart!

 Some of the historic buildings were preserved as a museum so you could see how a family might have lived a long time ago. Others were made into souvenir shops and restaurants.
 I love how inviting this shop is with it's lovely tissue paper banners and star lanterns.
 These Wedding dresses are  so beautiful, all hand embroidered! I would love to own the white one in the middle. :)  Then behind them in another room were hundreds of beautifully adorned Mariachi costumes!

We had our lunch in the front of a large gazebo and was happy to be entertained by some Aztec dancers.
It was a nice day trip and I hope we can do it again.
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