sábado, 24 de marzo de 2018

Dominguez Gap Wetlands | Long Beach, CA

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Dominguez Gap Wetlands

The Dominguez Gap Wetlands is small restored wildlife habitat area adjacent to the Los Angeles River, in the city of Long Beach. These wetlands are completely man made by the Los Angeles County Flood Control District as a flood control zone for the Los Angeles river.

The Dominguez Gap is a great place for a walk or run. It offers a 2-mile round trip hike around the wetland zone. The loop can be hiked in either direction. The trail is well maintained and reasonably flat. One side is dirt and the other side is paved. There are a variety of native plants, seasonal birds, rabbits and tortoises.

Dominguez Gap Wetlands
Dominguez Gap Wetlands
Dominguez Gap Wetlands
Dominguez Gap Wetlands


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domingo, 18 de marzo de 2018

Olvera Street | Los Angeles, CA

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Olvera Street

Olvera Street is part of El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument, which includes many of the city’s oldest buildings. This street dates to 1930, when it was established to celebrate the city’s Mexican heritage. Today, Olvera Street is a pedestrian street full of shops and restaurants. There are 27 buildings of various ages, including the Avila Adobe, at 10 Olvera Street.

Los Angeles was founded in 1781 by Spanish settlers on a site southeast of today's Olvera Street near the Los Angeles River. 

The Avila Adobe is the oldest standing structure in the city. Originally built in 1818 by Francisco José Avila. Avila’s family lived in the house until 1868 when it was taken over by the North American army. The building is made of adobe brick, a material consisting of clay, water and other organic materials like straw. Today, the Avila Adobe’s interior depicts the California lifestyle of the 1840s.

Olvera Street
The Avila Adobe
The Avila Adobe

The Avila Adobe
The Avila Adobe

viernes, 9 de marzo de 2018

Union Station | Los Angeles, CA

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Union Station

Union Station is the main train station in Los Angeles, California. The site is on the original location of Los Angeles' Chinatown, which was moved to make way for the station.

Union Station was the last of the great American rail stations that were built. Visitors can see a unique architectural combination of Spanish Colonial Revival and Art Deco styles. In the waiting room, travelers stroll along the marble-floored main hall, with cathedral ceilings, original leather chairs and 3000-pound chandeliers. Its design make it seem large and open.

📺 This landmark is one of Los Angeles’ most iconic movie locations. All areas of the station have been backdrops for films.

Union Station
Union Station

Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels | Los Angeles, CA

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Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels

The Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels is an impressive building in downtown Los Angeles. It has a really interesting modernist design and a great collection of relics.

Our Lady of the Angels replaces the Cathedral of Saint Vibiana. It served the archdiocese for over a hundred years until it was damaged in an earthquake in 1994. Rather than try to repair it, the archdiocese sold the church to the city and constructed a new cathedral in a different location. The new cathedral opened in 2002.

Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels

The Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels was designed by Spanish architect, Rafael Moneo. He made minimal use of right angles and incorporated the latest techniques for earthquake safeguards. 

The exterior is made of architectural concrete in an ocher hue reminiscent of California missions. The interior is an expansive space, brightly illuminated, with a high vaulted ceiling. At one end of the sanctuary are the main altar, the choir risers and a huge organ. The side walls of the nave are covered with 25 tapestries titled the Communion of Saints, depicting 135 saints and blesseds from around the world. Installed at the south ambulatory of the Cathedral is a 17th Century Spanish Baroque retable.

Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels
Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels
Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels

Walt Disney Concert Hall | Los Angeles, CA

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Walt Disney Concert Hall

The Walt Disney Concert Hall, in downtown Los Angeles, is one of the city's premier cultural destinations. The stainless steel exterior forms, symbolizing musical movements, have now become iconic. It is home to the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Los Angeles Master Chorale. There are free daily audio tours, as well as private group tours.

The Concert Hall is situated on historic Bunker Hill at the intersection of First Street and Grand Avenue, adjacent to the existing Music Center of Los Angeles.

In 1987, Lillian Disney donated $50 million to "build a world-class performance venue as a gift to the people of Los Angeles and a tribute to Walt Disney's devotion to the arts". The  following year, Frank Gehry was selected from among several candidates during a design competition.

A rose-shaped fountain made from Royal Delft porcelain is a tribute to Lillian Disney in the Level 3 garden.

Frank Gehry created a similarly building for the Guggenheim Museum, in Spain. Everyone thinks that Disney Hall is a "copy" of that museum but the real fact is that the design for Disney Hall came first.

Walt Disney Concert Hall
Walt Disney Concert Hall

sábado, 24 de febrero de 2018

Battleship USS Iowa | San Pedro, CA

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Battleship USS Iowa

The Battleship USS Iowa is the West Coast’s only battleship museum at the San Pedro waterfront, California. This huge battleship is a naval museum that honors and illustrates the contributions of the USS Iowa and its crew at important moments in American history.

Built in 1940, the Iowa was an important part of the Navy fleet for five decades. The battleship, nicknamed “The Big Stick,” saw action for four decades in World War II, the Korean Conflict and the Cold War. The ship was decommissioned in 1990 and then served as a training and reserve vessel until arriving in Los Angeles in 2012.

Visitors follow a single route that passes through a wardroom, the vessels upper decks and the captain’s quarters.

Battleship USS Iowa
Battleship USS Iowa
Battleship USS Iowa
Battleship USS Iowa
Battleship USS Iowa




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