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Founded in 1797, this was the 17th mission to be built in California. Labor on the site was based on agriculture. Much of the current structure, especially the chapel have been extensively rebuilt due to earthquake damage. The mission includes lots of artifacts from the time that the mission was built. The cemetery is believed to contain several hundred native Americans and about twenty Franciscan friars and priests.

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Olvera Street

recommendation by allisonleah

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Olvera Street is a culturally rich area of East downtown Los Angeles. Mexican traditions and fiesta music fill the streets with joy. Stores sell little trinkets and Mexican traditional garments. There are TONS of restaurants all over the area and a small gazebo that usually has a Mariachi band playing in it.

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Hollywood Bowl

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Everybody has heard of the Hollywood Bowl; maybe even gone there. What is new is that about 5 years ago, they put in a new sound system, and it is terriffic. If you like classical music like I do, but have avoided the Bowl because of its lousy acoustics like I used to, GIVE IT ANOTHER TRY. The acoustics are now like a concert hall.

You will not be disappointed.

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Venice beach

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Extravagant, old fashioned, artificial... and yet really authentic! Not the most beautiful beach, but the most fun one I've ever been to!
A place to just sit and watch the people passing by!
Cute people, extra-oiled up-boys, skaters... dance to the rhythm of drums 'til sunset. Pretend to need help in the water and one of those Baywatch lifeguards just like in the tv series will save you!
Absolutely fun place with the look and feel of a movie.

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