Wordful Wednesday-Olvera Street in Los Angeles

Olvera Street is the oldest street in Los Angeles and a great place to spend the afternoon with the family, if you want my opinion.  We took the Metro Link into Union Station and walked across the street to enjoy the sights, sounds and flavors of  Olvera Street.  Olvera Street has a bunch a little kiosks with Mexican hand-crafts and knick-nacks, and it’s a great place for authentic Mexican food.  Plus, it’s one of those Los Angeles landmarks that you have to visit if you are here.

 I always love walking through the Avila Adobe, too.  Tours are free and the adobe has the distinction of being the oldest standing residence in Los Angeles.  Built by Francisco Avila  in 1818,  it is brimming with charm and functionality.  My kids loved that the adobe walls are  2 1/2-3 feet thick.  I’m pretty sure that if I were alive in 1818 in Los Angeles, this is the house I’d want to live in.

No trip to Olvera Street would be complete without a meal of fresh Mexican fare.  There’s just something about homemade salsa and tortilla chips…..

The nice thing about Olvera Street is that it’s small, it’s outdoors for the most part, and it can be experienced in a few hours.  I’m pretty sure that’s why my kids liked it.  It didn’t seem heavy on the history, or time.

What are some of the places that everyone should visit when they are in your area?

Wordful Wednesday is like Wordless Wednesday, only WITH words. It’s for those of us that can’t contain the chatter, but in a good way. More info. in my tabber box titled WW on the right. Thank you for playing along!

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About Angie

Angie is a CRAFT dabbling, recipe making, WORD loving, sunshine hording, book DEVOURING, Mama to a lot! She's kind of in love with Instagram right now, so if you want her attention, go find here there. {smiling}

Comments

  1. 1
    Dumb Mom
    Twitter: thenagainphoto
    says:

    I honestly am ashamed to admit that I lived in LA for 16 years and I never went to any of these places. It’s sad how much us LA-ians don’t get out!

    • 2
      Angie
      Twitter: 7clowncircus
      says:

      I love that you were my first commenter! Next time you are in LA, we should do the sights together!

  2. 3
    Mommy Moment
    Twitter: mommymomentblog
    says:

    I agree, things that do not take all day are much better received by the kids!

    Thanks for the linky!
    Jody

  3. 5
    genny
    Twitter: GennyHeikka
    says:

    Definitely looks like a fun day. I hope you had fun in SF too!

    • 6
      Angie
      Twitter: 7clowncircus
      says:

      Thank you for your suggestions. We did Fisherman’s Wharf, drove my the Painted Ladies, went to Chinatown, and did a lot of driving around just “looking”.

  4. 7
    Kristi {at} Live and Love Out Loud
    Twitter: TweetingMama
    says:

    I’d like to lock my children in the Avila Adobe whenever they’re arguing. The walls would be thick enough to drown out the sound and save my sanity! Great pics, Angie. 🙂

    • 8
      Angie
      Twitter: 7clowncircus
      says:

      Now THIS is a great suggestion. I wonder if they’d notice if I just left mine there……I mean, they wouldn’t “hear” them right? 🙂

  5. 9
    blueviolet @ A Nut in a Nutshell says:

    I love the authenticity of the area! I’d love to go there!

  6. 11

    How fun!! What a neat place – if I’m ever in LA I’m definitely going there.

    • 12
      Angie
      Twitter: 7clowncircus
      says:

      You’d love it, and the nice thing is that it doesn’t take all day!

  7. 13
    Alexia
    Twitter: babiesandbacon
    says:

    Go guys go on such cool adventures!! What a cool looking market. Your pics really do it justice. I’ll add this place to my list of things to do in Cali!

  8. 15
    Life with Kaishon says:

    This looks like such a fun adventure. I love it : ) The kids are cute, cute, CUTE! Those smiles are the best : )

  9. 17
    Terra Heck says:

    That adobe residence looks beautiful. I’ve never been to LA. Looks like you had a lovely time.

    • 18
      Angie
      Twitter: 7clowncircus
      says:

      When you make it here, definitely add in an hour at least to visit!

  10. 19
    Rachel {at} Mommy Needs a Vacation
    Twitter: RachelVoorhees
    says:

    Everyone should visit NAPA when they are visiting my hood….hands down.

  11. 22
    Erin
    Twitter: ErinsMiracles
    says:

    WOW I haven’t been there since spanish class in High school! I really do need to take the kids!

  12. 24
    dysfunctional mom says:

    Looks like a VERY cool place to visit! I so want to visit CA. One of these days!

    • 25
      Angie
      Twitter: 7clowncircus
      says:

      Put it on your bucket list. 🙂 The good thing is that the weather is good year round so you won’t be limited by the weather…:)

  13. 26
    Robin from Israel
    Twitter: RobinTA
    says:

    What a great looking tour, no wonder the kids had a blast :).

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  14. 28
    Barb @ A Life in Balance
    Twitter: BarbHoyer
    says:

    It sounds like a great trip! I wish I weren’t on the other coast. Is it stroller friendly?

