"Cheers Mike, hoping your year ahead is filled with great adventures!"
We were to meet up with our tour guides in downtown Los Angeles at noon. We were given great and precise directions on when and where to meet. The mystery began for us in chinatown where we parked our car. We arrived an hour early and had time to wander and explore.
Oooh I was so excited for our tour to begin. The word Esoteric is defined as: "Intended or understood by only a few ...not publicly disclosed, confidential." I love the play on that with the name of this tour "Esotouric" what a fun adventure. We certainly are on the brink of something confidential...all the little secret places with hidden stories about to be revealed as we board the Esotouric Bus!
On to Boyle Heights in East Los Angeles. This is Mariachi Plaza which has been the meeting place for hundreds of Mariachi bands since the 1960's. Fascinating cultural experience in the heart of Los Angeles that many Angelenos have never seen.
Here our guides have arranged for an opera singer to perform a lovely "Aria" on the steps of Mariachi plaza. There exists a special association between Opera and Mariachis in relationship to the author James Cain but you will have to go on the tour to find out all about that.
I'm going to end here by telling you that there were many more surprises that filled this great afternoon. I felt like it was as much a gift for me as it was for my husband. I mean how often can you say I had a really fun adventure where you can be swept away literally to unexpected places and told secret stories about things that happened long ago in your own city?
Truly a fun experience for Mike and me! Somedays you just get lucky!