Olvera Street

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Cinco de Mayo is big here in SoCal. The celebration ran all weekend in El Pueblo des Los Angeles Historic district. Although we checked out the block party, we didn’t participate in the celebration. Instead, we visited Olvera Street. Olvera Street is the oldest part in downtown Los Angeles. It is this area of El Pueblo where Los Angeles was founded by Spanish settlers in 1781. Today, the site on Olvera Street is a market preserving the Spanish culture. Visitors pay homage to this version of old Mexico, where they can dine in authentic Mexican restaurants and browse among the many shops that line the red brick path filled with pinatas, Mexican pottery, sombreros, and hanging puppets.

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Along Olvera Street, we visited the oldest house in Los Angeles, Avila Adobe, built in 1818. We entered a courtyard filled with cacti, and inside the house, rooms are preserved as it was then. The aged wood groaned and creaked with each foot step. Old Mexican potteries were on display in an outdoor kitchen.

Avila Adobe Courtyard

Avila Adobe Courtyard

Mexican pottery inside Avila Adobe.

Mexican pottery inside Avila Adobe.

I enjoyed the history of the place, but being a popular tourist site along with Cinco de Mayo festivities, it was a bit too crowded for our liking in such a tight spot. I expected to see Spanish dancers and men singing, but that didn’t happen. Perhaps with the main festivity going on, this didn’t occur that day.

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