El Centro de Ciudad

I drove to downtown LA today.  I took some photos from my car as I looked for a better parking deal than $3.00 every 15 minutes.  While looking for parking, I also had to navigate the one way streets as I attempted to get to my destination.



There are a lot of new modern high rise apartments going up in downtown, but there are also lots of old small shops selling wares at discounted prices.


I finally found parking for $6.00 flat rate.  What a deal.  And very close to The Last Bookstore, where I was headed.  It’s a funky place with literally millions of used books.  But the funky part is how the books are arranged, and the decor that’s made with books.  In the picture below, I’m standing on the second floor.  The design above the window is made with books.  The second floor is like a tunnel that goes on and on with shelves everywhere.



I knew I’d be hungry for the ride home in Friday rush hour traffic, so I got a quick bite at Starbucks.  A sandwich with melted mozzarella, pesto and tomatoes.  Besides many high rise apartments, there are a lot of artists lofts. I think most of the tenants must have a dog.  Lots of dog walking going on.  A nice day for walking.  Kind of balmy.


I’m working on another piece for my map series.  Many years ago, while hitch hiking through Europe, a friend and I stayed in a youth hostel in the Black Forest in Germany, and then took a trip on the Rhine.  In the city of Bacharach, the hostel was actually a castle on a hilltop.  For the piece below, I primarily used fabric, except for the map itself.  I still have some stitching to do.


A photo below of the Black Forest.


And another of Bacharach.


Still a lot of lands to see, but a visit to El Centro de Ciudad is always balm for a soul yearning to wander.  Hope you have time for wandering this week.