When we left off yesterday the amazing metro adventure in Los Angeles was well underway. The area at the top of Angels flight gave us a nice view of the city.
We were back on the blue line and with just one stop til the end of the blue line we quickly made a transfer to the Gold line taking us to Union Station.
Interior and Exterior views of Union Station. Definitely worth wandering around in the main lobby and exterior. A landmark Los Angeles building.
"The station opened in May 1939, one of a number of union stations in the United States and consolidated remaining service from its predecessors La Grande Station and Central Station. It was built on a grand scale and became known as "Last of the Great Railway Stations" built in the United States. It was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1980." -wikipedia
While here you are just across the street from the historic "Olvera Street" so be sure to make that part of your stop.
We are northbound to our next destination: Chinatown
It's lunch time and we're ready to eat!
Our destination is the Empress Pavilion for Dim Sum
We have forgotton it is "Father's Day" and the line out the door is a 2 hour wait to be seated for lunch. Obviously we did not put our name on the wait list. But here's a tip just around the corner a few feet from the restaurant entrance is the take out for the restaurant, same menu, same kitchen, same dim sum. While Mike ordered our food I went next door to the restaurant and fought the crowds and made my way to the bar and ordered two cokes to go. By the time I was out of there Mike had our food. We found a nice quiet spot in the Pavilion and happily ate our bbq'd pork buns, fried gyoza dumplings and our stuffed shrimp and pork dim sum....yum!
Time to leave Chinatown for our next stop
but before we leave Mike takes out two pennies for us to make a wish at the old wishing fountain
There are many choices listed on the fountain to aim your coin. Among the many choices you can choose, health, wealth, love and more.
We both tossed our coins aiming for "Happiness"
Here's the Happy God...a cute round fella.
Next stop Mariachi plaza
After a nice chat with a group of marichi's it's time to head back on the gold line to Union station
Nice to see the City Hall building among all the sites in Civic Center, downtown Los Angeles.
From the Gold line we transfer to the Red line and our destination is Universal City Walk
This is such a speedy trip in comparison to the crowded freeway which we passed. Plus we have not had to pay any parking fees all day or worry about the price of gas. The Metro all day pass sure is a great way to see the city.
Once you exit the metro stop for Universal city cross the street and catch the free shuttle bus
This shuttle bus/tram brings visitors up the big hill to the entrance of city walk and Universal studios.
By the time we get to City Walk it is mid afternoon and the sun is shining very brightly.
We had fun strolling among the many tourists and had to laugh at all the places we have been in just one day.
Universal CityWalk Hollywood is a three-block entertainment, dining, shopping promenade. Options include more than 30 places to eat, a 19-screen movie theater featuring IMAX®, seven night spots, indoor skydiving and more than 30 stores.
Our last stop was viewing the indoor skydiving event. You can actually buy tickets to do this and it was really fun to watch people in the see through wind tunnel as they floated above the ground.
Mike was surprised and said, " okay next time, you're doing this!" Yikes!
By late afternoon with a full day of sightseeing accomplished it was time to head home. Getting home on the Metro was a breeze. We had spent a full day from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. seeing so many sites in Los Angeles. There is still a ton more to do and experience and we both agreed wed like to take the Metro again to discover more places of interest in our own city.
You should try it too! It's a great way to travel.