Los Angeles, second largest city in the United States stretches on an amazing 80 kilometers from north to south. As a former New Yorker, the first thing that struck me is that everybody has its own car and drive it even within walking distance. It is then not too surprising to learn that the first metro line was built only in 1990. It is good to know that trains do not run on a tight schedule so you have to expect some waiting time at the platform, enough to take pictures:)
Exiting the Metro Rail’s red line at Persching square and you are in the heart of LA’s historic downtown. If you walk west towards the financial district, you will be meet by impressive soaring skyscrapers.
Walking only few block east from Persching square and you will be in narrow streets where you might do feel noticeably less secure. Do not forget to look up, to catch some interesting views on historic buildings.
Going back to Persching square and walking towards the Civic center metro station, the futurist Wall Disney Concert Hall is hard to miss. A visual delight for photographers, this building is the work of Pritzker Prize-winning architect Franck Ghery who also designed the Guggenheim museum in Bilbao. Walking along South Grand avenue gives you an always changing perspective on the beautiful facade and at night, the building reveals its golden metallic beauty.