Sunshine Girls Walking Tour of DTLA

 

Thank you to Jennifer Faust for spending the day with me exploring Downtown Los Angeles! Enjoy the video:

Jennifer and I worked on cruise ships and traveled around the world. During the COVID, great pause, we have both been in California and this was our first adventure outside together. We wandered around Downtown Los Angeles and walked six miles. We ate at Grand Central Market and browsed in the Last Book Store. We cannot wait to go back to go inside all of the museums we saw.

My favorite thing was seeing the part of the Berlin Wall which is now in Los Angeles. I remember being in Eastern Europe in 1988 and crossing from the EAST to the WEST when they literally took the train apart to make sure no one was hiding to enter the west.

I am glad that there are more opportunities to be together safely now here in California. Enjoy our Sunshine Girl Walking Tour! When we sailed from San Francisco to Asia on a World War II cruise, we had all cloudy weather and called ourselves the Sunshine Girls as we searching for more sunny days.

Where did we go?

Union Station

Olvera Street

LA PLAZA DE CULTURA Y ARTES 

A 12-foot segment of one of the most infamous walls ever constructed is now in Downtown Los Angeles. A 2.7-ton piece of the Berlin Wallis on display at LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes, the Mexican-American history and culture-focused museum at 501 N. Main St. The segment, called the “Wall Against Walls,” was originally sent by a Berlin-based nonprofit to President Donald Trump in November, for the 30th anniversary of the tearing down of the barrier, but the administration refused. A letter specifically addressed to Trump was written on the side talking about the United States’ support for tearing down the wall. The piece was installed at the museum Feb. 7, 2020.

UNITED STATES COURTHOUSE

CITY HALL

Los Angeles Times former building

Grand Central Market

Angels Flight

THE BRADBURY BUILDING

THE LAST BOOK STORE

MILLENNIUM BILTMORE HOTEL

CATHEDRAL OF OUR LADY OF ANGELS

MOCA: MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART

THE BROAD MUSEUM

WALT DISNEY CONCERT HALL

GRAND PARK

Back to UNION STATION

Jen’s iPhone said we walked 6.2miles and over 15,000 steps around Los Angeles! Photos and videos by Lisa Niver on #iPhone12ProMax!

Map of our day on Traveller’s Point:

Jennifer and I worked together on cruise ships! Learn more about her in this interview:

Lisa Ellen Niver

Lisa Ellen Niver, M.A. Education, is a science teacher and is an award-winning travel expert who has explored 101 countries and six continents. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, she worked on cruise ships for seven years and backpacked for three years in Asia. You can find her talking travel at KTLA TV and in her We Said Go Travel videos with over 1.3 million views on her YouTube channel. As a journalist, Niver has interviewed an Olympic swimmer and numerous bestselling authors and has been invited to both the Oscars and the United Nations. She is the founder of We Said Go Travel which is read in 235 countries and was named #3 on Rise Global’s top 1,000 Travel Blogs. She was named both a Top 10 Travel Influencer and a Top 50 Female Influencer for 2021 by Afluencer and is the Social Media Manager for the Los Angeles Press Club. She has been nominated for the inaugural Forbes 50 over 50/Know Your Value list due out in Summer 2021. She has hosted Facebook Live for USA Today 10best and has more than 150,000 followers across social media. Niver is a judge for the Gracies Awards for the Alliance of Women in Media and has also run 15 travel competitions publishing over 2,500 writers and photographers from 75 countries on We Said Go Travel. For her print and digital stories as well as her television segments, she has been awarded two Southern California Journalism Awards and two National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Awards. From 2017 to 2021 in the Southern California Journalism Awards and National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Awards, she has won four times for her broadcast television segments, print and digital articles. Niver won in 2021 as Book Critic and in 2019 for one of her KTLA TV segments NAEJ (National Arts and Entertainment Journalism) award. Niver won an award for her print magazine article for Hemispheres Magazine for United Airlines in the 2020 Southern California Journalism Awards and a 2017 Southern California Journalism Award for her print story for the Jewish Journal. Niver has written for National Geographic, USA Today 10best, TODAY, Teen Vogue, POPSUGAR, Ms. Magazine, Luxury Magazine, Smithsonian, Sierra Club, Saturday Evening Post, AARP, American Airways, Delta Sky, En Route (Air Canada), Hemispheres, Jewish Journal, Myanmar Times, Robb Report, Scuba Diver Life, Ski Utah, Trivago, Undomesticated, Wharton Magazine and Yahoo. She is writing a book, “Brave(ish): It's All About Perspective 50 Adventures Before 50,” about her most recent travels and insights. When she's not SCUBA diving or in her art studio making ceramics, she's helping people find their next dream trip.  http://lisaniver.com/one-page/

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