Saturday, February 12, 2011

A magical hour in old Mexico

I don't know if I ever mention enough how much I love Los Angeles.  I know I don't say it enough. As Jack always says, "LA is my lady."  Optimism oozed out of every corner of the city today and the sun shone in blue skies.  It's a Saturday and families are out. In Olvera Street, all kinds of people were taking in the sun, with babies in arms and in strollers, tourists in hats, cowboys and their ladies coming in for hats and leather boots, and children buying their weekend candy.  I'm suddenly mad about huipiles, the cotton dresses embroidered with flowers and trees and birds.  (I shall wear mine with silver clogs, a pair of knickers and red lipstick.  I may even wear flowers in my hair.)  Olvera Street is full of them and finally, at the end on the left, just where my clever friend Miranda said they'd be, a shop stuffed full of traditional dresses, Mexican silver and pottery, crepe paper flowers in orange and pink and yellow, Dia des los Muertos figurines, traditional Mexican hats, artisanal silver mirrors, stamped leather purses and corazon ardiente (the heart bursting with flames). Tucked behind Union Station and next to El Pueblo de Los Angeles, Olvera Street is the oldest part of Downtown Los Angeles and includes 27 historic buildings. Despite the cheap clutter sold mostly for the benefit of tourists, it's impossible to walk down the street without being transported to old Mexico. Try it on a sunny day.


That's Not My Age said...

Sounds fantastic. I've never been to LA but it's on the list.

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Miss Whistle said...

@TNMA Come to LA! I'll show you round!

@la mi Thank you for visiting.

Miss W

Cosas Lindas y Pequeñas said...

Got here through the NYT article this Saturday morning with my coffee... and loving your blog! Def. sticking around and reading you. I have a thing for blogs about people living outside their native country and loving it. Wherever that may be.
BTW, I´m Mexican so you can imagine the big & proud smile on my face after reading your love for this little Mexican shop in LA. Yay!

Miss Whistle said...

@Sue -- So glad you made it over here and I'm very glad you're making yourself at home. Welcome! x

-- Miss W