    • 29
      Angie
      Twitter: 7clowncircus
      says:

      I single stroller works, but a double would be REALLY tight. 🙂

  15. 30
    Stacy Uncorked
    Twitter: RandomCoolChick
    says:

    What an amazing place! Next time we’re in LA we’ll definitely have to check it out. 🙂 As for the best place for someone to visit while in our area is a smorgasbord – it’s so rife with history and historical places to visit…the top one being the Battlefields in Gettysburg. 🙂

    • 31
      Angie
      Twitter: 7clowncircus
      says:

      I’ve been to Gettysburg but never did a smorgosboard (sp?) while there. Now I’m really bummed! 🙂

  16. 32
    Susie's Homemade says:

    What a neat place!!

    • 33
      Angie
      Twitter: 7clowncircus
      says:

      It really is……although they don’t have cupcakes like yours…..

  17. 34
    cat@juggling act says:

    What a lovely trip and day out. Here it is simple- it’s big 5 country – go on safari.

    • 35
      Angie
      Twitter: 7clowncircus
      says:

      You know how many people would kill (no pun intended) to go on safari? So exotic and rare. My kids would DIE to do this. Lucky you. 🙂

  18. 36

    I like your photos, what did you use to make your collages? Thanks for the opportunity to link up and meet new friends!

    • 37
      Angie
      Twitter: 7clowncircus
      says:

      Picnik. Both for effect and collages! 🙂 I have the paid version. Don’t know if you can make the collages for free, but I know the effects are free.

  19. 39
    Paula Kiger
    Twitter: biggreenpen
    says:

    I enjoyed your pictures! As far as what people should visit in my area, it’s tough to say. For adults (and some kids) there’s a museum about 1.5 hours from here of Camp Gordon Johnston, where the beach was turned into a training area for WWII amphibious landings in the 40’s. There is an amazing amount of memorabilia AND great explanations of the history there. I love it and I love the veterans.

  20. 40
    Nicole@MTDLBlog
    Twitter: MTDLBlog
    says:

    What a wonderful day with the family. The pictures turned out great too! 🙂

  21. 42
    Melanie @ Whimsical Creations
    Twitter: melaniescrafts
    says:

    Looks like a beautiful place to visit!

  22. 44

    I haven’t been there in years! Makes me want to take the kids!

    • 45
      Angie
      Twitter: 7clowncircus
      says:

      Yes. Take the kids one morning or afternoon. I like to visit in the morning, eat lunch there and then leave. 🙂

  23. 46
    imperfectmomma
    Twitter: imperfectmomma
    says:

    Sigh…when people come to our town? The coolest thing to seeis…DC. Sad but true, nothing incredibly cool like that here. Well, at least IMO

  24. 48
    Teresha@ Marlie and Me
    Twitter: Mommy2Marlie
    says:

    That is a side of LA you never see advertised. I love cool family outings like this one.

    • 49
      Angie
      Twitter: 7clowncircus
      says:

      It’s really cool to, to go into LA and then be completely submerged in the culture in that little area!

  25. 50
    Anti-Supermom says:

    Looks like the perfect outing for the day!

    Thanks, once again, for hosting~

    • 51
      Angie
      Twitter: 7clowncircus
      says:

      I always appreciate you playing along….and stopping by to see what you are being wordful about!

  26. 52

    Thanks for such a fun meme! I much prefer my Wednesdays with words.

  27. 54
    threeundertwo
    Twitter: threeundertwo
    says:

    That does look like fun! Amazing that that adobe has survived so many earthquakes. Maybe we should all live in houses with 2 1/2 foot walls.

  28. 56
    Caitlin {Pacifier In My Pocket}
    Twitter: paciferpocket
    says:

    I love the purse shots, so colorful and pretty!

    • 57
      Angie
      Twitter: 7clowncircus
      says:

      Did you get to see my wordful wednesday with pictures of us from Blogher?

      • 58
        Caitlin {Pacifier In My Pocket}
        Twitter: paciferpocket
        says:

        No, I’m still trudging through my reader catching up on post. I just looked for them really quick. So cute!

  29. 59
    Elaine
    Twitter: elainea
    says:

    We live 20 minutes of the Tabasco plant/factory. The one that makes ALL the Tabasco in the entire world. It’s actually pretty cool to see. Plus the gift shop has some “hot” ice cream! 😉

  30. 60
    Anne
    Twitter: anne_hogan
    says:

    That looks like so much fun! Lately I’ve been trying to get out and explore my own area more often. 🙂

  31. 61
    Stesha
    Twitter: SteshaSims
    says:

    Such a cool family outing! There’s so many great places to visit in our city – but I’m brain fried and can’t recall a single name!:)

    Hugs and Mocha,
    Stesha

  32. 62

    We wouldn’t get out of that place w/o at least 3 new handbags…

    Cool house.

  33. 63
    Stacy Molter says:

    That house is gorgeous! I would LOVE to live there!

    Have a wonderful week!

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    Unknown Mami says:

    I love Plaza Olvera. I haven’t been in decades, but I have very fond memories.