Vivian's advice for you if you ever go to that neighborhood:
1. don't park on the street.
2. park in a designated parking lot only. (costs about $6.00 for the day)
3. don't make eye contact with anyone.
4. don't dress like a tourist--try to blend in, if you can.
5. don't eat the food down there.
6. don't use the bathrooms down there.
7. carry pepper spray, if you have it.
8. clean your hands with antibacterial spray when you get back to your car.
9. pray your car is o.k. and is still in the parking lot.
10. never settle for the price they first tell you...those people are ready to wheel-and-deal!
The Michael Levine store is the first store we went to. Huge and great prices. Lots of fabrics and notions of all kinds. But we went to all the little stores too in the neighborhood. Finally we found a little shop with bolts of gorgeous fabrics, wall to wall, floor to ceiling. There, we got everything we needed....and the prices were great!
Here are a few more views of LA. See the layer of smog as we drove into to town? Cough. Cough. My daughter goes to LA all the time. She loves it. I only like to visit on occasion. I prefer living in my quiet little neighborhood in Orange County!
Here's a picture of the downtown area they are trying to clean up and renovate. My daughter worked on the film Spiderman 3 on this very street. It's where the Sandman made a big sandstorm and taxi cabs went flying all around. It looks like New York City, don't you think? This old part of Los Angeles is used for lots of movies and shows that we, the audience, thinks it is New York City. More Hollywood magic!
Oh, such adventures Daughter #2 and I have! I will miss her when she gets married this Dec.