Our amazing tour guide - pop culture historian - Charles Phoenix
The tour began at Union Station.
Charles got a little giddy because the security guard let us into the restaurant at Union Station - the last of the Harvey Houses.
Tile on the wall of the restaurant. A tour participant pointed out it was reminiscent of the Tiki Room.
En route to the subway, we stopped to see what would happen if the Matterhorn and Watts Towers mated (according to Charles)
Mural in the subway station
Taking "the monorail" to Chinatown
Our school bus transportation for the day
Dancers from San Gabriel getting ready for a performance
This family wasn't on our tour, but we thought they should have been, since they were all matching in orange the way some families tend to dress at Disneyland so they don't lose each other.
The first fire house in LA - near Olvera St.
Some newly restored buildings
The old Pico Hotel
Inside the oldest house on Olvera St.
Olvera Street shopping. We all got a taquito too.
We were starving when it was time for lunch at Clifton's.
"Not more jello," says Dave.
Clifton's has great desserts.
Look at all the jello!
I opted for the confetti jello. It was a mistake. There was miracle whip in it. Blech.
Cliftons is "Frontierland"
Anthony Quinn mural that I somehow had never seen, across from the Bradbury Building
Bradbury Building interior - way cool. As seen in many films, including Blade Runner.
Angel's Flight - no longer flies
Charles informs us we're going to climb all the stairs next to Angel's Flight in order to reach "Tomorrowland"
"No problem," says Dave. But I felt weighted down by miracle whip-infused jello.
Water Garden fountains, part of "Tomorrowland"
We stumbled across the filming of a Cadillac commercial. Ahh, autopia!
Disney Hall, personifying Tomorrowland
Charles was a very entertaining guide - and check out his retro slide show if you get a chance.
A fountain made of Lillian Disney's favorite china. They wanted to order broken pieces but the factory would only sell intact china, so it all had to be broken to build the fountain.
A stop at a sunken garden and a fountain that Charles thinks resembles a UFO launch pad.
Carroll Ave. - a row of Victorian homes. I had no idea this was in LA.
Check out the creepy mannequin.
Final stop - Bob Baker Marionette Theater for a show plus cake and ice cream!
Bob Baker, master puppeteer - age 86!